Graduate Interns

We provide a well-supervised internship experience, which prepares students to work in a college counseling environment. Interns dedicate 16 - 20 hours per week (depending on the intern’s training needs). The student contact component of the internship includes individual appointments, workshops/group work, drop-in counseling, and projects/special assignments. Graduate students can earn hours towards both College and Career specializations and emphases.

Graduate Interns will be trained to effectively counsel undergraduate college students regarding diverse academic issues and concerns including:

  • Understanding General Education and graduation requirements,
  • Improving study skills (time management, test-taking, note-taking, etc.)
  • Exploring various majors and career options
  • Orienting freshmen and transfer students to the university
  • Counseling students on academic probation regarding their academic progress and making a plan for success
  • Provide personal counseling services related to supporting a student’s academic success, addressing such concerns as transition to college, homesickness, identity exploration and development including but not limited to ethnicity, sexuality, ability, career, addressing family dynamics, mental health issues, immigration status.

Benefits of Interning with Metro College Success Program and the Undergraduate Advising Center:

  • Work with a dynamic cohort of students, developing relationships with them academically and personally
  • Gain experience in developing and facilitating educational and interactive workshops
  • Participate in a faculty community coming from many disciplines on campus
  • Possibility of a second year internship at CCSF with a parallel Metro Academies program
  • Possibility of paid summer position at UAC to assist with student orientation pending funding and performance.

Internship Details

The Metro College Success Program is a 2-year long duration student learning community (1 of 2 in the country) designed to support first generation, low-income, and historically under-represented students in the first two years of college at SF State. Upon entering SF State, freshmen students in the program are divided into a cohort of about 70 students based on major and/or career interest and remain with this cohort during their first two years taking specifically Metro designated GE and/or major related courses. In these Metro courses, there is a special emphasis on social justice issues within the students’ field of interest. Students gain a solid foundation to move on to meaningful work in public health, social services, child development, education, business, science, engineering, creative arts, as well as a variety of other disciplines. There are ten academies or cohorts which include: 1) Business, 2) Child and Adolescent Development, 3) Ethnic Studies, 4) Education, 5) Engineering, 6) Health Education I, 7) Health Education II, 8) Liberal and Creative Arts I, 9) Liberal and Creative Arts II, 10) Sciences. As a Graduate Counseling Intern with Metro, you will be providing individual and group advising services, and wraparound case-management support to a cohort of students. You will also be facilitating workshops and collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team to support Metro students.

Hourly Break down of Typical Internship Week

Interns dedicate 16 - 20 hours per week (depending on the intern’s training needs).

  • Individual supervision - 1 hour
  • Intern training - 2 hours (may be additional as needed)
  • Staff meeting - 1 hour
  • Advising* - 12 hours

*includes direct student contact AND any administrative tasks including documentation, case-management, student follow-up.

Internship Qualifications:

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate counseling program.