Chicago Compass Counseling Internship Program


Build Your Clinical Skills Through Our Immersive Training Experience

Our full-year clinical internship provides intensive supervision, training, and professional development for second-year Master's students.

*Note: Internship is unpaid at this time.

Program Highlights:

  • 500 hours of direct clinical experience in our outpatient center
  • Weekly individual and group supervision sessions
  • Internal trainings on CBT, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care
  • Outreach and pro bono service opportunities
  • Gradually build a caseload of 3-6 weekly clients
  • Videotape sessions for detailed team feedback

Develop Specialized Skills:

  • Addiction and substance abuse counseling
  • PTSD and trauma recovery
  • Affirmative LGBTQ+ practice
  • Mindfulness approaches
  • Group counseling


“In my time as an intern, I gained invaluable clinical experiences. The supportive and collaborative environment at CCC provided me with a space to explore my identity as a therapist.”
-Alex, Former Intern



  • Passion for our mission of empowering diverse communities
  • Strong collaboration, communication, and readiness to grow
  • Able to commit to a full year internship program from June to May (some flexibility allowed)
  • Onsite 1-2 days per week based on availability

Application Process:

  • Submit application with resume, cover letter, and 2 letters of recommendations (PDF only)
  • Selected applicants invited for interview
  • Applications accepted December 1st - March 1st

Join Our Intern Community

Join our close-knit intern peer community focused on professional development and growth. Learn from our diverse staff while building your experience and specialization.

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Our Values

At Chicago Compass Counseling, our values include community stewardship, cultivating self-leadership, and balancing empathy with accountability. We use an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed approach to promote justice, healing, and equity.