Internships And Externships
Thank you for your interest in joining our team at the Counseling and Resource Center at Edmonds CC!
We are a recognized leader in providing internship placements in the clinical mental health counseling field in the State of Washington. Our mission is to provide comprehensive, compassionate, social justice focused, and culturally responsive counseling services to enhance student wellness. Our staff is committed to providing a safe, welcoming, and affirming space for all students and community members.
But don't just take our word for it! Here are what past interns have said:
"I will always be grateful to the Edmonds CC counseling center because they provided me with the ideal environment for me to learn and grow as a new counselor. Jessica, the director of the CRC, is intentional about ensuring that every counselor on her team is well-supported both on a clinical level and on an individual level. At a time when I was still figuring out what my counseling style would look like, I was given the freedom to figure that out on my own but also given direction by those on my team whenever I asked for it. I appreciate that the staff has a balance of both newer counselors and counselors that have been well-established in the field for many years. Along with the incredible sense of solidarity among the staff, the students that I had the honor of working with was just another reason to love the work that I was doing while I was at Edmonds CC. Given the diversity of the student population at Edmonds CC, I had the opportunity to work with individuals of many different cultural backgrounds and practice working these individuals in a culturally-sensitive manner. The experiences that I had at the Edmonds CC continue to inform my work as a counselor today."
Angelica Nevarez, former Intern from Seattle University
"I really appreciated the environment my co-workers created at Edmonds CC. It was supportive, humanizing, and caring. I also appreciated the opportunity to work with a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds including and not limited to age, culture, and presenting struggles."
Jordan Stables, former Intern from The Seattle School
"I had such an amazing internship experience at Edmonds CC. The staff was incredibly supportive and affirming. I loved being a part of the healing process with the students I worked with. I have so much gratitude for the connections I’ve built with the staff as well as the students. If you’re looking for a ‘work’ home, this is the place to be.”
Diana Chernisky, former Intern from Seattle University
Our clinical internship training program is designed for Masters level counseling students in their final year of a graduate counseling or counseling-related program. The Counseling and Resource Center at Edmonds CC is an approved internship site with the following graduate counseling programs:
- Antioch University
- Bastyr University
- Seattle University
- The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
- Seattle Pacific University
Counseling Interns typically work an average of 15-20 hours per week in the Counseling and Resource Center for one calendar/academic year. Weekly staff meetings/trainings are required, in addition to weekly clinical supervision. Weekly staff meetings are on Thursday's from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Professional development opportunities are offered and counseling interns are strongly encouraged to participate.
If you are interested in learning more about Edmonds CCs Counseling and Resource Center, we will be participating in several internship fairs. Come by, meet a few of the counselors, and see if it is a best fit for your internship experience!
Internship Fair Dates:
The Seattle School - TBD (to be determined)
Seattle University - TBD
Antioch University - TBD
Preferential Deadline - TBD
Final Deadline - TBD
If selected for an interview, internship canidates will be required to attend one
of the following interview times: TBD
Steps to Apply
To apply, please submit the following via email to Jessica Burwell with the subject line Your Name, Internship Application Submission 2020:
- Internship Application
- Cover Letter (please provide responses to the following in your cover letter)
- What led you to a career in mental health counseling?
- Why are you seeking an internship in a community college setting?
- What could you bring in particular to the Counseling Center and the students we serve?
- Two Letters of Recommendation (Faculty and/or Supervisors only)
Questions? Please contact either Jessica Burwell or Diana Chernisky.
Jessica Burwell, MA, LMHC,
Director of Counseling and Wellness
Diana Chernisky, MAED, LMHC
Associate Faculty Counselor
Our clinical externship training program is designed for those who have completed a Masters level counseling or counseling-related degree and are pursuing completion of licensure hours required with the State of Washington.
Our externship offers a very unique opportunity. Externs will get to experience a small private practice feel (small, tight-knit team, small caseload, brief notes, ability to see some clients longer term, very supportive and nurturing environment) but will gain the wealth of experience similar to that of working in community mental health. Our client population is extremely diverse in terms of age, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, and mental health condition.
The overall objective of the externship is to help each trainee develop a clearer professional identity as well as more advanced clinical skills. Externs will have the opportunity to be immersed in an incredibly supportive and diverse environment that will serve as an excellent segue to future professional life. The staff at Edmonds CC possesses a wide variety of clinical interests and theoretical orientations, and is deeply committed to providing an enriching and comprehensive clinical experience to trainees.
Additionally, this is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the mental health field, build hours toward licensure, and obtain free clinical supervision from one of our experienced Licensed Mental Health Supervisors. It could also be a pathway to obtaining heavily sought after counseling positions in postsecondary educational settings.
- 9 months (mid Sept-early June )
- Minimum of 13 hours per week
- Unpaid (no stipend offered)
Externs will have the opportunity to experience the following:
- Mental health and career counseling
- Short and long term counseling
- Observe and co-facilitate counseling and psychoeducational groups
- Crisis intervention and risk assessment
- Work with diverse populations: students of color, immigrants/refugees, veterans, international students, first generation, LGBTQ, students with varied socio-economic status, age, and abilities.
- Manageable caseload and minimal paperwork
- Participate in staff trainings and retreats
- Opportunity to develop mental/community health presentation to present to groups on
In addition to their clinical experiences, trainees will receive the following educational and supervision experiences:
- Individual supervision (1 hour per week)
- Group supervision/case conference (periodically through the training year)
- Regular professional trainings
- Training in interpreting career related assessments with clients
- Training in Social Justice Multicultural Counseling Competencies
To apply, please send an email to Jessica Burwell or Diana Chernisky (see below) requesting an externship application packet.
Jessica Burwell, Director
Diana Chernisky, Associate Faculty Counselor
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND ACCOMMODATION
Edmonds Community College is an equal opportunity employer and assures equality of treatment in educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (gender), disability, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, veteran status, or genetic information. Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process may call 425.640.1470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and accommodations will be made to the extent reasonably possible. The Human Resources Office is accessible to persons with disabilities.