Here at CCC we strive to provide a well-rounded internship and practicum experience for everyone that is pursuing an education and career in behavioral health.

As an intern / practicum student, you would be treated like any other staff member. This includes going through typical orientation processes, following all CCC policies and procedures, completing all required training and documentation, ethical guidelines, etc.

We feel that to be successful at CCC, regardless of being a staff member / intern / volunteer, it is paramount to have excellent organization, time management, and detail orientation skills.

“You know the number of hours and time needed to complete your internship effectively. We treat you as another staff member, giving you the supports and resources that you need to be successful; this also means that we have the expectation from you to act as a mental health professional as well. You get out of the internship what you put into it.”

Typically, we can provide internship / practicum opportunities for most behavioral or mental health related undergraduate and graduate programs. This can include, but not necessarily limited to; Bachelor’s in Social Work, Psychology, Family Studies, Child Development; Graduate Programs for Mental Health Counseling and Master’s in Social Work, and other related programs.

While we would love to provide internships and practicums to any, and everyone; unfortunately, we do have limited space as it pertains to availability of supervision for each student. Typically, preference goes in the following order:

  • Current CCC Employees seeking internship
  • Graduate Students
  • SEMO Undergraduate Students
  • Other Local University Undergraduate and Graduate Students

All internship and practicum students must undergo background screenings through the Family Care Safety Registry and must meet the Agency’s background screening requirements policy. Additionally, there are required trainings that must be received in order to have your internship at the Center. 

Interested in an Internship?
Contact our Internship Coordinator: Savannah Martin, MSW LCSW

Graduate Internships

Embarking on your journey as a Mental Health Professional, we recognize the importance of a comprehensive internship or practicum with practical experience. We offer a variety of opportunities tailored to your needs, whether you require direct or indirect hours.

Direct Hours Opportunities:

  • Outpatient Therapy: Engage with a diverse range of clients across different age groups, backgrounds, and socio-economic statuses. You’ll have the opportunity to record clinical service delivery in line with our agency policy, with potential accommodations to meet university requirements.
  • Crisis Intervention Services: Play a crucial role in providing crisis intervention support within the community and office settings.
  • School-Based Therapy: Deliver a range of mental health services to students in a school setting, including intake, crisis management, case management, assessments, and therapy.
  • Youth Day Treatment: Work with young individuals who face challenges in school due to their behavioral health needs.
  • Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders: Participate in group-based opportunities to assist individuals dealing with concurrent Substance Use and Mental Health treatment needs.

Indirect Hours Opportunities:

  • Staff Shadowing: Gain insights by shadowing any staff or program, subject to time availability.
  • Degree-Specific Opportunities: We offer opportunities tailored to your degree track, such as Micro vs Macro MSW program.
  • Additional Opportunities: Get involved in program development, accreditation assistance and preparation, needs analysis and assessment, community initiatives, and more.

We’re here to support your professional growth and look forward to your valuable contribution to our mission at CCC.

Undergraduate Internships

At Community Counseling Center (CCC), we aim to provide a comprehensive experience for our undergraduate students. We encourage you to explore the diverse programs and services we offer, although availability may depend on your degree program. Here are some specifics based on degree and location:

Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO)

For SEMO students majoring in Social Work, Psychology, Family Studies, and Child Development, all internship selections are coordinated through your Director of Field Education or Department Head. Please express your interest in completing your internship at CCC to them.

Psychology, Family Studies, Child Development Majors:

Through our partnership with these departments, we offer a “Student Education Program” (SEP) Internship. As an SEP intern, you’ll have the opportunity to work and shadow various departments and programs at CCC, including Adult Residential, Children’s Residential, and Youth Day Treatment. You’ll typically rotate every 8 weeks to gain experience with a diverse population across all age groups. SEP Internship students are identified and placed through the University Internship Coordinator.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

BSW intern placements are coordinated through the Director of Field Education and CCC’s Internship Coordinator. We offer a variety of program options across the five counties we operate in, including:

  • Case Management
  • Youth Day Treatment
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  • Integrated Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders
  • School-Based Therapy
  • And more!

While you’ll be assigned to a specific program, we emphasize a well-rounded internship experience and encourage you to participate and shadow as many programs as possible.

Other Universities for Undergraduates

We also offer placements for students from other universities. For more information, please contact Savannah Martin at We look forward to your contribution to our mission at CCC.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Join our team at Community Counseling Center and be part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). We believe that a diverse workforce fuels innovation and enables us to better serve our diverse customer base. We actively seek out applications from individuals of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds. Through inclusive hiring practices, unbiased selection processes, employee resource groups, ongoing training, and transparent progress tracking, we are dedicated to creating a workplace where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered. Join us in building an inclusive environment where every employee can thrive and contribute their unique perspectives.

Community Counseling Center is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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