Mind Body Co-op offers graduate internship experiences for individuals studying a variety of disciplines. These include, but are not limited to: social work, counseling, psychology, marriage & family therapy, adventure therapy, somatic mindfulness therapy and art therapy.
Mind Body Co-op requires a 12 month commitment regardless of the graduate program’s academic calendar. We request this schedule because we are committed to providing both a quality experience to our students and continuity to the clients we serve. We will not accept any applicants who cannot fulfill this commitment. We do not provide partial year internships. Graduate interns are also required to achieve 500 hours of direct client service, regardless of the graduate program’s clinical requirements.
Mind Body Co-op offers a unique internship experience, unlike any other in the Chicagoland area. In addition to weekly individual supervision and group supervision, graduate interns will have access to a broad range of clinical experience, and training. Training includes monthly, 3-hour trainings on our core competency areas (LGBTQ affirmative practice, multisystemic/multicultural practice, somatic mindfulness therapy, creative expressive modalities, and trauma informed practice), access to over 15 full-time staff with a variety of backgrounds and experiences, opportunities to co-facilitate group therapy, etc.
We believe in providing each student with as varied an experience as possible. Graduate interns spend 24- hours per week, on-site, engaged in Mind Body Co-op activities which may include: therapy with individuals and couples, co-facilitating groups, program development, somatic training, individual and group supervision, outreach, and administrative activities. Interns work with a largely adult client population and are unlikely to see individuals under the age of 20 years old. Throughout the course of the 12-month internship, graduate interns are expected to complete 500 hours of direct client contact.
- Completion of all academic requirements necessary to engage in field placement
- Flexible schedule, with an ability to be on-site Tuesday afternoons (for meetings), the first Friday of the month (for somatic trainings) and evenings and/or Saturdays (for clients). While we have many interns who have completed the program while working part or even full time, we expect your commitment to Mind Body Co-op to be prioritized.
- Commitment to the underlying philosophical values of Mind Body Co-op
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to be in placement for a full year
- Maturity and self-direction
- Willingness to engage in self-reflection
- Previous clinical experience, or other involvement in areas related to our values, a plus
Those interested in applying for an internship at Mind Body Co-op should fill out the online application with a cover letter (explaining your interest in Mind Body Co-op and our values), resume or CV and three letters of recommendation.