Counselor Education
Internship Information

Internship is the second and final field experience in the Counselor Education Program at Cleveland State University, and is intended to provide students a supervised learning experience to develop and demonstrate the required skills and knowledge for the setting and population of his or her eventual placement. A site should be chosen for both the service they provide to their clients/students and for the learning opportunities they provide to the intern. Internship is offered starting in Fall semester (CNS 685/686) and ending in Spring semester (CNS 685/687). All required forms for internship are on this page. Please click on forms to retrieve them.

Internship Requirements:

Completion of all your course work prior to your internship experience will enrich your educational journey and is recommended. Completion of the following courses prior to internship is mandatory.

CNS 629 - Community Agency Counseling (CMHC only) CNS 620 - Counseling Lab
CNS 679 – Techniques of School Counseling (SC Only) CNS 622 - Counseling Theories
CNS 706 – Psychopathology (CMHC only) CNS 623 - Group Counseling
CNS 678 – Foundations of School Counseling (SC only) CNS 611 – Appraisal
Counseling Practicum (Must be completed prior to first day of internship) CNS 617 - Ethics

Some of the following courses may be taken concurrently with internship.

CNS 650 – Case Studies (CMHC ONLY) CNS 624 – Career
CNS 670 – Children & Adolescents (SC ONLY) CNS 712 – Theories
CNS 701-703 – Assessment (CMHC ONLY) ALD 603 – Life Span
CNS 701-703 – Assessment (CMHC ONLY) EDB 601 – Ed. Research
CNS 706 – Psychopathology (SC ONLY) CNS 617 - Ethics
CNS 709 – Psychopharmacology (CMHC ONLY) Electives



  • An internship application is due on or before March 8th prior to the intended year of internship. The application must be signed by your advisor. The application is available on this page.

Orientation meeting:

  • All students planning to take internship in the Fall and Spring must attend an orientation meeting which is held during the Spring. Please check News and Announcements on the counseling Web page for date, time, and location of the meeting.

Site Placement:

  • Students are primarily responsible for selecting and obtaining the internship site. This is to provide students the opportunity and flexibility to find a site most suited for their unique needs (e.g., geographic location, work requirements, family responsibilities, etc.)
  • School Counselors: The supervisor must be an Ohio Licensed/Certified School Counselor with at least 2 years of experience as a school counselor.
  • Clinical Mental Health Counselors: The supervisor must be an Ohio licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a supervision endorsement (PCC-s).

Site Requirements:
  • Student must have the opportunity to earn 600 total hours total in two semester. This means 300 (120 direct; 180 indirect) hours per semester. These 600 hours must include 240 direct service hours and 360 indirect service hours. This approximates 20 hours per week on site with 8 direct hours per week.
  • Student must be able to record at least 6 counseling. You must have the client and/or guardian sign the Consent to Tape Form before taping the session.
  • Please check on appropriate dress code for your site. Deep cut tops, overly tight clothing, see through clothing, flip-flops, sweat pants are deemed inappropriate.

Class Requirements:
  • Must attend weekly classes in addition to site requirements.
  • Course instructors will provide you with additional requirements to complete the practicum.

  • All students in the program are required to have liability insurance for the duration of practicum. Most professional organizations include liability insurance in their student memberships.

Some suggested insurance carriers are:

  • American Counseling Association (ACA) –
  • American School Counselor Association (ASCA) –
  • American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA) –
  • Other related professional associations Insurance companies
  • Sometimes insurance is covered by the school or agency.
  • Liability insurance obtained for practicum will expire during internship. Please make necessary arrangements to renew in a timely manner.

Forms to be completed:
Application Site Placement
Learning Contract Liability Verification
Log of Hours Site Supervisor Evaluation of the Student
Student Evaluation of Site  

For School Counselors

Please check with ESSC in Julka Hall 170 during Spring semester of internship for the necessary paperwork to complete to obtain your school counselor license. You may take your Praxis II soon after completing your Practicum or during internship in the Fall semester. Praxis is offered through

If you are terminated from your internship site, this will be considered an automatic failure to complete internship requirements. You must complete internship successfully, in addition to other coursework, to graduate.

Checklist Hours Log Sample I
Application Hours Log Sample II
Site Placement Form Hours Log Sample III
SC Learning Contract Hours Log Sample IV
CMHC Learning Contract CMHC Consent to Tape Form
Liabilty Insurance Verification SC Consent to Tape Form
SIte Evaluation by Intern Intern Evaluation by Supervision


Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
College of Education and Human Services
2121 Euclid Avenue
Education Building Cleveland, OH 44115

Campus Location
Julka Hall 210
2485 Euclid Avenue
Phone: 216.687.4612
Fax: 216.687.5379

Paolucci, Maxine
Tel: (216) 687-4613