About our Internship Program

Internships with Fieldwork Counselling

Fieldwork offers a mixed online/in-person internship for students enrolled in accredited Masters-level programs, such as MEd, MC, and advanced MSW degrees. Our supervision meets requirements for registration with provincial bodies including the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and BC College of Social Workers.

Successful applicants demonstrate a background of education, experience, and interest reflecting a commitment to personal growth and community service. At least one year of paid, full-time experience in social services, education, healthcare or government is required. Substantive volunteer effort in the areas of community development and organization or charitable service will also be considered. Consistent with our mandate for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI), we value the importance of lived experience, and will treat substantive involvement with one’s community as equivalent.

Students should carefully review their practicum requirements to ensure Fieldwork can meet these. Attention should be paid to eligibility of online sessions as counting for direct contact hours — some programs require only in-person contact, which cannot be fulfilled by our internship program.

We offer a weekly online Positive Psychology group facilitated by interns. Applicants are expected to be open to group facilitation, and prepared to co-facilitate this group throughout the duration of an internship. (If you’re planning on applying, we highly recommend attending a couple of sessions.)

To complete online sessions, interns need to have reliable and predictable access to a quiet, dedicated, and tastefully-decorated space in which to see clients online. A professional AV setup, including high-speed internet and quality webcam and microphone is also required.

Beyond that, you:

  • Have done your own work to such an extent that you can name what’s coming up for you before others can
  • Can hold the sometimes deadly seriousness of our work with the playfulness of knowing we can’t take ourselves too seriously
  • Hold a real love for all people, balanced with a real appreciation for the danger any of us can pose
  • Know when to deploy something like CBT or EMDR and when to apply the exquisitely heartfelt and honest
  • See value in education, formal certification, and comprehensive training, while recognizing none of these guarantee we are any good at anything
  • Have really, really strong values and beliefs that you constantly question and frequently revise
  • See the DSM like a knife: as a human-made, useful tool that can be (and has been) a weapon
  • Do not see the world in dichotomies of good/bad, right/wrong, powerful/disempowered but can operate with(in) these as necessary to comply with ethics, law, and the need for safety
  • See “trauma” as a shorthand term that oversimplifies a vast range of experience and that transcends human experience (bonus points for being attuned to the suffering of our fellow earthlings)

If you can relate to these, we encourage you to complete an application below.

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