School Counseling Internship Application Process

  • Thank you very much for your interest in interning at Saint Paul Public Schools. All school counseling internship placements are determined through the Office of College and Career Readiness.


    Please do not contact specific schools or school counselors in Saint Paul Public Schools directly.

    The Saint Paul Public Schools School Counseling Department works cooperatively with partnering graduate institutions to place school counseling graduate students.

    Current Partnering Graduate Institutions:

    • Minnesota State University, Mankato

    • Saint Cloud State University

    • University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

    • University of North Dakota 

    • University of Wisconsin – River Falls


    The instructor/coordinator of each graduate program will provide pertinent information to students as they begin the internship planning process.

    Graduate students interested in interning in the Saint Paul Public Schools must submit the required documents and participate in an interview with the Lead Counselors.

    Interview Dates:

    Fall (for Spring 2024 Internship only)

    • Resumes and cover letters are due September 29, 2023 by noon. 

    • Interviews will be held in the afternoon on October 5, 2023.


    Spring (for Fall 2023, Spring 2024 and 2023-24 Yearlong Internships only)

    • Resumes and cover letters are due by noon on Friday, February 2, 2024.

    • Interviews will be held in the afternoon on February 6, 2024 and February 8, 2024. 


    Graduate students will be contacted if they are selected for an interview. Interviews will be held online through the Microsoft Teams app.

    To be considered for a school counseling internship experience in Saint Paul Public Schools, qualified graduate students must submit the following to Vanessa Boss by email:

    • Letter of intent, which includes the following:

      • University name and program supervisor contact information

      • Internship dates requesting

      • Total internship hours requesting and hours preferred at each school level (elementary, middle, high school)

    • Current resume – please include email and phone contact information


    Submit all paperwork via email to Vanessa Boss at

    Not all applicants are guaranteed placement. Intern placements are matched and determined based upon availability of school sites and counselor supervisors. Candidates who are interested in future career opportunities in the diverse urban Saint Paul Public Schools will be preferred. An internship in SPPS does not guarantee job placement. Placements are subject to change in the event of school counselor staffing changes.

School Counseling Practicum

  • Saint Paul Public School counselors do not take practicum students. Observation hours can be arranged directly with the building school counselor.