MA in Counseling and Guidance: School and Bilingual School Counseling, Pre-K-12, On-Campus Program

Internships in School Counseling

Information for Students

Field learning is a focal point of any counselor education program. We strongly believe that counselors in training need the opportunity to combine their didactic learning with actual experience in a fieldwork setting where they can observe, develop clinical skills, and practice the tasks typically associated with a professional counselor.

Internships help our students acquire an understanding of the role of the professional counselor, develop a sense of professional identity, and gain proficiency and confidence by applying their overall learning and emerging skills under the supervision of experienced, qualified, and approved counselors.

Students in the School Counseling K-12 Program and the Bilingual School Counseling Program are required to complete a minimum of three full days, or 21 hours per week, of internship work in a school setting over the course of two consecutive semesters. Students will work at the same internship site throughout the entire academic year, in addition to enrolling in an internship seminar class.

As required by New York state, internships take place under the direct supervision of a licensed or certified school counselor. Bilingual School Counseling students must complete their internship under the supervision of a New York state certified bilingual school counselor. Internship opportunities are available in schools throughout New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, and New Jersey. The internship experience is a preparation requirement for certification and/or licensure in all states.

For more information, contact Lisa Suzuki, Program Director at Dr. Lisa Suzuki

Registration for Internship Courses
  1. Registration for internship courses takes place the semester before the one in which you plan to begin your field placement. Students in a typical two-year full-time program start this process at the beginning of the spring semester of their first year, in preparation for doing their internship in their second year.
  2. Students are expected to have successfully completed at least the following courses prior to beginning their internship: Professional Orientation and Ethical Issues in Counseling, Foundations of Counseling, Cross-Cultural Counseling, Counseling: Theory and Process, Individual Counseling: Practice (Lab) I and II, Abnormal Psychology, and Group Dynamics.
  3. Internship preparation workshops will be held late in the fall semester. These information sessions will be announced on the listserv. You must attend one session in order to prepare for the process involved in securing an internship placement site. You will work closely with the department's Internship & Fieldwork Administrator.

Please direct all inquires regarding internship, licensure, and certification to the Dr. Lisa Suzuki

Information for Host Organizations

Our graduate students are pursuing New York state certification and preparing to work as school counselors in K-12 school settings. They typically finish the program in two years and complete one full-year internship during their final year of study, where they learn to address the academic, social, and emotional needs of their students. In addition, they work closely with staff, teachers, parents, and community to meet the needs of the school.

Each year, we place approximately 35 students in more than 30 schools throughout New York City and New Jersey. Students work three days a week for a minimum of 300 hours per semester for a full academic year. 

As interns, students perform observations and assessments; observe and participate in faculty meetings, guidance conferences, and staff development trainings; and most critically, provide direct counseling to two-to-five students by the middle of the fall semester. Counseling activities include conducting individual or group counseling sessions, preparing counseling curriculum, teaching counseling lessons, counseling on all grade levels, and meeting with parents and teachers.

In order to receive interns, schools must offer 600 hours of work over the course of the academic year and a minimum of one hour per week of individual supervision by a permanently certified school counselor supervisor. Supervisors complete mid-semester and end-of-semester evaluations of their interns, and both supervisors and interns sign an internship agreement form. In exchange for providing our students with valuable internships, we offer each site supervisor a 3-credit course waiver for a class at NYU.

If you would like more information about hosting an NYU intern, please contact Dr. Lisa Suzuki.


School Internship Sites
Elementary Schools Muscota New School, Manhattan
  PS 11, Manhattan
  Pocantico Hills School, Sleepy Hollow, NY
  PS 108, Manhattan
  PS 193, Queens NY
  The Neighborhood School, Manhattan
  The Earth School, Manhattan
  PS 19Q, Queens
Elementary-Middle Schools PS/MS 282 Brooklyn
  Angelo DelToro PS/MS 108, Manhattan
  PS/IS 206, Brooklyn NY
Middle Schools Thompkins Square Middle School, Manhattan
  Lab School For Finance, Bronx
  Wagner Middle School 167, Manhattan
  New Heights Middle School, Brooklyn
  Lower Manhattan Community Middle School
  C.A.S.T.L.E. Middle School 345, Manhattan

Clinton School for Writers and Artists, Manhattan


Bronx Studio School for Artists, Bronx


Mott Hall II, Manhattan


PS 138 Annex- MS ALC, Brooklyn


Gramercy Arts High School, Manhattan


East Harlem ALC-MS, Manhattan


School for Global Leaders (378, Manhattan


Empower Charter School, Brooklyn


Eleanor Roosevelt Intermediate School, Manhattan

Middle-High Schools

Frederick Douglas Academy II, Manhattan


Lab School of Finance and Technology, Bronx

 High Schools Midwood High School, Brooklyn

Beacon School, Manhattan


Emma Lazarus High School, Manhattan


High School for Math, Science, and Engineering, Manhattan


Professional Performing Arts School, Manhattan


George Washington Carver High school, Queens


Central Park East HS, Manhattan


Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, Brooklyn


School of the Future, Manhattan


Richard Greene High School of Teaching, Manhattan


Sunset Park High School, Brooklyn


Baruch College Campus High School, Manhattan


Millennium High School, Manhattan


East West School for International Studies, Queens


Landmark High School, Manhattan


Richard R. Green High School, Manhattan


New Hyde Park Memorial High School, Queens


Stuyvesant High School, Manhattan


East Side Community High School, Manhattan


High School for Dual Languages and Asian Studies, Manhattan


Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Manhattan


Passaic High School, New Jersey


Bronx Lab School, Bronx


Park Place Academic (ALC HS)


Bayside High School, Queens


Brooklyn Tech High School, Brooklyn


Williamsburg Charter High School, Brooklyn


Bard High School Early College, Queens


Manhattan International High School, Manhattan


New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, Manhattan