Please review the following information regarding training as an intern with Maria Droste Counseling Center for the 2017-2018 term. The updated application and instructions are available below.

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Internship opportunities at Maria Droste are 9-12 months in duration, beginning in June or August. We do  not accept interns for shorter durations or time commitments than 24 hours/week.

The internship program is comprehensive and competitive. Our cohorts of 20 interns for 2015-2016 and 24 for 2016-2017 were selected from a pool of more than 100 candidates. Please review carefully our program requirements before applying.

iStock_000015846805LargeOne way Maria Droste Counseling Center meets the needs of those individuals and families who would not otherwise be able to obtain counseling services is by utilizing master’s and doctoral level interns from area counseling, psychology, social work, and marriage and family programs and school psychology. At any given time, Maria Droste is providing internship training for up to 24 interns. In our 27 year history we have trained over 500 intern therapists. These interns provide counseling through several programs: OPTIONS, CHILDREN FIRST, and INTEGRATED CARE.

Residents from anywhere in Colorado, regardless of legal status, can receive counseling through the OPTIONS program at Maria Droste. The Options program is available to adults, children, adolescents, couples and families who meet income guidelines or may not have access to mental health care elsewhere. We serve a diverse group of clients, including monolingual Spanish speakers.  In addition, our clients experience a variety of presenting concerns.

Our CHILDREN FIRST program serves children from multi-cultural populations in 21 Denver-area schools. Each intern is assigned to a particular school, which may be K-5, K-8, or 9-12. Given our early intervention focus, most interns are placed in elementary schools. As with our adult clients, the children have a wide range of presenting issues. Interns also work with parents and have an opportunity to lead groups with children on a specific topic, such as social skills or grief.

The INTEGRATED CARE program is growing as we learn how best to meet the needs of our community. Interns work with children, adults, or geriatric populations for assessment and short-term interventions in medical settings like primary care or residential facilities, with potential to see clients longer term at an integrated setting or in our clinic.

Our goal in these programs is to help clients experience more satisfaction and peace of mind, improve relationships and self-esteem, and find positive approaches to dealing with life challenges.

Our intern supervisors are members of The Therapist Group, a collective of therapists highly experienced in a wide variety of modalities, and are enthusiastic about training our interns. They have tremendous respect for the important role that interns play in our mission of providing quality services to the community, and they receive training and consultation specifically related to their supervisory roles.

In addition to individual supervision we have group supervision twice per month and in-service trainings on a variety of clinical topics which are often not covered by university programs. This training takes place each Friday morning from 8:30 to noon.

Through our internship program, interns receive experience with:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Counseling for Clients of All Ages
  • Medicaid
  • Group Therapy
  • Couples Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Integrated Care

Internship Program Tracks

In their applications, internship candidates are asked to choose a track that aligns with the aforementioned Maria Droste programs. All tracks are 24 hours/week. Start dates are early June or mid-August and all internships end by the first Friday in June.

Options: Primarily individual, adult clients are provided services on a sliding-scale basis or via Medicaid at our Center. Limited couple, family, or child clients are typically reserved for Couples & Family interns. (Usually 2 or 3 interns per year)

Children First: Children in Denver Public Schools and some local Catholic or charter schools (K-5, K-8, or 9-12) are provided mental health services within their schools. Services are provided by interns free of charge or via Medicaid.

Integrated Care: Individuals in medical settings (e.g. primary care or geriatric facility) are provided mental health services at their location. Services are provided by interns free of charge or via Medicaid. For 2016-2017 year, we proudly partnered with Kavod Senior Living and Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics and placed an intern in each.

Combined Adult/Child Track
Interns work in Options for up to 5 hours/week, 10 hours in Children First, 5 hours receiving training and supervision, and 4 hours with support work. This is the traditional track we have had for many years. If you are interested in this track, we strongly encourage a June start. June or August start. Spots available: 10-12.

Children First Track
Interns work solely with Children First, either a full 15 hours in 1 school or splitting their time between 2 schools, 5 hours receiving training and supervision, and 4 hours with support work (i.e. record-keeping). August ONLY start. Spots available: 4-6.

Options Track
Interns work in Options for up to 5 hours/week, 10 hours in intake department emphasizing assessment and referral, and 5 hours receiving training and supervision. June ONLY start. Spots available: 2-3.

Integrated Care Track
Interns work in Options for up to 5 hours/week, 10 hours in Integrated Care setting, 5 hours receiving training and supervision, and 4 hours with support work. June or August start. Spots available: 2-3.

Internship Program Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program
  • 24 hours/week minimum (See track descriptions)
  • Minimum 9 month commitment (mid August to June; optional June start)
  • Training every Friday morning from 8:30 to noon
  • Ability to schedule clients at least one evening (4-7pm) or a half-day on weekend each week
  • Ability to respond to client emergencies such as abuse reports as needed
  • One hour individual supervision per week
  • Completion of all clinical and agency paperwork, billing
  • A minimum of two audio/video recordings
  • Ability to work independently
  • Professional attitude
  • Self-awareness and a commitment to personal growth. Interns who have not had their own counseling are asked to complete a minimum of 6 sessions prior to starting the internship
  • Purchase of student (not university) liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,00/$3,000,000 (about $35)
  • Agency key & building entry deposit (currently $25)
  • Child Abuse Record & Background Check fee (currently $25)

Maria Droste Counseling Center is an approved field placement site for several graduate programs. These currently include:

  • Colorado State University: Social Work program
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver:  M.S.W.
  • Naropa University:  M.A. Mindfulness-Based TCP, M.A. Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology, M.A. Somatic Dance Movement Body Psychotherapy
  • Regis University:  M.A. Counseling, M.A. Marriage and Therapy
  • University of Colorado Denver:  M.A. Counseling Psychology, M.A. Clinical Mental Health, M.A. Couple and Family Counseling, School Psychology program
  • University of Denver:  M.S.W., M.A. Counseling Psychology, M.A. International Disaster Psychology, Psy.D. Child and Adolescent Assessment and Intervention, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology
  • University of Northern Colorado:  M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. School Counseling

Any other programs need to be cleared with our Director of Clinical Training, and have an anti-discrimination statement that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. For programs not listed above, please include your university’s anti-discrimination statement, a summary of your academic and clinical training progression, and a contact person for your program.

To apply to our internship program, you must submit a COMPLETE application. 

The application and guidelines for a complete submission are available here.

For more information about our graduate training program, please e-mail Your application and related materials will be submitted to Bridget Hand at

We at Maria Droste have been pleased by the great interest in our internship program. The process for becoming an intern at Maria Droste is competitive. As of July 2016, all of our internship positions were filled for summer and the 2016-2017 school year. We anticipate a complete cohort for 2017-2018 even earlier.