About Our Internship Placements

Undergraduate Internship

how to apply

To apply for a placement in our Undergraduate Internship program, please email your cover letter and resume to apply@austinfamilyinstitute.org. In addition, AFI requires three recommendation letters: one from a professor, one from a professor OR a professional with whom you have worked or interned, and a non-family member character reference. Recommenders can send letters via email to apply@austinfamilyinstitute.org. or fax at 512-329-6146. We will review those materials and inform you promptly whether we would like to invite you for an interview.

What to expect from an internship at AFI

We are a non-profit counseling/therapy and training institute providing the opportunity for junior and senior students to receive direct exposure to a clinical and private practice therapy setting. Along with extensive clerical experience in a private practice setting, undergraduates are able to participate in weekly group supervision, observe individual supervision with our therapist interns, and view videos of sessions. It is a unique and rare opportunity for those interested in about entering the mental health field.

RequireD Qualifications

  • Must be a junior or senior majoring in psychology, human development, social work, health sciences, or related fields

  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Candidates must be available to commit 14-16 hours weekly for the duration of the semester. Mondays 2-4pm are required hours.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Detail oriented and comfortable working in an office environment

  • Interest in mental health, health sciences, and/or non-profit work

  • Ability to prioritize and demonstrate good time management

  • Strong organization skills

Deadlines

Semester                   Application Due Date

Spring...............................November 1

Summer............................April 1

Fall....................................June 1

Please email apply@austinfamilyinstitute.org for questions and inquiries.


Graduate Internship

HOW TO APPLY

Austin Family Institute accepts applications for three-semester practicum placements twice per year, typically during the fall and spring. Depending on space we may accept applications for the summer semester. To apply for a placement in our Graduate Internship program, please email your cover letter and resume to apply@austinfamilyinstitute.org. In addition, AFI requires three recommendation letters, one from a professor, one from a professional with whom have worked or interned, and a non-family member character reference. Recommenders can send letters via email to apply@austinfamilyinstitute.org or fax at 512-329-6146. We will review those materials and inform you promptly whether we would like to invite you for an interview.

What makes AFI graduate associates different?

At AFI, you get more than just a simple hour of supervision and training. Our practicum students receive at least two hours of hands on supervision per week, once in a group and once in an individual setting. In addition, you will have access to our directors and faculty for consultation and supervision in the case of an emergency or crisis. In addition to those two hours, you will receive one hour of family therapy education per week in our marriage and family therapy seminar in which we discuss relevant clinical issues from a systemic perspective. Finally, on the weeks we do not have an hour of MFT seminar, you will engage in a peer consultation learning group with your other associates. With three locations in Austin, you will have access to diverse populations and clinical challenges. Finally, our commitment is to help train students to become effective private practitioners. By the time you leave AFI, you will be empowered to be placed in almost any professional position you seek, from agency work to private practice.

Minimum Qualifications for Graduate Associate placement

  • Must be on either a LMFT-only or dual-track degree program

  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to systems theory

  • Speak clearly about MFT models (For ex. Structural, Strategic, Bowen, Narrative)

  • Maintain vigilant ethical and professional boundaries

  • Collaborate effectively and creatively in a group setting

  • Must be teachable and have a desire for knowledge

  • Strong communication skills and willingness to ask questions

  • Commit at least three semesters to AFI

  • Commit at least one evening or Saturday per week for client appointments as part of required 15-18 hour weekly commitment

Deadlines

Semester                   Application Due Date

Spring...............................October 11

Summer............................March 1

Fall....................................May 1

Please email apply@austinfamilyinstitute.org for questions and inquiries.


Post-Graduate Internship

How to Apply

If you are a current AFI Graduate Associate, please notify the Head of Administration in writing a minimum of 60 days prior to the last day of graduate internship. The Head of Administration will set up an interview with AFI directors and faculty within three weeks of the request to discuss.

If you are not a current AFI Graduate Associate, please email apply@austinfamilyinstitute.org with a letter of interest (no longer than one page) and a resume/CV. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR Post-GRADUATE ASSOCIATE PLACEMENT

  • Must have graduated from a marriage and family therapy graduate program or equivalent

  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to systems theory

  • Speak clearly about MFT models (For ex. Structural, Strategic, Bowen, Narrative)

  • Maintain vigilant ethical and professional boundaries

  • Collaborate effectively and creatively in a group setting

  • Must be teachable

  • Strong communication skills

  • Ability to ask good questions

  • Eligible for licensure

  • Must be a self-starter

  • Ability to work interdependently

  • Must be able to demonstrate initiative

Note: Selection for a post-graduate position is based on professional fitness and performance. Consideration is dependent on availability of positions.

Please email apply@austinfamilyinstitute.org for questions and inquiries.