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IVC School of Guidance and Counseling Internship Program

COVID-19 Notice

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, government mandated safety protocols, as well as the temporary closure of the IVC campus, we will not accepting Fall 2020 internship application request until further notice.

Overview of Program

This application is to express interest in an unpaid internship* within the School of Guidance and Counseling at Irvine Valley College. This year-long (two semesters) program is for any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program who may be interested in the counseling field. Our internship will allow prospective interns an opportunity to explore careers and specialties areas in Higher Education.

Interns are accepted for the fall semester. However, we may take a limited number of interns during the summer and or spring term. Availability for summer and spring terms may vary each semester.

Please complete the form below to indicate your interest in this program.


  1. Enrolled in: A qualifying Master's Degree Program (i.e. counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, guidance counseling, educational counseling, social work, career development, marriage and family therapy, or marriage, family and child counseling OR enrolled in an undergraduate program in any field).
  2. Must be in good academic standing at an enrolled institution.
  3.  Excellent written and oral skills.
  4. Must be technologically competent.
  5. Must have a strong desire to work with community college students.
  6. Must be willing to commit to an internship lasting the entire academic semester AND a consistent weekly schedule not to exceed 20 hours a week.
  7. Upon selection, interns must complete a TB test**, a Livescan background check**, and must attend the mandatory orientation for interns (dates vary based on the semester).

*Selection for this internship does not guarantee employment within the South Orange County Community College District

**Selected interns are responsible for costs associated with completing the TB test and Livescan fingerprinting

Program Timeline





Apply between
March 1 - June 30

Applicant Screening


July 1-12


1st Week in August

Hold August 5-6
9 am - 2 pm

Paperwork Due

Friday, August 14
by 5 pm

Optional Flex Training

Friday before start of the semester

August 14 (Tentative)

Mandatory Orientation

4th Week in August

August 28
Noon - 2 pm

Selection Process

  1. All counselors interested in taking on an intern will be part of the Internship Selection Committee Process.
  2. After applicants are interviewed, counselors will discuss the selection of interns, areas to be assigned, and or any special projects.
  3. Interns will be notified of selection by email. The email will also include important dates/training, a volunteer holds harmless form, parking permit information, and contact information of their assigned counselor.
  4. Selected interns will be required to complete the Student Internship Agreement form, a TB test, and a background check. Selected interns will be responsible for all fees associated with the TB test and Livescan background check.
  5. Each selected individual intern will then coordinate with their assigned counselor to determine hours and days of commitment for fall.
  6. Various optional non-paid training will be offered ongoing throughout the semester.

Internship Form



T: 949-451-5431 (Career Center)
T: 949-451-5250 (job line for Employers)

Student Services Center, 
Room SSC 230