Student Internship Application Process

Recruitment for potential interns begins at the end of January each year. The Student Intern Program accepts qualified students enrolled in an accredited university/college training program currently affiliated with Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department. Applications must be completed and submitted to the Student Intern Coordinator with the requested documents. If selected, you will be invited for interviews.

Application/Selection Process

A virtual Open House for interested students will be held on January 19, 2024 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Click here to view and download virtual Open House PDF flyer and register at Zoom link:

The initial application deadline is February 5th, 2024. Special Note: Any application submitted after this date will be reviewed based on placement availability. Recommendation Letters can be submitted by March 14, 2024.

Students may download the attached application, complete it with all the required information (resume, cover letter, statement of purpose, 2 letters of recommendation, and the Fall Semester Evaluation for MSW students) and submit it to the Intern Coordinator. If you need more information, please email [email protected]. Eligible applicants will be contacted for a preliminary interview. Selected students will be offered opportunities to interview at individual clinic sites.

Internship Eligibility Criteria

  • Be enrolled as a MSW, MFT, or PCC graduate level student in a BASW Program or in a university that holds a current Affiliate Agreement with Santa Clara County Mental Health Department for the entire academic year.

  • Commit to an intern/trainee placement for the entire academic year from September through May. 

  • Commit to attend the weekly Thursday seminar/training.

  • Be in “good academic standing” during full-time enrollment.

  • A minimum of 16 hours per week are required for 1st year graduate students.

  • A minimum of 20 hours per week are required for final year graduate students.

How to Apply

Submit entire application to the Student Intern Program Coordinator.

Only completed applications with the following will be reviewed:

  1. Cover Letter

  2. Current Resume

  3. Two Letters of Recommendations (1 academic and 1 non-academic professional who is familiar with your field related work) Due March 14, 2024

  4. Statement of Purpose (included in the application packet)

  5. Supplemental Questions (included in the application packet)

  6. Fall Semester Field Evaluation (for MSW Students)

  7. Indicate if you are requesting a stipend (Final year Master Students Only)

Interview/Selection Process

  • Attend orientation/informational meeting.

  • Review of completed application packet for qualified student intern.

  • Qualified student intern will interview with Student Intern Program Staff.

  • Qualified student intern will interview with potential Clinic Intern Supervisor/Manager of their choice.

  • Placement decisions are made in the spring and notifications will be sent by the intern program.

Student Internship/Trainee Program Application:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Stipend for the final year Masters Student:


Current Affiliation with Santa Clara County Mental Health Department:

Cal State Monterey (MSW)

National University (MFT)

Santa Clara University (MFT)


University of San Francisco (MFT)

UC Berkeley (MSW)

Palo Alto University (MFT)

William Jessup (MFT)

San Francisco State University (MSW)


Contact Information:

Chiaki Nomoto, LMFT
Student Intern Program Coordinator
Learning Partnership Division
1075 East Santa Clara Street, 2nd Floor
San Jose, CA 95116
Phone: 1 (408) 792-3944
E-mail [email protected][email protected]

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