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Field Experiences for Counselor Education

Field experiences are a part of all majors in the Counselor Education program: the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and School Counseling majors. All students must complete 600 hours of internship, as well as practicum requirements that vary by major. These experiences are designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply and practice the competencies they acquire throughout their training program.

The field experience courses are judged by the faculty to be the most important preparatory experiences in which students will engage. This is an opportunity to synthesize and apply theoretical knowledge and to enhance and to refine counseling and guidance skills. In many instances, the field experiences serve as a steppingstone to future student employment. The field experiences also provide a link between the schools, community, the University, and the department counseling unit.

All students must complete a practicum and a subsequent internship after they have completed all program coursework.

  • All students must complete 600 hours of internship. Since the internships for all programs are full time, they are incompatible with full-time employment. Students should plan for that semester accordingly. 
  • Clinical Mental Health students must complete 400 hours of practicum.
  • Rehabilitation Counseling students must complete 105 hours of practicum.
  • School Counseling students must complete 150 hours of practicum.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The clinical field experience consists of a full-time practicum consisting of 400 hours (MHS 6800) and a full-time internship consisting of 600 hours (MHS 6820). It is completed over two consecutive semesters.

These field experiences are intended to be conducted in a mental health counseling setting. The nature of this experience should be similar to that of a regular counseling position, but with closer supervision. The field experiences will occur at the end of the training program, and the intern is expected to put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired in the program.

A major criterion for placement is the credentials of the agency’s on-site supervisor, namely possession of at least a master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or clinical social work as well as licensure in such discipline. Students must have completed all course work prior to enrolling in MHS 6820 — the internship. All students must have the approval of their advisor to enroll in the field experiences.

  • Application - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    The student must consult with their faculty advisor about their placements prior to the expected time of placement. At this time, matters related to placement will be discussed and the necessary paperwork initiated.

    Students must apply to both practicum and internship by submitting a completed application package. They should submit the original and two copies to the Clinical Coordinator of Field Experiences, Dr. Valerie Russell, in room ZEB 238B, and keep one copy. Submit the packet before the deadline below.

    The completed packet includes:


    Placement Deadlines:

    • Fall Placement: June 15
    • Spring Placement: October 1
    • Summer Placement: March 1
  • Site Placements - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    Please review the Field Experience Placements Site List and contact the agency to set up an interview or tour. If you chose a site not on this list, you must have it approved by the clinical coordinator, Dr. Russell.

    The Practicum Internship Site Checklist (Mental Health) can assist you when considering an existing or new site. These questions can help guide your interview at the site to ensure that you have a successful clinical experience.

    Student evaluations of each site are available for review. Please contact the Clinical Coordinator, Dr. Russell.

    All students must have their site confirmed prior to the semester they are to begin their field experience. Sites must be approved by the clinical director by the end of the previous term. (E.g., if you apply for the Spring, you must have your site approved before the end of the Fall semester.) It is the student's responsibility to secure a site and inform the clinical director of the site.

  • Handbook - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    The Field Experience Handbook contains the log sheets, weekly summary forms and evaluation forms to be completed by your site supervisor.

  • Graduate Packet MHC Applicants
    Here you can find a Graduate Packet for students who plan to apply for licensure as Mental Health Counselors in Florida.

Rehabilitation Counseling

The Rehabilitation Counseling clinical field experience consists of a part-time practicum consisting of 105 hours (RCS 6801) and a full-time internship consisting of 600 hours (RCS 6821). It is completed over the course of two consecutive semesters.

These field experiences are intended to be conducted in a setting that services persons with disabilities. The nature of this experience should be similar to that of a regular rehabilitation counseling position, but with closer supervision. The field experiences will occur at the end of the training program, and the intern is expected to put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired in the program.

A major criterion for placement is the credentials of the agency's on-site supervisor, namely possession of at least a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, mental health counseling, psychology or clinical social work, and at least three years of experience working with persons with disabilities. CRC certification preferred.

Students must have completed the majority of their coursework (to include the following courses) prior to enrolling in RCS 6801, the practicum that precedes the internship: MHS 5400, MHS 6700, MHS 6802, MHS 6428, MHS 5350, MHS 6511, RCS 6031, RCS 6625, RCS 6245, RCS 6080, MHS 6427, and MHS 6450. Students must have completed all coursework prior to enrolling in RCS 6821 — the internship. All students must have the approval of their advisor to enroll in the field experiences.

  • Application - Rehabilitation Counseling

    The student must consult with their faculty advisor about their placements at least four months before the expected time of placement. At this time, matters related to placement will be discussed and the necessary paperwork initiated.

    Students must apply to both practicum and internship by submitting a completed application package. Submit the original and two copies to the Clinical Coordinator of Field Experiences, Dr. Valerie Russell, in room ZEB 238B, one copy for the student. Submit the packet before the deadline below.

    The completed packet includes:


    Placement Deadlines:

    • Fall Placement: June 15
    • Spring Placement: October 1
    • Summer Placement: March 1
  • Site Placements - Rehabilitation Counseling

    Please review the Field Experience Placements Site List and contact the agency to set up an interview or tour. If you chose a site not on this list, you must have it approved by the clinical coordinator, Dr. Russell.

    The Practicum Internship Site Checklist (Rehabilitation) can assist you when considering an existing or new site. These questions can help guide your interview at the site to ensure that you have a successful clinical experience.

    Student evaluations of each site are available for review. Please contact the Clinical Coordinator, Dr. Russell.

    All students must have their site confirmed prior to the semester they are to begin their field experience. Sites must be approved by the clinical director by the end of the previous term. (E.g., if you apply for the Spring, you must have your site approved before the end of the Fall semester.) It is the student's responsibility to secure a site and inform the clinical director of the site.

  • Handbook - Rehabilitation Counseling

    The Field Experience Handbook contains the log sheets, weekly summary forms and evaluation forms to be completed by your site supervisor.

School Counseling

The clinical field experience consists of a part-time practicum consisting of 150 hours (SDS 6800) and a full-time internship consisting of 600 hours (SDS 6820). It completed over the course of two consecutive semesters.

Field experiences will occur at the end of the training program, and the intern is expected to put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired in the program. Students must have completed the majority of their coursework (to include the following courses) prior to enrolling in SDS 6800, the practicum that precedes the internship: MHS 5400, MHS 6700, MHS 6802, MHS 6428, MHS 5350, MHS 6511, SDS 6700, SDS 6411, SDS 5460.  Students must have completed all coursework prior to enrolling in SDS 6820 — the internship. All students must have the approval of their advisor to enroll in the field experiences.

  • Application - School Counseling

    All school counseling students completing practicum (SDS 6800) or internship (SDS 6820) must complete the School Counseling Fieldwork Placement application. This application should be completed in consultation with your advisor.

    Students must visit the Office of Field Experiences (ZEB 130) to begin steps necessary for completion prior to turning in the application. Once requirements are completed, students should submit signed applications to the Clinical Coordinator of Field Experiences (ZEB 238B) by the deadlines listed below.

    Security clearance

    The student must obtain fingerprint clearance with the school system to which they intend to be assigned. See SEHD Field Experiences for instructions.

    School Counseling Packet

    The student must complete a School Counseling Packet including:

    • Printout of the online application with appropriate signatures
    • The School Counseling Professional Education Requirements form listing the courses completed toward program completion - WHERE IS THIS FORM?
    • An unofficial copy of your transcript
    • An updated resume
    • A statement of the student’s counseling/educational philosophy

    The completed packet must be approved by the student's advisor and submitted to:
    • Original and three copies to the Student Teaching and Clinical Supervision Office
    • One copy to the student's advisor
    • One copy to Clinical Coordinator of Field Experiences
    • One copy for the student


    Deadline to Submit Application

    • Fall: March 15
    • Spring: October 1
    • There are no summer placements for School Counseling majors.
  • Site Placements - School Counseling

    Students may only complete their fieldwork experiences in Miami-Dade County Public Schools or Broward County Public Schools. Specific placements are assigned in collaboration with district school counseling supervisors and the School Counseling track coordinator. All students must remain at their site for the entire semester in which they are enrolled (i.e., 15-16 weeks). Further details can be found in the FIU Counselor Education Field Experience Handbook.

  • Handbook - School Counseling

    The Field Experience Handbook contains the log sheets, weekly summary forms and evaluation forms to be completed by your site supervisor.