Application Process

Graduate Student Training Position

The NDSU Counseling Center accepts graduate students (master's and doctoral) from the disciplines of social work, clinical mental health counseling, marriage & family therapy, and applied psychology (counseling, clinical, and school). Acceptance of graduate student clinicians is contingent on the expressed interest and capability of the student, availability of supervisors, and office space.
The Counseling Center space has recently been rennovated, complete with a Relaxation Room featuring a state-of-the-art massage chair, a self-help library and reading nook, and new individual office spaces with sound-proof walls and ceilings as well as modern dimmable office lighting to facilitate a more comfortable and healing experience.

Stipend: Up to $ 5500 offered offered a year
Stipends are available for graduate student trainees who are accepted to do training with us. The stipend amount will depend on the number working hours a week. 

  • Trainees working 10 – 20 hours a week: up to $3,600 a year,
  • Trainees working 21 – 25 hours a week: up to $4,582 a year, and
  • Trainees working 26 + hours a week: up to $5,500 a year.


  • Attend 4 - 5 days of training prior to the beginning of the academic year a week before classes begin in August (August 19 – 23, 2024).


  • ** Having completed a clinical or counseling practicum at which you provided counseling is required **
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge obtained from coursework in chosen field of study (ex: Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Community Mental Health program)
  • Enrollment in a CACREP or APA accredited academic program is highly desirable


  • Provide required number of hours of service per week to the NDSU Counseling Center; the required number is determined by your academic program
  • Provide intakes/initial assessments, crisis work, consultations with parents and/or faculty
  • Provide individual counseling 
  • Co-facilitate groups
  • Provide outreach opportunities to the campus community
  • Attend weekly individual supervision (1 hour/week)
  • Attend weekly group supervision (2 hours/week; Fridays from 9:00-11:00AM)
  • Periodically serve as on-call emergency counselor (about twice/semester; primarily through phone consultation)

Application Deadline: January 26, 2024

Interview Week:  February 5 – 12, 2024

  • Offers for a training position made shortly after interview week.

Application Material:

  • Include cover letter and vita or resume with application.
  • Complete online application via the Apply Now tab below. 

    Ready to apply? 
    Submit your online application to become a Graduate Student Trainee at the NDSU Counseling Center.

    Applications and questions should be e-mailed to:

    Annette Vazquez, M.Ed., LPC #1094 (she/her/hers)
    Assistant Director—Training and Outreach
    NDSU Counseling Center

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