Job Type: Student Internship

Mental Health Counseling Student Intern

Student Internship


Counseling of El Paso is a multi-specialty counseling practice that serves the southwest region.  CEP serves children, adolescent, and adults who are seeking an individualized experienced based on their needs and goals.


Counseling of El Paso is committed to improve the quality of life of our clients in relation to their mental, emotional, and relational health, with the highest quality and at a fair cost.


Counseling of El Paso’s vision is to be a leader organization in mental health in the El Paso community by providing service with dignity, compassion, respect and kindness to its clients, providers and team.

Duties and Responsibilities

Internship Summary:

This student internship focuses on learning and practicing mental health counseling services to clients in the southwest community. Student Interns also complete client related tasks such as research and documentation, while contributing within the clinical team, and conduct community outreach.

Key Traits in Student Intern:

  • Rapport building
  • Communication skills
  • Enjoys working and being part of a team
  • Responsive and engaged
  • Reliable and committed
  • Warm and caring
  • Compassionate
  • Curious and open minded
  • Patient and flexible
  • Confident and knowledgeable
  • Willingness to learn and grow
  • Willingness accepting clients regardless of client’s gender, sexual orientation, abilities or religious background


  • Enrolled in CACREP accredited Master’s Mental Health Counseling program
  • Receiving supervision from Mental Health Counseling program
  • Enrolled in Practicum or Internship I semester (non-accelerated program)
  • Completion of in-person counseling skills and techniques course


  • Fluency in both English/Spanish (reading, writing, and speaking)
  • Experience or specialty in child, family, or couples counseling
  • Experience or specialty in substance use counseling


  • Direct Contact Hours: Counseling Services in one or more areas of specialty:
    • Individual Counseling
    • Telehealth Counseling
    • Group Counseling
    • Child & Adolescent Counseling
    • Crisis Intervention
  • Clinical & Administrative Tasks
    • Intake Review
    • Diagnostic Interview
    • Administration and/or interpretation of tests/assessments to clients
    • Treatment Planning
    • Communicate with clients, family members, other care providers regarding treatment planning, progress, updates and recommendations (as appropriate and depending on legal statues)
    • Documentation such as assessment, client contact, progress notes, summary reports, etc.
    • Conceptualization of client cases and appropriate referrals
    • Manage resources and materials for clinical practice (e.g. books, clinical instruments, questionnaires, assessments, etc.)
    • Caseload review and management
    • Functions (in-service training, staff meetings, orientation, supervision, community events)
    • Maintaining of office space that is safe and inviting
    • Other related duties as assigned
  • Non-Direct Client Hours
    • Support office operations tasks related to clients or organization  
    • Complete office projects related to clients or organization
    • Other duties as assigned

Professional Development

  • Researching and applying relevant research findings/evidence-based practices to inform treatment planning and interventions
  • Conference/training attendance related to continuing education and best practices
  • Consultation and peer supervision
  • Abide by ethical and legal standards set by the licensing board and the state
  • Abide by HIPAA regulations and practice.

Community Outreach

  • Conduct and participate in outreach events for prevention, awareness, education, wellness, mentoring, and advocacy activities (community workshops, training, education, online blogging etc.)
  • Other related duties as assigned

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