At Calgary Counselling Centre we call our practicum placements internships. They provide psychology and social work graduate students the opportunity to gain knowledge and comprehensive counselling experience within a community-based counselling agency. Interns are assigned to a supervisor who will work with them over the course of eight months. Interns receive one hour of individual supervision and two hours of group supervision each week. Interns are invited to participate in all training and workshops at Calgary Counselling Centre during their Internship.


Practicum Placements

The eight-month internship terms begin in September, January and May of each year. Master’s students complete the following during their practicum:

  • Three days or 21 hours per week on site (unless your program has longer requirements)

  • Eight face-to-face counselling hours each week (each University program may have different requirements)

  • Weekly training seminars on Wednesdays either mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m.

  • One shift per month in the call centre

  • One on-call shift one weekday per month at 4 p.m.

  • Group therapy training

Admission Requirements

To be considered for the Graduate Internship Program, students must meet the following minimum admission requirements:

  • Current enrolment in a graduate program, from a recognized university, with a major in counselling psychology, clinical social work, marriage and family therapy or pastoral counselling and psychology

  • Two reference letters by professional or academic sources. The letters should comment on the motivation and ability to complete advanced training in counselling practice

  • A resume or curriculum vitae

  • An application letter, stating interest, qualifications and experience relevant to counselling. Applicants may also comment on how this program will help them meet their career goals

  • Unofficial transcript from current university

  • Police Check and Child Intervention Check (we will help you with both of these)

Application Process

Calgary Counselling Centre is currently accepting applications for January and May 2025. 

Follow the steps below to apply for an internship at Calgary Counselling Centre: 

  1. Complete the online Internship Application Form 

    Within the form, you will be prompted to  

    • Complete payment of a non-refundable $50.00 application fee  

    • Upload the following supporting documents: 

      • Cover letter

      • Resume/CV

      • University transcripts 

  2. Obtain two references 

    Once you have submitted your Application Form, you will receive a link to an electronic Reference From. Please forward this link to two references and ask them to complete and submit the form. 

  3. Interview 

    Once we’ve received your complete application form and both references, we will set up an interview with a counselling supervisor. You will be informed of the outcome within a couple of weeks after the interview. All admission decisions are final. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Student Program Administrator