Thank you for your interest in the Maria Droste Counseling Center Internship Program! We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 internship year. Please check back in December 2020 if interested in applying for the following year, 2021-2022. Thanks again for your interest in Maria Droste! 

Maria Droste offers a comprehensive and competitive internship program. In our nearly 30 year history, we have trained over 500 intern therapists and annually have 80-100 applicants apply to join our intern cohort. Interns are a critical part of Maria Droste and we are delighted you are interested in training with us!

Below, please find detailed information on Maria Droste programs, as well as FAQs that address internship tracks, requirements, and supervision. Please read through the following information carefully before reaching out to our program staff.

Maria Droste Programs
As stated in our mission, Maria Droste is committed to serving individuals who would otherwise not be able to obtain counseling services. One of the ways we do this is through the participation of master’s and doctoral level interns from area counseling, psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, and school psychology programs. These interns provide counseling through several Maria Droste programs (click the link for full descriptions).

Frequently Asked Questions: What you need to know

Do you provide practica opportunities?
No, we do not provide practica opportunities. Our internship site is tailored for graduate students seeking master’s level internship or doctoral level practicum placement.

How many interns do you take?
Intern cohorts at Maria Droste are usually 20-24 people. The number varies each to year depending on the needs of our programs.

How long is the internship?
Internship opportunities at Maria Droste are 9-12 months in duration, beginning in June or August and ending in June of the following year. We do not accept interns for shorter durations of time or at alternative start/ending dates.

How many hours a week is an internship at Maria Droste?
Our interns, regardless of their track (see track information below), commit to 24 hours a week during an internship at Maria Droste. We do not accept interns for fewer than 24 hours a week.

What kind of experience will I get as a Maria Droste intern?
Through our internship program, interns receive experience with:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Counseling for Clients of All Ages
  • Medicaid
  • Group Therapy
  • Couples Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Integrated Care

What is an internship at Maria Droste REALLY like?
Internships at Maria Droste are intensive placements that provide high-level, real-life training. Interns at Maria Droste are expected to function as therapists, meaning they regularly meet with clients, bill for sessions, and complete comprehensive documentation–including meeting Medicaid compliance standards. The internship very closely resembles a real-life therapy job and provides invaluable preparation for post-graduation entry into the mental health field. Employers report high satisfaction with former Maria Droste interns due to their knowledge and experience.

What are the internship tracks?
In their applications, internship candidates are asked to rank tracks that align with Maria Droste programs (Options, Children First, Integrated Care). Click programs and tracks for more information and please read it over carefully before ranking tracks on your application.

What is supervision like?
Internship supervisors are members of The Therapist Group, a collective of therapists highly experienced in a wide variety of modalities, and who are enthusiastic about training our interns. Due to increasingly specialized placements, we also hire field supervisors with specific expertise. All of our supervisors have tremendous respect for the important role that interns play in our mission of providing quality services to the community, and they receive training and consultation specifically related to their supervisory roles. Interns receive weekly individual supervision and group supervision twice monthly.

What are the internship program requirements?

  • Currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program
  • 24 hours/week minimum (See program/track descriptions)
  • Minimum 9 month commitment (mid August to June; optional June start)
  • Training every Friday morning from 8:30 to noon
  • Ability to schedule clients at least one evening (4-7pm)
  • Ability to respond to client emergencies such as abuse reports as needed
  • One hour individual supervision per week
  • Completion of all clinical and agency paperwork & billing, within required timelines
  • A minimum of two audio/video recordings
  • Ability to work independently
  • Professional attitude
  • Self-awareness and a commitment to personal growthInterns who have not had their own counseling are asked to complete a minimum of 6 sessions prior to starting the internship.
  • Agency key & building entry deposit (currently $35)
  • Child Abuse Record & Background Check fee (currently $25)

Is my graduate program partnered with Maria Droste and can I apply for an internship?
Maria Droste Counseling Center is an approved field placement site for several graduate programs. These currently include:

  • Colorado State University: Masters of Social Work
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver: Masters of Social Work
  • Naropa University:  M.A. Mindfulness-Based TCP, M.A. Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology, M.A. Somatic Dance Movement Body Psychotherapy, M.A. Art Therapy
  • Regis University:  M.A. Counseling, M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
  • University of Colorado Denver:  M.A. Counseling Psychology, M.A. Clinical Mental Health, M.A. Couple and Family Counseling, PhD School Psychology
  • University of Denver:  Masters of Social Work, M.A. Counseling Psychology, M.A. International Disaster Psychology, Psy.D. Child and Adolescent Assessment and Intervention, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology
  • University of Northern Colorado:  M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. School Counseling
  • Capella University: M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

What if my graduate program is not listed above and I’d like to apply for an internship?
Any other programs need to be cleared with our Director of Clinical Training, and have an anti-discrimination statement that is inclusive (i.e. includes sexual orientation and gender identity). For programs not listed above, please send an email to recruitment@mariadroste.org and include your university’s anti-discrimination statement, a summary of your academic and clinical training progression, and a contact person for your program.

I’ve read everything and I still have questions. Who can I reach out to?
For more information about our graduate training program, please e-mail Recruitment@MariaDroste.org.

I’m ready to apply! Where do I go?

We will begin accepting applications for the 2020-21 internship year on a rolling basis starting on January 2, 2020 through March 15, 2020. The application is available to review and begin completing here: 2020-21 Intern Application Please note: You can review the application before Jan. 2, but please do not submit your application before this date.