Mount Saint Vincent offers clinically intensive, highly experiential internships to graduate-level students from universities across Colorado. The internships run from late August to early June and are for concentration (second) year placements only. Interns work approximately 20 hours per week, receiving one hour of direct clinical supervision and one hour of group supervision.
All interns are enrolled in a week-long mandatory training prior to their internship start date. Due to the number of different universities involved, all internships begin in the same week. Interns receive training in first aid/CPR, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.
At this time, Mount Saint Vincent accepts interns from the following university programs:
Colorado State University–Graduate School of Social Work
University of Denver– Counseling Psychology
University of Denver–Graduate School of Social Work
University of Colorado– School Psychology
University of Northern Colorado–Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Colorado State University–Music Therapy
Naropa University–Transpersonal Counseling Psychology
Naropa University–Somatic Counseling Psychology
Naropa University–Transpersonal Art Therapy
Because Mount Saint Vincent is continually evaluating new programs, universities interested in contracting with Mount Saint Vincent for graduate level internships are urged to contact Jessica Pfeiffer.
Each year, Mount Saint Vincent offers eight different types of internships:
Animal Assisted Therapy
This internship focuses on animal-assisted therapy as the primary modality of working with children individually. This intern will work closely with the animal-assisted therapist to facilitate groups and individual sessions. This intern is required to have his or her own certified therapy animal. This internship accepts students from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work who are obtaining a certificate in Animal-Assisted Social Work.
The art therapy internship focuses on individual therapy with art therapy as the primary modality. This intern will work closely alongside the art therapist during individual and group sessions and eventually carry their own cases. There is also the possibility for case management and family therapy experience.
The clinical internship focuses on individual and family therapy with children, case management, crisis intervention, and milieu management. This intern will work closely with a clinician carrying both residential and day treatment clients. This internship has the possibility of exploring several modalities within their sessions.
The dance/movement therapy internship focuses on individual therapy with dance/movement as the primary modality. This intern will work closely alongside the dance/movement therapist during individual and group sessions and eventually carry their own cases. There is also the possibility of case management and family therapy experience.
Interns assist with the placement of children, communicate with foster families by phone, and attend scheduled and unannounced home visits. The intern will work with foster families to ensure that all foster children’s developmental, emotional, therapeutic, intellectual and medical needs are being met. They will also provide ongoing support, skill building, and support to foster families while monitoring family dynamics. The intern will work collaboratively with county caseworkers, GALs, therapists, school staff and foster families.
The music therapy internship focuses on individual therapy with music therapy as the primary modality. This intern will work closely alongside the music therapist during individual and group sessions.
*This is the only undergraduate-level internship offered at Mount Saint Vincent.
School Social Work
The school social work internship focuses on implementing interventions within the school setting. This intern will work closely with the school social worker to run school based groups, write Behavior Intervention Plans, participate in IEP meetings, and assist with crisis intervention. There is also the possibility for case management and individual/family therapy experience.
Résumés and cover letters are accepted starting in January. Interviews take place in late January, February, and early March, with all decisions made by mid-March. Due to the high number of applicants, not all applicants who submit résumés are selected for interviews. Interviews are conducted by the Internship Coordinator with the possible direct clinical supervisor being present as well.
If you have questions or are interested in applying to Mount Saint Vincent’s internship program, please send a résumé and cover letter to Jessica Pfeiffer at email@example.com. Thank you for your interest!