The DARC Internship is an intensive learning experience designed to blend theory with clinical practice. During the internship, students spend one semester in a treatment facility under the supervision of a clinical site supervisor and attend a seminar class once a week under the academic supervision of a program instructor/supervisor.
Internships may begin in both the fall and spring semesters. Students are required to spend a minimum of 15 hours per week, or 225 hours each semester, at an approved treatment facility and also attend the seminar/class at MCC once a week. The seminar class is an opportunity for interns to share their experiences with other interns as to how classroom learning has been integrated into a clinical setting. The seminar also provides a safe environment for students to reflect on their own progress and growth as an addiction professional.
Internship Admission Requirements and Process
- Meet with/contact the DARC Program Coordinator to review your degree plan and ensure you are ready to apply for the internship.
- Apply for the internship by completing all the required paperwork:
- Evaluations from two DARC faculty
- A copy of your current resume
- Submit all required paperwork to the DARC Program Coordinator by the semester deadlines; April 1 for a fall internship and October 1 for a spring internship.
- Interview for a seat in the DARC Internship for the following semester.
Admission into a DARC Internship is a highly selective process based on the submission of an official application, meeting specific selection criteria, successful completion of the five DARC required courses (DAR* 101, 111, 112, 158 and 213) and HSE* 281 with a grade of C or better in each. Students should also be near completion of all of their general education courses for the degree. Approval for an internship is at the discretion of the program coordinator.
Please note that if in recovery, students must be currently free from any substance abuse involvement and have been free of same one full year prior to submitting the application. Furthermore, a relapse or evidence of the development of any substance abuse condition during the course of the program may result in the student’s removal from the program until recovery is maintained for one year.