CMHC 699 Internship 

Application Deadlines

The deadline for the Fall 2016 internship has passed.

Upcoming internship application deadlines:

  • Spring 2017: Dec. 5, 2016
  • Summer 2017: April 3, 2017
  • Spring 2017: Dec. 5, 2016
  • Summer 2017: April 3, 2017
  • Fall 2017 : July 17, 2017
  • Spring 2018: December 4, 2017
  • Summer 2018: March 26, 2018

Internship Opportunities

Program Changes

  • Students' start date to begin logging internship hours will be no earlier than the first official day of the academic semester.
  • The CMHC 699 internship course is a full-semester commitment. Students will remain with their internship site and supervisor for the duration of the academic semester. 
  • Students must complete a background check as part of internship application. Please visit the background check website in the menu to the left for further instructions.
  • For students enrolled in a degree prior to 2013-2014, the practicum and internship can still be completed in consecutive semesters.

Application Process

Requirements and Preparation

  • Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the posted application deadline                          
  • Complete Prerequisites: CMHC 500, 501, 502, 504, 505, 510, 512, 515, 521, 522, 646, 667*, 698 
    • Note: Students enrolled in a degree completion plan prior to 2013-2014 or took COUN 501 before Fall 2013 will not be required to complete CMHC 500 as a prerequisite to CMHC 699.

*Students may not enroll in CMHC 667 and CMHC 699 in the same semester. You must successfully pass CMHC 667 in order to enroll in CMHC 699.                     

  • Find an internship site and supervisor  
  • 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.
  • The practicum/internship office offers a site list for the state of Virginia. This list is compiled of sites and supervisors previously used by Liberty students. If you would like a copy of the state site list sent to you, please email your request to
  • Submit all the required approval paperwork by the deadline through the online submission portal 
  • 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. 
  • Please note that the CMHC 699 internship course is approximately 16 weeks in the fall and spring semesters and 14 weeks in summer. 

Approval Documents

Important Documents

Hour Requirements

Internship - CMHC 699

Minimum Internship hours 600:                      

Course Documents

 Internship - CMHC 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.

Changing/Adding Your Internship Site/Supervisor

Students are allowed to switch sites/supervisors or add an additional 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.