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Graduate Student Internship Application Process



Santiago Canyon College
Counseling Department
8045 East Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA 92869

Essential Functions

A non-paid internship is designed to provide the opportunity to observe and participate in the day-to-day assignments of faculty counselors at Santiago Canyon College and fulfill internship or practicum requirements for a Master’s Degree. 

Under direction, intern may participate in a career/life planning course, Counseling 116: Career/Life Planning and Personal Exploration.
Intern will shadow veteran counselors during appointments, walk-in counseling, and orientations.  
Intern will learn detailed information regarding college programs, requirements for certificates/degrees, assessment analysis and placement recommendations, transcript review, special programs, student services, financial aid, the associate degree and transfer process, and academic advisement and educational planning.
Intern will become familiar with the college catalog, class schedule, Transfer Planning Guide, and ASSIST.
Intern will receive hands-on practice with forms and petitions, case studies, and assisting students under direction of counselor.  

Opportunity may be available in General and/or EOPS Counseling. 

Characteristics of Successful Performers

  • Successful performers are highly motivated and industrious, able to work within time constraints, organized, innovative, and routinely problem-solve and assist students and staff as appropriate. 
  • Must possess strong communication skills, be comfortable dealing with the public, and handle student concerns with diplomacy, respect, and empathy. 
  • Must be willing to serve a wide range of students with regard to skill levels, academic backgrounds, and socioeconomic diversity. 
  • Must gain knowledge, experience and competencies in the “technical” areas of counseling.  It is critical that the intern assists students with timely and accurate information and detailed educational planning.  Interns must be willing to meet the challenges with dedicated study and practice.


  • Candidates must be enrolled in a qualifying Master’s Degree Program (i.e. counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, guidance counseling, educational counseling, social work, career development) from an accredited institution and completing an internship or practicum requirement.
  • Excellent written and oral skills. 
  •  Must be technologically competent. 
  • Must have a strong desire to work with community college students.
*If interested in EOPS, candidate may need to meet Title V requirements.

Application Procedure​

The following documents must be submitted:

  • Resume detailing qualifications as they relate to this position. 
  • A letter of interest describing career goals and reason for seeking counseling internship. 
  • Names, addressees, and phone numbers of two references, one of which must be the student’s faculty program advisor.  
E-mail resume, letter of interest, 
and reference list to: Lacy Hedenberg -

 **Submission of an application does not guarantee an internship at SCC.