Students

Graduate Internships and Practicums

Austin Child Guidance Center is one of the premier training sites in Austin for future mental health professionals and regularly accepts graduate students who are seeking field experience as part of their degree program. We accept advanced graduate students in the fields of social work, psychology, and professional counseling.

Due to the intense nature of the work at The Center and the demands of the placement, we do not currently offer undergraduate-level internships, although there are volunteer opportunities for undergraduate students who wish to gain more experience working with children and families.

Students should, at a minimum, possess the following before applying to The Center: at least one course in family, individual, and group therapy; assessment experience, if applicable; and some course work related to child and adolescent development. Prospective students should have previous practicum or work experience using psychotherapy skills. Students must commit to The Center for at least 20 hours/week for two semesters.

It should be noted that a placement at Austin Child Guidance Center is quite demanding; however, you will find the agency very supportive in terms of the supervision and training you will receive. It is recommended that you seek out other students who have completed placements at The Center to learn about their experiences before you apply.

Doctoral Psychology Students apply and interview in the spring for a 2 semester placement the following fall and spring semesters. Students should submit a curriculum vitae and a request for an interview by early February and we offer placements early March.

Social Work Students, ACGC offers two clinical placements for social work students in their second year of graduate school at UT Austin.  The clinical counseling placement is an extended internship in which students provide individual, family and group therapy to children and their parents.  The infant early childhood project (IEC), another clinical placement at the agency, involves providing consultation to childcare staff at high-needs centers in Austin as well as counseling to children and their parents.  Both placements begin in the fall (approximately five hours per week co-facilitating group and attending student seminar); the official placement (18-20 hrs/wk) begins in the spring and extends through July.

Administrative Social Work, ACGC also offers 1-2 administrative social work internships each year, and occasionally has opportunities for graduate business students and students from other fields.  To inquire about these “macro” level internships, contact internships@austinchildguidance.org

Professional counseling, ACGC accepts advanced graduate students in the fields of psychology and professional counseling.  At a minimum, students should possess the following before applying to the Center: at least one course in family, individual, group therapy; some experience in psychosocial assessment; and some course work related to children and adolescents.  Prospective students should have previous practicum or work experience using psychotherapy skills.  Counseling students are accepted in the spring for a 2-semester placement the following fall and spring semesters. Students should submit all required documentation by April.