Gain practical experience as a counselor.

Internships and practicum experiences help you build a network of contacts and resources for future job opportunities. Here, we've listed specific and general sites in Grand Rapids, Mich., to consider for your internship; most of these sites have accepted Grand Rapids Theological Seminary students in the past.

  • The Well, Cornerstone University's Counseling Center
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Beacon of Hope
  • Gilda's Club
  • Mel Trotter Ministries
  • Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
  • Wedgwood Christian Services
  • Private Counseling Agencies
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Area Churches
  • Public and Christian Schools
  • Human Resource Departments
  • Group Practices
  • Addictions and Rehab Facilities

However, you do not have to choose a site from this list. We allow students at GRTS to find their area of passion and pursue a site that provides the most hands-on experience for their needs. You must fill out and submit a Site Proposal Form to ensure that the site you have chosen fulfills our guidelines for approval.

Practicum Hours

Practicum will include 100 hours of experience in which you will gain a greater understanding of the work of a counselor. You will complete at least 40 direct client contact hours as you begin working with clients. The other 60 hours of practicum will include supplemental work (e.g., research, reading, case notes, supervision).

Internship Hours

Your internship will include 600 hours of experience in which you will be doing the work of a counselor. You will complete at least 240 direct client hours (e.g., individual therapy, group therapy, assessments). The other 360 hours will include supplemental work (e.g., research, reading, case notes, supervision).

Liability Insurance

For practicum and internship experiences, you must have your own student professional liability insurance in place before you can register for these classes. You must maintain insurance coverage from the semester you register for your practicum or internship until the completion of your program.

Below are links to sample mental health insurance organizations. We do not endorse any one company, and you are free to secure insurance from other providers.