Office of Student Life

Counseling and Consultation Service

Ohio State Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship

As an alumna of the Ohio State Counselor Education Program, I can appreciate the unique challenges and educational experiences that the program offers while ensuring interns have a high-quality and challenging internship experience. My primary goal is to ensure your experience is challenging yet supportive. Counseling and Consultation Service has a three-pronged mission of providing both clinical services, training and outreach and our counseling interns are an integral part of that mission.

Samantha Tortora, M.A., LPCC-S
Counseling Coordinator  

General Information

  • The Counseling and Consultation Service's 10-month Clinical Counseling internshipis designed for students currently enrolled in The Ohio State University Counselor Education Graduate School program. The internship's primary emphasis is on advanced training in Clinical Counseling and the provision of supervised clinical interventions.

  • This program begins on August 3, 2020, and includes three full time weeks of orientation training in August and a week of training in December, following the end of classes for Fall Semester. Interns also participate in providing some clinical coverage over academic breaks. The overall emphasis of the experience will be advanced clinical training.

  • CCS is a department within the Office of Student Life, with a mission of providing counseling and mental health services to The Ohio State University campus

Tuition Waiver / Stipend

  • The persons selected will contract for an average of a 24-hour week throughout the 10-month training program, beginning August 3, 2020. These positions are funded as half-time graduate assistantships, which provide a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. To compensate for the full-time orientation in August, interns will be released from their positions on April 30, 2021. 

Clinical Experience

  • The internship involves supervised direct service of individual counseling, group therapy, workshops, consultation, and outreach activities. Interns participate in orientation, staff meetings, phone triage and crisis appointments. 

  • The program is designed to meet the needs of those second-year students seeking intense supervised training in clinical work with college students with diverse concerns from multicultural backgrounds.

  • Preferences will be given to candidates who have a desire for a clinical career path and want the challenges and rewards of a rigorous clinical placement. Some clinical experience is preferred, as the candidate will begin providing clinical services after a three week orientation process.

Multidisciplinary Training Experience

  • We are dedicated to training professional clinical counselors and view training as an essential component of CCS. We have a multidisciplinary training group of counseling interns, psychology interns, social work interns, clinical fellows and psychiatric residents and fellows. Interns have an excellent opportunity to learn about the practice of therapy, as well as the importance of the clinician's understanding of self.

  • At least two clinical counseling intern positions are available for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Application Process / Contact

The Clinical Counseling Intern Selection Committee adheres to the following selection process:

  1. The committee will review all completed applications submitted by Monday March 22nd, with the expectation that interviews will occur on Monday March 29th.
  2. A selected group of candidates will be contacted for an in-person interview.
  3. The candidates selected for the internship will be contacted by phone. All other applicants will receive a letter of appreciation from the intern selection committee.

Send application to, or for further questions, contact:

Samantha Tortora, MA, LPCC-S, CWC

Counseling and Consultation Service
The Ohio State University
4th Floor, Younkin Success Center
1640 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201-2333

Application Requirements

Completed applications should include the following:

1) Updated Resume or CV (Vitae)

2) Cover letter of application including: (500 words minimum)

  • Your expectations for traineeship
  • Your longer-range personal and professional goals

3) Two letters of recommendation

4) "Degree audit/Advising Report" from BuckeyeLink

The Counseling and Consultation Service is a department within the Office of Student Life. The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Qualified women, minorities, veterans, disabled veterans and those with differing abilities are encouraged to apply.

Updated 2-18-2021