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Richmont Graduate University offers a Ph.D. internship for students enrolled in a Counselor Education or Marriage and Family Therapy Ph.D. program. The program has four open positions. Students can choose to do their internship at either the Atlanta, Georgia or Chattanooga, Tennessee campus.

Internship Program Supervisor
Dr. Sonja Sutherland


The goal of Richmont’s Teaching Internship Program is to provide PhD students, as developing professionals, the opportunity to take on pedagogical roles within our institution. In so doing they are able to learn from real world experiences that are typical of Instructors and leaders in contemporary academic communities. These internships better prepare interns for professional life.

PhD Student interns are expected to teach under the direct supervision of the faculty member in charge of the class, with no more than two classes (per class) taken by the student in the absence of the supervising faculty member. Exceptions may arise due to unexpected circumstances (jury duty, illness, etc.).


The Richmont Ph.D. Internship provides opportunities to teach, research, and supervise in a graduate school program.

  • Work with a great team in a faith-based counseling integration program.
  • Excellent faculty who are scholar-practitioners that are actively involved in their fields.
  • Dynamic and diverse student body who consistently score in the top 15% on the National Counselor Exam.
  • Involvement in important issues including human trafficking awareness, trauma counseling, and Green Cross training.
  • Richmont has a large network of counseling centers in Atlanta and Chattanooga.

Classes that are available for interns to teach:

  • Social & Cultural Development
  • Lifestyles & Career Development
  • Helping Relationships
  • Ethics
  • Applied Lab
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Family Systems
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Methods of Research
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Counseling Systems

Intern’s Responsibilities

Interns would be required to do no more than an average of 10 hours work per week per class, including class preparation and attendance, grading, student conferences and teaching. They are responsible for consulting with the faculty member in the planning stages of the course in order to effectively work with the faculty member in all aspects of the course, including responding to assignments and teaching classes.


  1. PhD Students are eligible to apply for two teaching Internships per semester while enrolled full-time in their degree program. These will be filled on a first come first awarded basis. No PhD student may do more than two Teaching Internships per semester.
  2. The PhD Intern must have the signed approval from the Doctoral Program Coordinator BEFORE actually beginning the internship.
  3. An approved copy of the written approval agreement must be given to the on-site Faculty Supervisor.
  4. The Intern will receive a minimum of one (1) hour per week of formal individual supervision by the on-site faculty supervisor.

Complete the Online Application

As part of the online application process the applicant must provide:

    • A copy of their teaching philosophy
    • A complete resume or vita
    • Official Transcript
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation. One letter should be from the Director of the Ph.D. program at your School.

Once online applications are reviewed, interviews with faculty will be scheduled.

Richmont is a faith-based institution and requires all staff and students to adhere to the University’s Statement of Faith.

About Richmont Graduate University

Richmont Graduate University provides Christ-centered education and research that advances God’s work of healing, restoration, and transformation in the lives of individuals, churches, and communities.

At Richmont we provide master’s level degrees in clinical mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy and ministry, from a Christian perspective. In addition we strive to provide a strong community, real life training, and approachable educators equipped to bring life and experience into every setting. We believe Richmont is perfectly situated to enhance a culture of higher education and innovation.


June 15 for Fall Semester

October 15 for Spring Semester