Clinical Social Work Training Program

Clinical Social Work Training Program

The University Counseling Center’s (UCC) part-time 9-month Clinical Social Work internship is designed for students currently enrolled in a CSWE accredited graduate program in social work. The internship’s primary emphasis is on advanced training in clinical mental health and the provision of supervised clinical interventions. Internship consists of approximately 20 hours weekly with Friday being a required day.
The UCC staff represents a multicultural group of professionals, including senior staff (Social Workers, Clinical Counselors, and Psychologists), doctoral psychology interns and practicum students, social work interns, clinical counseling practicum students and interns, and support staff. Social work interns are considered an integral part of the Center and are included in all operations of the UCC. Clinical service and training are given high priorities, with room for interns to pursue projects of particular interest to them. Values and practices of cultural humility, diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to the provision of UCC services, programs and training.
The UCC is a department within the Division of Student Affairs, with a mission of providing high quality services and programs that foster the academic and personal development, as well as the psychological well-being, of Pitt’s diverse student body within the framework of the Personalized Care Model. The main location of the UCC is housed on the second floor of Nordenberg Hall, within the University Health and Wellness Center. As well, The UCC has the ability to provide services, programs and trainings in a virtual format.
This program will begin with onboarding and orientation training at the beginning of August 2022. There will also be opportunities for further professional development training throughout the semester as well as once the fall academic semester concludes. The overall emphasis of the experience will be advanced clinical social work training.

Clinical Experience

This internship involves supervised direct service of counseling (individual, relationship and/or group), same-day drop-in services and crisis appointments,  workshops, and psychoeducational outreach activities. Interns can also participate in orientation, staff meetings, , team building meetings, and other professional development opportunities,

This program is designed to meet the needs of those second-year students seeking intense supervised training in clinical social work with college students with diverse strengths, concerns  and goals as well as from multicultural backgrounds.

Preferences will be given to candidates who have a desire for a clinical career path and want the challenges and rewards of a rigorous clinical placement. Some clinical experience and related course work are preferred, as the candidate will begin providing clinical services after the orientation process concludes in August.

Multidisciplinary Training Experience

We are dedicated to training clinical social work students and view training as an essential component of the UCC. We have a multidisciplinary training group of social work, psychology, and counseling students. Interns have an excellent opportunity to learn about the multiple aspects of support that UCC provides congruent with the Personalized Care model , as well as the importance of the clinician's understanding of self.

The number of clinical social work intern positions will vary each year. Currently up to two positions are available for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Application Requirements

Completed applications should include the following:

  1. Current CV or resume
  2. Two Essays (1-2 pages)
    1. Statement of Interest (1-2 pages double spaced): Your statement should express your interest in training at our site and include a discussion of your relevant coursework and work experiences that make you a good candidate for our training program.
    2. Training Goals and Expectations (1-2 pages double spaced): Please discuss your training goals, interests, and expectations for your training year while also highlighting your commitment to serving our students through a lens of cultural humility with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  3. Undergraduate/Graduate transcripts

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send applications to, or for further questions contact:
Heather Arment, LCSW, BC-TMH
Lead Clinician – Masters Training Program

The University Counseling Center is a department within the Division of Student Affairs. The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Application Process/Contact

Applications for Fall 2022 placement are being accepted on a rolling basis until all available positions are filled.

The Clinical Social Work Intern Selection Committee adheres to the following selection process:

The committee will review all completed applications submitted on a rolling basis and offer interviews to chosen candidates in a timely manner. The candidates selected for the internship will be contacted by phone and/or email. All other applicants will receive a letter of appreciation from the Intern Selection Committee via email.