COUC 999 Internship

Counseling, Research, and Leadership Internships

Doctoral students are required to complete doctoral level Internships that total a minimum of 600 hours in three of the five CACREP doctoral competencies (teaching, supervision, counseling, research, and leadership/advocacy). All CES students are required to take Teaching Internship (COUC 970); Supervision Internship (COUC 980); and Internship (COUC 999). The focus of the internship (COUC 999) will be determined on the basis of the student's experience, training, and area of interest.

Doctoral students who are not licensed clinicians are required to register for the Counseling Internship. Only doctoral students who are licensed clinicians have the option to register for a research or leadership internship. 

Application Deadline

Deadlines are non-negotiable.

The Spring 2019 Internship Application Deadline has passed: December 3, 2018

Upcoming internship application deadlines:

  • Summer 2019: March 18, 2019
  • Fall 2019: July 22, 2019
  • Spring 2020: December 9, 2019

  • Prerequisites
    • Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the posted application deadline
    • Complete Prerequisites:
      • All Students:
        • Advanced Theory Application (COUC 715)
        • Issues in Integration (COUC 730)
        • Advanced Research Design (COUC 740)
        • Advanced Multivariate Statistics & Quantitative Research (COUC 745)
        • Ph.D. Qualifying Exam (COUC 969)
        • Practicum (COUC 998)
      • Research Internship: Qualitative Research (COUC 750)
      • Leadership Internship: Documentation of qualifications specific to each project.
        • All pre-requisites courses are non-negotiable and must be successfully completed prior to the start of Internship.
  • Hour and Semester Requirements

    Counseling Internship (COUC 999): 200 hours:

    Research and Leadership Internships:

    200 clock hours internship-related activities that must include: 

    Semester Requirements:

    • Internship officially starts the first day of Liberty’s academic semester. 
    • Internship is a full-semester commitment. 
      • Students are required to earn hours each week of the semester with the approved site and supervisor.
    • Internship is an A-Term Course
      • 16-17 weeks during the Fall and Spring semesters 
      • 14-15 weeks during the Summer semester 
  • Internship Sites

    Below is a list of the types of sites that can typically be approved for Counseling Internships:

    • 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.

    Traditional site: A site offering traditional counseling services which address general population counseling needs of individuals, couples, and families. A traditional site is one which is not limited in its scope of practice to a counseling specialization requiring certification standards. 

    Disclaimer: If a student owns their own own private practice, we do not approve non-traditional counseling services (i.e. intensives, adventure, equestrian, alternative therapies, etc.)

  • Supervisor Information

    Students are allowed a maximum of two supervisors. Discuss the supervisor responsibility list with potential supervisors.

    • On-Site Supervisor: an individual who is an employed counselor at the site you are applying to complete your Internship at.
    • Off-Site Supervisor: an individual who is not an employed counselor at the site you are applying to complete your Internship at, but has received approval to come on site and provide supervision.


    Examples of Approved Supervisors

    • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (from an accredited university)
    • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
    • Licensed Psychologist (LP) – a Psychologist that preferably earned a doctoral degree in Psychology (Psy.D.)
      • All others degrees are reviewed on a case by case by the Practicum/Internship Office
    • Psychiatrist

    Examples of Supervisors Not Approved

    • 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.


  • Application Documents

    Counseling Internship Application Process

    1. Degree Completion Plan Audit
      • Located under Student Tab in ASIST
    2. Castle Branch Background Check Receipt
      • Background Check and FBI fingerprinting or Re-Check Background Check Receipt
      • Visit the Background Check website for further instructions.
    3. Supervisor's License Verification
      • Found on your state counseling board website.
      • Includes name, license number, issue date, expiration date, & current/active
    4. Fieldwork Contract
      • On-Site Fieldwork Contract
        • On-Site Supervisor: an individual who is an employed counselor at the site you are applying to complete your Internship.
      • Off-Site Fieldwork Contract
        • Off-Site Supervisor: an individual who is not an employed counselor at the site you are applying to complete your Internship, but has received approval to come on site and provide supervision.
      • Signed by student and site supervisor
        • The dates must match Liberty’s A-Term Semester dates. Check the Academic Calendar for the semester dates you will be completing Internship.
    5. Supervisor & Site Information Form
      • Signed by the site director, the supervisor, & the student
    6. Digital Photo of Student
      • Professional Photo, Driver's License, or Student ID
    7. Liability Insurance Face Sheet
      • Students are required to purchase their own coverage for the duration of Practicum and Internship.
      • Click on the Insurance Face Sheet link above for more information.
    8. Affiliation Agreement
      • Extensions will not be granted for Affiliation Agreement negotiations. 
      • Cover Page: Completed by a site representative
      • Agreement: Completed and signed only by legal signatory at site
      • Schedule A (Student Addendum): Completed and signed by the student
        • Review guidelines and instructions


    The Practicum and Internship Office does not accept electronic signatures on any approval documents, other than the Affiliation Agreement.

    The informed consent and how the site maintains records will need to be submitted with a copy of the Fieldwork Contract for potential school or church sites.

    Students are required to apply with the full application for their first semester of Internship, even if they are staying with the same site and supervisor from Practicum.

  • Document Submission
    • All approval documents must be submitted to the Ph.D. Internship office through the SharePoint submission portal prior to the deadline listed above. No late documents will be accepted without the permission of the Director of Clinical Training. Submission of the below forms does not mean automatic acceptance of the proposed site and/or supervisor; they must be approved first. Liberty University must validate the student's proposed site will provide a good educational experience and that it has adequate oversight and safeguards built in to ensure an appropriate clinical environment.
    • Due to the potential time required in locating a site and supervisor, students are encouraged to begin looking for a site and supervisor three to four months prior to the application submission deadline.
    • 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 approved start date for earning hours. Upon approval, the Internship Office will manually register you for the course.
    • Students enrolled in Counseling Internship will submit three different time preferences for WebEx Faculty Group Supervision. Our office will do our best to place each student in one of the two-time preferences selected. Our office cannot guarantee a specific day and time WebEx Faculty Group Supervision will be held as this is determined by the professor during Week One.
  • Changing Site and/or Supervisor

    Students are allowed to switch site(s)/supervisor(s), add an additional site/supervisor, or drop a site/supervisor during their Internship experience. Review our policy below.

    Disclaimer: If there is a change in the Site Director that is listed on the Site Information Form, our office will only need an updated Site Information Form with the new individual’s name and title. You will need to submit the updated Site Information Form via email to

  • Research and Leadership Internships

    Doctoral students who are licensed clinicians have the option to register for a Research Internship or Leadership Internship. You will submit your request to apply for these internships using the submission portal by the application deadline. You will need the following paperwork: 

    • Copy of your current license to verify eligibility
    • Liability Insurance Face Sheet
    • Proposed Faculty Supervisor 
    • Proposed Focus of Internship 

    Once you have completed the necessary steps, you will receive an email from to indicate that your request has been received.

    Approved Supervisors for Research or Leadership Internships

    • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (from an accredited university)
    • Ph.D. in a Counseling or Research related discipline 
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