Compton College Counseling Internship (3CI) Program

Counseling Internship Program 

The Compton College Counseling Internship (3CI) Program is designed to support interns by helping them prepare for a counseling role in the California community college system. Interns will practice cultural competence, holistic counseling, and career development. The 3CI Program is committed to growing and developing candidates who will be a guiding force for our diverse student population. Our program is aligned with our campus Vision, Mission, and Strategic Initiatives that support the success of all students.
Under the direction of the Dean of Counseling and Guided Pathways and working closely with full-time counselors, interns will provide counseling, career guidance and advisement services for students to help them determine their educational, career technical education (CTE), and personal goals. Interns will help students to identify, mitigate and/or remove whatever factors exist as impediments to possible success in the areas of academic, CTE, and/or personal achievements.  


The 3CI Program is unpaid and focuses on counseling at the community college level. Program commitments and duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in providing academic, career, and social counseling to a diverse community college student population.  
  • Participate in registration, new student orientation sessions, classroom presentations, early alert, and outreach activities. 
  • Provide information and referrals to programs and services such as, but not limited to: student athletes, EOPS/CARE, Special Resource Center, and CalWORKs.
  • Participate in counseling faculty responsibilities including meetings, committee work, and professional development.
  • Other counseling duties assigned as related to the accomplishment of a program or activities.

The Eligibility of Counseling Internships

Compton College accepts Graduate students that are currently registered or have completed a degree from an accredited college or university in the following areas: Master’s degree in 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 the equivalent.  
If a candidate is currently pursuing a degree, they must meet one of the following requirements by the start date of the counseling internship program;  

  • Enrolled in a graduate level course(s) at an accredited college or university that requires an internship/field work/field study/practicum.
  • Completed first year of graduate program and enrolled for the following term 
  • Recommended that counseling theories course requirement is met.
  • Compton College strongly prefers candidates that are pursuing a career in higher education counseling with an emphasis in community college. 
The role of an intern varies based on the area of focus (e.g. General Counseling, Transfer Counseling, etc.). The college will work with the institution from which the intern is attending regarding the experience/role required for the internship as it relates to the job description published by the college.
Compton College will determine the number of interns that it can accommodate per semester based on resources available to accommodate the needs of the internship. 
If selected for the internship, the candidate must commit to a 1-semester unpaid internship. 

Application Process

All potential candidates must submit the Compton College Counseling Internship Interest Form. The form will require you to rank your top three areas and upload the following documents: 
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter – include why you are interested in an internship at Compton College, any goals or projects you would like to complete, or any specific populations you would like to work with during your internship.
  • Unofficial Transcripts (Graduate Unofficial Transcripts) 
The following Areas are currently reviewing interest forms for fall 2024: 
  • Transfer & Career Center
  • Health and Public Services (HEPS)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)
  • Fine Arts, Communication, and Humanities (FACH)
  • Social Sciences (SSCI)
  • Adult Education 
The counselor mentor will contact candidates to schedule a phone or in-person interview. When a candidate and counselor mentor decide to proceed with an internship, candidates will be provided with further instructions for onboarding. 
Please email if you have any questions.
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