Graduate Mental Health Clinician Intern

Student Services San Francisco, California San Jose, California East Palo Alto, California


Position Summary

Under the supervision of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Clinical Interns in the Mental Health program have the primary responsibility of providing direct services to students K-12. Clinical Mental Health Interns assess barriers to students’ social, emotional, and academic success, provide individual and group counseling to address these barriers, consult with staff and link students and their families to community resources. The Intern will receive training, learn quality assurance best practices, and develop valuable clinical skills recognized in the Mental Health field. 

Reports to: Mental Health Clinician - Field Supervisor

Preferred Qualifications


  • Must hold Bachelor’s degree
  • Must be a graduate student enrolled in a practicum course at an accredited school of social work, counseling, or psychology. 

Knowledge/skills required:

  • Antiracist framework with a passion for disrupting racial inequities and abolishing the school-to-prison pipeline.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and implementation skills.
  • Knowledge, understanding, and willingness to work with interdisciplinary approaches and partnerships.
  • Understanding of basic theoretical and developmental principles of child, adolescent and family mental health.
  • School interns must undergo Live Scan check and receive TB and health clearances.
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish, Vietnamese, or Mandarin) candidates desired. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Consultation & Systems Level Work
    • General education teachers and staff. Consult with teachers in the development and implementation of classroom methods and procedures designed to facilitate student learning and to overcome learning, social-emotional and behavior challenges.
    • Parents & Families. Consult with parents and family members to assist in understanding the learning and adjustment processes of children.
    • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. Participate with other faculty and staff members to support tiered interventions to address student needs.
    • Professional Development. Participate in Clinical Supervision and Mental Health Community of Practice meetings at various locations.
    • Direct Service
      • Counseling. Provide weekly individual counseling, group counseling, and family counseling/support per team recommendations.
      • Case Management. Work collaboratively with the student's multidisciplinary treatment team to develop daily programming and interventions that will meet each student’s educational, mental health, and behavioral needs.
      • Therapeutic and Behavioral Interventions. Create and implement therapeutic interventions for the purposes of fostering better mental health and positive learning environments for students.
      • Crisis Intervention. Provide crisis intervention, assessments, and triage of students as needed. 
    • Adhere to the ethical standards and codes of the profession and to the established rules, regulations, and laws governing school mental health programs.
    • Adhere to schedules, policies and procedures as determined by KIPP Public Schools Northern California. 

    Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands

    Physical: Ability to navigate office and school campuses, and hold meetings in different spaces. Traditionally, much of the day involves sitting. Ability to access and utilize technology. Occasional lifting/carrying of equipment 1-20 lbs. Physical agility to move self in various positions in order to execute duties effectively, which may include kneeling, walking, pushing/pulling, squatting, twisting, turning, bending, stooping and reaching overhead

    Mental: Stress of deadlines and normal work standards, ability to analyze problems and generate alternatives, work with interruptions, concentrate for long periods of time, read, calculate, perform routine math problems, memorize and recall objects and people.

    Environmental: School environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions. Occasional travel between school sites. In an emergency context (e.g., pandemic), work may be conducted virtually fully or partially for extended periods of time or longer, and the expectation is that the individual will establish a productive, remote work environment (e.g., ability to stay connected through different technology means). It may require remote work as current public health guidelines warrant. Adhere to KIPP’s health and safety guidelines as outlined by the CDC, CDE, and public health agencies’ recommendations.


    Part-time unpaid position. Days and times will be determined by practicum placement contract. This role will follow a school-based calendar, dictated by the graduate program’s calendar and requirements. 

    About KIPP Public Schools Northern California

    We are a thriving nonprofit network of 18 free, public charter schools open to all students. At KIPP, we believe all children should grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and that schools can and should be a critical factor in making that vision a reality. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. 

    Our student community consists of over 7,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City, and Stockton. 79% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 23% are multilingual learners, and 10% have special needs. We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.



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