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Student Intern Program

Contact Information:

Alexis Horozan , LMFT
Intern and Career Pathway Coordinator
Learning Partnership Division
Phone: 1 (408) 792-3910
Fax: (408) 792-2158


 Program Overview

Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department's award winning Student Intern Program is dedicated to training students in both clinical and community work in a public mental health setting. The fundamental concepts that direct all services in the Department are founded in the Mental Health Service Act (MHSA):

  • cultural competency
  • client/family focused
  • integrated service experience
  • community collaboration
  • wellness, recovery, and resilience
These concepts are at the foundation of the Student Intern/Trainee Program.

Placement opportunities are available at several county mental health sites which provide diversified options for students of varying interests and competencies. Students have an opportunity to train as a clinician, be part of a clinical treatment team, and/or participate in program development. All placements support the fundamental concepts of the MHSA, enhances professional, clinical and collaboration skills. Graduate level internships are available for students enrolled in MSW or MFT programs. Undergraduate level internships are limited. Interns are provided with weekly individual and group supervision, as well as an in depth training seminar program.

The mission of the Student Intern Program is to provide an enriched clinical training experience focusing on building clinical and cultural competency for students preparing for a career in mental health. The Santa Clara County Department of Behavioral Health Services prides itself in its ongoing commitment to training clinicians with a foundation based on the concepts of the Mental Health Services Act. 

Students who are accepted into the program must read and be familiar with Santa Clara County Policies


WET Stipend Program

The Behavioral Health Services Department offers stipends for qualified MSW and MFT Interns. All interns are encouraged to apply. Please indicate on your application that you are requesting a stipend. 


Application/Selection Process

Recruitment for potential interns begins at the end of January each year. The Student Intern Program accepts qualified students enrolled in an accredited university/college training program. Applications must be completed and submitted to the Student Intern Coordinator with the requested documents. If selected, you will be invited for an in-person interview. Following these interviews,  individual visits to clinic sites are arranged.

Welcome Our New Student Interns for Fall 2019 


Last updated: 8/14/2019 2:25 PM