COUN 699 - Internship Course

Application Deadlines

Spring Semester 2016: Dec. 7, 2015

2016 Spring Submission Portal - Internship

Upcoming internship application deadlines:

  • Summer 2016: April 4, 2016
  • Fall 2016: TBD
  • Spring 2017: TBD
  • Summer 2017: TBD


Important Note

  • All approval documents must be submitted to the Internship office through the SharePoint submission portal prior to the deadline listed above. No late documents will be accepted. Submission of the above forms does not mean automatic acceptance of the proposed site and/or supervisor: they must be approved first. Liberty University wants to make sure the student's proposed site will provide a good education experience and that it has adequate oversight and safeguards built in to ensure an appropriate clinical environment.

Internship Opportunities

View Internship Opportunities

The Practicum/Internship office offers state lists, for each state. These lists are complied of sites previously used by Liberty students. If you would like a copy of a state site list sent to you, please email your request to with your state you wiould like a state site list.

Program Changes

  • AS of Spring 2014, official start date for Internship is the first official day of the academic semester.
  • The Internship courses are  offered in the A-Term and is a full-semester commitment.  Students will remain with their Internship site and supervisor for the duration of the academic semester. The courses are 17 weeks in Fall and Spring semesters and 15 weeks in Summer.
  • Students are allowed a maximum of 2 sites and 2 supervisors for Internship.
  • Students must complete a Background Check or a Re-Check through American DataBank as part of Internship application. Please visit the Background Check website in the menu to the left for further instructions.

Application Process

Requirements and Preparation

  • Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the posted application deadline                         
  • Complete Prerequisites:
    • COUN Students: COUN 500, 501, 502, 504, 505, 506, 510, 512, 515, 521, 522, 646, 667, 698
      • All pre-requisites courses are non-negotiable and must be successfully completed prior to the start of Internship.               
  • Find an Internship site and aupervisor.
  • Due to the potential time required in locating a site and supervisor, students are encouraged to begin looking for a site and supervisor 3-4 months prior to the application submission deadline set by the Practicum/Internship office.
  • Submit all the required approval paperwork through the online submission portal by the application deadline.
  • After your documents have been approved, you will receive an official approval email with your start date for earning hours. The Internship Office will register you for the course.

Approval Documents


Note: The Informed Consent and how the site maintains records will need to be submitted with a copy of the Fieldwork Contract for potential schools/church sites.


Important Documents

Changing/Adding Your Internship Site/Supervisor

Students are allowed to switch sites/supervisors, add an additional site/supervisor, or drop a site/supervisor during their internship experience. Students must follow the procedures laid out for the listed in the Internship Site and Supervisor Change Procedures document.

COUN 699 Internship Site and Supervisor Change Procedures

Requesting an Additional Semester of Internship:

Once you are approved for your first semester of internship, you can continue to enroll in up to 3 consecutive semesters of the COUN 699 internship course in order to complete all hours and requirements of the internship course.  You will submit your request for an additional semester of the COUN 699 internship course by completing a set of  assignments in your COUN 699 internship course in Blackboard. The 3 assignments that you will need to complete are:

  • Internship Documentation Quiz
  • Internship Site/Supervisor Paperwork
  • Liability Insurance Face Sheet

If you plan to continue with your current, approved site(s) and supervisor(s), then you will need to submit an updated fieldwork contract for each approved supervisor through the “Internship Site/Supervisor Paperwork” assignment link. Please send our office an email at after you have completed the 3 assignments to let us know that you have submitted your request for an additional semester.

Hour Requirements

Internship Course - COUN 699

Minimum Internship hours 600:                      

*For students in the Marriage & Family Therapy degree program, students' internship experiences must consist of work with couples, families, and individuals from a systems perspective, with the majority of the direct service clock hours occurring with couples and family units.

Note: Students need to check with their state counseling board for Internship requiremetns for their state.

Course Documents

Internship Course - COUN 699

Internship Sites

Below is a list of the types of sites that can typically be approved for internship fieldwork:

  • Counseling agency
  • Hospital
  • Private practice
  • University counseling center
  • Community services board
  • School*
  • Church**

*A potential school site must provide mental health services to elementary, middle, and/or high school-aged students. The site must use approved informed consent and maintain records of counseling sessions.

**A potential church site must be an established church counseling center/services that uses approved informed consent and maintains client records of counseling sessions.

Approved Supervisors for Internship

Examples of
Approved Supervisors

Examples of Supervisors
NOT Approved

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Psychologist (LP) – a Psychologist that earned a doctoral degree in Psychology (Psy. D.)
  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (from an accredited university)
  • Psychiatrist
  • Doctorate degrees that are not in the counseling field or are unaccredited
  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) – with the only exception of the macro- or clinical- designations in the state of Michigan.
  • Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC)
  • Master of Divinity
  • Pastoral Counselors
  • School Counselors
  • Supervisors who are not licensed in the same state as the internship site.

Examinations - COUN Students

At the end of their counseling training, students who are enrolled in the 48 hour and 60 hour License Professional Counselor Track and Marriage and Family Therapy track must complete the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and the Integration exam. For more information please access the links listed below: