Counselling practicums and internships

UBC Counselling offers opportunities for master's level practicum placements and pre-doctoral internships.

Masters practicum program

About the Master's practicum program

UBC Counselling Services offers practicum placements to students in graduate counsellor training programs. The practicum is a high-quality, personalized training experience in an open, collegial atmosphere that promotes self-exploration and growth.

See the Practicum Brochure (pdf) for more information.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a master’s counsellor training program
  • Additionally, practicum applicants must have completed their counselling theory and counselling skills training courses, and at least one clinic or practicum experience
  •  Applicants must have approval from their program supervisor to apply

How to apply

You must prepare and submit all required application materials. For the list of application materials required and for detailed instructions on how to apply, please see the Practicum Brochure (pdf).

To submit your application materials, please email the Director of Training at Counselling Services, Dr. Kirk Beck, R.Psych. at

Application deadline 

Applications will be accepted at any time after January 1 of each year. All applications will be reviewed by the Practicum Selection Committee. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. Interviews and offers will be made on a rolling basis and the selection process will be complete once all four practicum positions are filled for the September to April term. This usually takes place by the first day of March each year. 

Pre-doctoral internships

About the Pre-doctoral internships

UBC Counselling Services offers four internship positions to doctoral students registered in Counselling Psychology and Clinical Psychology. This program provides advanced clinical training and supervision in a multifaceted university counselling context.

See the Pre-Doctoral Internship brochure (pdf) for more information.

What interns can do

Interns provide individual and group counselling to a diverse student population across a broad range of mental health and well-being concerns. 

If you intern for this program, you will  receive clinical training in assessment and conceptualization, crisis intervention, treatment planning, intervention, and working within the universities collaborative care model. You will receive four hours per week of individual supervision by registered psychologists and provide supervision to master’s level trainees. Over the course of the training year, you will complete a minimum of 1800 hours of supervised work experience. Opportunities to work with student athletes are available for applicants with training in sport psychology.

The pre-doctoral internship program is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (Accreditation Term 2017/18 – 2022/23).

The Association is located at Suite 702, 141 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON (K1P 5J3). Contact the association at 1 888 472 0657.

Eligibility requirements

  • You must be a doctoral student who is formally enrolled in a CPA counselling or clinical psychology program (Applicants from the APA and non-accredited programs that are CPA eligible will also be considered).
  • You must receive formal approval from your Director of Training 
  • You must complete all requisite coursework.
  • You must have a minimum of 600 hours of practicum experience (direct and indirect).
  • You must complete your doctoral thesis proposal and have your proposal approved before applying.
    Completion of data collection and analysis prior to the beginning of the internship year is recommended.

How to Apply

To apply, you must submit a completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI). UBC Counselling Services is participating in the APPIC Internship Matching Program and the NMS Code Number is 1840. Applicants can also find the program by entering any of: "UBC", "UBC Counselling Services", "British Columbia", or "BC".

For more details on the application, see the Pre-Doctoral Internship brochure (pdf).

Application deadline

The application deadline is November 1. The AAPI Admissions portal closes automatically at midnight EST.

If you have any questions