Internship is the culmination of the academic preparation to become a professional therapist. This supervised 15 - 20 hour or more a week experience enables students to focus more intensely on a broader range of competencies and skills. It generally starts during the Fall semester of the second year and requires a minimum of 12 months at an internship site, accruing hours towards their 500 direct client contact hours. This experience is defined more comprehensively in the pages that follow.

The Purpose of Off-Site Internships

Internship is a central and essential part of the MFT program. It provides a dynamic opportunity to carry out the theory-oriented learning of the classroom within a clinical community practice experience. The internship leads students to acquire greater professional competence as a MFT over 12
consecutive months.

Goals of Internship