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CMHC Counseling Graduate Intern (Vision and Call)

Vision & Call Internship Program:

The Vision & Call Internship Program is designed for recent college graduates enrolled in a Bushnell graduate program who are interested in and/or exploring a call to work in Christian higher education. This internship is a part-time, 10-month (August 1, 2024-May 31, 2025), grant-funded position.

 As part of this program, you can expect to:

  • Participate in meaningful, hands-on projects within the department that contribute to the mission of Bushnell University.
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and abilities in the field of Christian higher education.
  • Receive an $850 per month stipend and a $5000 graduate tuition benefit at Bushnell University.
  • Be supervised and mentored by an experienced leader who has over 10 years of experience in higher education.
  • Engage with senior administration, including members of the President’s Cabinet.
  • Be part of a cohort of interns and meet together on a weekly basis.
  • Receive individualized career coaching and mentorship in the exploration and clarification of your own vocation and calling.
  • Produce a professional development plan and portfolio to launch your career in higher education.
  • Attend a retreat with other Vision & Call Interns from around the nation (October 4-6, 2024). Attendance at the retreat is a mandatory component of participating this internship program.

Position Summary:

The CMHC Graduate Intern position reports to the Dean of the School of Psychology and Counseling. Strong organizational skills, the ability to handle multiple tasks, excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to handle persons with compassion and confidentiality, possession of strong technical writing skills (i.e., competent APA skills) and adept computer/Microsoft/EHR skills are essential to this position. Familiarity and adherence to FERPA, ADA, Oregon Administrative Rules, ACA Code of Ethics, CACREP and HIPAA guidelines is required.  The position also requires effective interpersonal skills with the ability to work individually and as part of a team.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform office duties as assigned, i.e., cover front desk, answer phones, schedule intakes, support other clinicians in the Bushnell Counseling Center, assist in the professional operation of the Counseling Center, including reviewing and updating documentation related to Counseling Center Policies. Meet with the Counseling Center Director 2x a month or as needed to complete duties of position 
  • Assist Counseling Center Director in designing waiting room and counseling offices from a trauma informed and DEI framework 
  • Assist CMHC faculty member in the CMHC 520 Helping Relationship Course 
  • Attend and support CMHC interviews, internship fair and orientation 
  • Attend CMHC Advisory board meetings 
  • Attend CMHC Faculty and Staff meetings and retreats 
  • Develops agenda and attends first year seminar for undergraduate students 
  • Develops onboarding Counseling Center Videos and FAQ document for incoming Practicum and Internship students 
  • Develop, distribute, present student survey 
  • Manage social media platform 
  • Serve as CMHC student representative and CSI Student Chair/President 
  • Attend one Counseling Professional Conference 
  • Perform other related administrative duties as assigned by the School of Counseling Director and/or Counseling Center Director 

Experience and Qualification Requirements:

Recent college graduate or 1st year graduate student. Strong preference given to those enrolled in a Bushnell University graduate program.

  • Good standing with Bushnell University (e.g., academic, student conduct, financial)
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Effective communicator, both written and verbal, in interpersonal and public speaking settings
  • Positive and enthusiastic, builds rapport with a wide range of constituents
  • Collaborative team player with ability to work independently
  • Creative, resourceful, and flexible
  • Quick learner; committed to efficiency and accuracy
  • Self-motivated, dependable and reliable
  • Demonstrates a high level of professionalism
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook
  • Familiarity with digital technology, databases, etc.

Working Conditions/Special Requirements:

  • Bushnell employees must have a maturing Christian faith and live in compliance with the duties and expectations as detailed in the Employee Handbook.
  • Application materials will include a personal statement that addresses:
  1. how a maturing Christian faith finds expression in the candidate’s personal life, family life, community life, and current church membership;
  2. how the candidate integrates faith into his/her work life; and
  3. the candidate’s understanding of and ability to support Bushnell’s Theological Context for Community statement.
  • The applicant’s list of references should include the applicant’s pastor or another appropriate church leader who is able to address the applicant’s faith background.
  • The position requires a strong commitment to multiculturalism and diversity.
  • The position requires working in a non-smoking, drug free environment.
  • The employee must adhere to FERPA guidelines and student confidentiality at all times.
  • All employees of Bushnell are “mandatory reporters” under Oregon law. See for specific information.
  • The employee must have knowledge of strong office management techniques; operations, procedures, specific rules and precedents of the office; research methods and report writing techniques; record-keeping techniques; operation of office machines including computer equipment and specified software; principles of training and providing work direction.
  • The position requires a strong ability to communicate effectively and succinctly, both verbally and in writing, utilizing tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Listening skills and the ability to speak and write clearly are essential to this position. Must possess exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • The employee must have high personal motivation, with great attention to detail and accuracy.
  • This person must project a positive, vibrant and professional attitude in assisting people.
  • This person must have high ethics of honesty and confidentiality, with a genuine and gracious presence pertaining to the students, faculty, staff and business of the department and the University.
  • This position may require lifting up to 25 lbs., as well as bending, stooping, kneeling.
  • This position may require evening and weekend hours on special occasions.
  • This position description is subject to change at any time.

NOTE: Final candidate will be required to undergo a criminal background investigation.

Application Instructions:

Vision & Call Interns are expected to abide by the Theological Context for Bushnell Community Life of Bushnell University. Please read this document before continuing.

Required Application Materials

To be considered for this position, please submit the following materials:

  • Bushnell Employment Application
  • Cover letter addressing skills, experience, and knowledge, and interest in or call to work in Christian higher education
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement of Faith that addresses:
  • how a maturing Christian faith finds expression in the candidate’s personal life, family life, community life, and current church membership;
  • how the candidate integrates faith into his or her work life;
  • the candidate’s understanding of and ability to support Bushnell University’s Theological Context for Community Life statement.
  • Contact information for three references, preferably including the applicant’s pastor or other appropriate church leader who is able to address the applicant’s faith background.


Please note: Incomplete application packets may result in disqualification. Final candidate will be required to undergo a criminal background investigation.

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