COUN 699 - Internship Course

Application Deadlines

Deadline to apply for an internship in the 2015 fall semester:

  • July 13, 2015

Upcoming internship application deadlines:

  • Spring 2016 - December 7, 2015
  • Summer 2016 - April 4, 2016

Internship Opportunities

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Program Changes

  • Starting in spring 2014, students' start date to begin logging internship hours will be no earlier than the first official day of the academic semester.
  • The internship courses are 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.  However, our office will not approve early transition from practicum to internship.

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, 601, 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 COUN 500 as a prerequisite to COUN 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 state site lists, for each state. These lists are compiled of sites and supervisors previously used by Liberty students. If you would like a copy of a 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 internship courses are only offered in the A term each semester.  This means that they are full-semester courses.  The courses are approximately 16 weeks in fall and spring semesters and 14 weeks in summer.

*COUN students can only enroll in COUN 667 and the internship in the same semester if their 667 Intensive occurs before or in the same month as the start date for the internship. For example, if the spring start date for the internship is January 13, then to enroll in the internship for the spring term, the student must take the 667 Intensive in the month of January or before. If 667 is taken in February or March, then registration for the practicum/internship will be for the summer term.

Approval Documents

Important Documents

Important Note

  • All approval documents must be submitted to the Internship office through the SharePoint submission portal prior to the deadline listed on the Internship website. 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. The 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.

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.

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:

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.

COUN 699 Internship Site and Supervisor Change Procedures