Denver Family Institute

MFT Program Internships

MFT Training Program Internship Scholarship

Clinical work is the heart and soul of DFI’s MFT Training Program and internship placement. An internship at DFI includes classes, seeing clients, and individual and group supervision. In order to be eligible to apply as an intern at DFI, applicants must be currently enrolled in a master’s-level academic program. As an intern, you will also be enrolled in DFI’s Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program. This means that you intern in your last year of graduate school and commit to finishing the entire two year program. 

Interning at DFI is a commitment to the 2-year MFT Training Program at DFI.

DFI does not charge interns for supervision received during the internship placement year at DFI. In addition to free supervision, interns receive a discount on the costs of coursework in the form of an Internship Scholarship.

Feedback from Our Interns

Feedback on the DFI internship experience continues to be overwhelmingly positive. Some of the benefits shared with us by students of internship placement includes:

  • Personalized attention to intern’s specific needs.
  • Quality, intensive supervision.
  • Live case supervision.
  • Diversity of the clients and the clients’ presenting problems.
  • Observation of session videotapes in supervision.
  • The opportunity to work with trainees at DFI that are post-graduate or from other universities.
  • Experiential, engaging coursework.
  • High level of experience of the faculty members.
  • The emphasis on clinical work in the training.
  • The commitment to systems, relational therapy and strength-based work at DFI.
  • Experience working with families, couples and individuals.
  • Being an integral part of the operations and administering of the program.

Partnering with Local Universities

DFI offers graduate-level internships for students from a variety of universities, including, but not limited to:

  • Colorado Christian University
  • Colorado State University
  • Capella University
  • Denver Seminary
  • Metro State University
  • Naropa University
  • University of Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Colorado at Denver

What We're Looking For in a DFI Intern

We welcome your inquiry regarding internships. Please note that DFI offers a limited number of internships each year and the process is competitive. Placement at DFI for internships entails students staying on at DFI post-Master’s degree to complete the second year courses, additional supervision and 500 clinical hours (250 of which may be completed outside of our DFI clinics, 250 within the clinics). 

We are seeking students who possess these qualities or who want to develop such skills:

  • Commitment to excellence and a desire to be the best therapist you can.
  • Personal and professional integrity.
  • Respect for diverse clients, faculty and other students.
  • Passion for the field of couples and family therapy.
  • Willingness to engage fully in all aspects of the program as an active adult learner.
  • Supportive of the growth and training of fellow trainees.
  • Ability to also have fun while learning.
  • Ability to foster an engaging, dynamic and diverse learning community and culture at DFI.