About Our Internship Placements

Graduate Associates (Internship)

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 submit an application, please use the form below. In the subject line, type your name and the semester in which you are interested in joining us as a practicum student. Once we have received your application materials, including a cover letter, a resume, and three recommendation letters, 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 debriefing learning group with your other associates. With four 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
  • Commit at least three semesters to AFI
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to ask good questions

Note: Fall 2017 applications are now closed. We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2018 Internship. All Spring 2018 application materials are due by October 2, 2017. Please email apply@austinfamilyinstitute.org for questions and inquiries.

Post-Graduate Associates

How to Apply

If you are a current AFI Graduate Associate, please notify the office manager in writing a minimum of 60 days prior to the last day of graduate internship. The office manager 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.

Doctoral Residents

We accept applications for PhD level internships year-around. Doctoral residents have a unique opportunity to participate in ongoing clinical work as a family therapy provider. In addition, doctoral residents contribute to potential research and grant-writing opportunities for AFI. To begin the application process, please use the form below to indicate your interest. Write your name in the subject line and indicate that you are applying as a doctoral resident. Once we receive a complete application, which includes a CV, cover letter, three references, and a clinical purpose statement, we will review your materials and contact you for an interview. All our doctoral openings are reviewed upon receipt of all application materials. 

Note: We are currently accepting applications for doctoral residents.

Minimum qualifications for doctoral resident placement:

  • Must have a master's in MFT or equivalent training
  • Must be on track for LMFT-licensure
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to systems theory
  • 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
  • Must demonstrate leadership ability with potential for supervision training
  • Must maintain professional membership in AAMFT, TAMFT, or equivalent

Apply today using the form below.