Graduate Externship Training Program

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The Counseling Services Center
Room L.68.00
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

Mon: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tue: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thu: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


If it is an emergency, if you are feeling very anxious or depressed and feel the need to talk to a counselor immediately, you do not need to make an appointment, just walk in. Emergencies after hours should be referred to the campus Security Department. Security is also reached by calling 212-237-8888 


The Graduate Externship Training Program provides valuable training experience for future counseling professionals and psychologists. Graduate students obtain training and supervised experience in individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, outreach and education. Externs have the opportunity to work with a diverse student population who present with a wide range of concerns.

Goals of the Externship Training Program
The graduate extern program focuses on the following areas of development:

  • Theoretical/Conceptual Knowledge and Application: Externs gain knowledge in integrating and applying different theories and models of psychological development.
  • Therapeutic Modes: Externs gain competency in applying basic clinical knowledge and skills in different therapeutic modes (individual, group etc.)
  • Sensitivity to diversity: Externs gain competency in adapting assessment and intervention to the client’s culture, history and presenting problems.
  • Personal Awareness: Through individual and group supervision externs will identify and address personal issues that may impact professional functioning.
  • Professional Ethics: Externs will learn and practice the legal and ethical guidelines that govern the practice of mental health professionals.


Candidates must be fully enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology (or related field).

Time Commitments
The externship begins in late August and ends in late May. Externs must be available 16-20 hours/week and be on-site a minimum of two days/week. For the Externship Overview and Activities, click here.

Applicants are encouraged submit application materials by FEBRUARY 14,2014. We begin the interview process as soon as the received application packets are complete. Candidates who are considered finalists for the externship will be asked to have a personal interview. For your application packet, please include the following items:

  • A Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae
  • An Official/Unofficial Transcript of graduate work
  • A letter of readiness from the applicant’s Director of Training/ Placement Coordinator
  • Verification of enrollment in a professional liability insurance program. (This requirement is needed prior to beginning the externship, but is not necessary in the initial application. Applications for insurance can be located by contacting the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust.)

Letters of readiness may be mailed directly or included with the application packet.

Applications should be submitted to:

Kathy Stavrianopoulos, PhD
Graduate Externship Training Coordinator
Counseling Department, Room L68.00NB
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

For more information, call the Department of Counseling at 212-237-8111.