Cover letter for mental health counseling internship(4 samples)

This article will show samples of “cover letters for mental health counseling internships.”

Samples of cover letters for a mental health counseling internship

When writing a cover letter as a mental health counseling intern here are some of the things to include in the letter:

  • Mention your fresh knowledge. Use your recent learning experiences to your advantage; an employer might be more willing to hire you if they know you can help their business acclimate to new technologies or practices.
  • Express your energy and enthusiasm. It shows the potential motivation you will bring to a job as a fresh college graduate.
  • Check your grammar and proofread your letter. It is a way of showing employers your ability to write comprehensive, error-free messages.
  • The first step is addressing the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the name of the recipient, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position.
  • Since you are a recent graduate, it would help to emphasize your college coursework, internships, and other experiences that show your employability.
  • Ensure your qualifications are similar to the job position. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for mental health counseling internship”

“Zoe Burtland

(000) 951-348

January 29, 2021

Mr. Earl Dustin

Human Resources Manager

Best Self Facility

9712 Poster Road

San Francisco, CA97458

Dear Mr. Dustin:

I am very interested in the mental health counselor intern position that has recently opened up at Best Self Facility. After a 4 years’ mental health degree from California State University, and a recent externship in this regard, I am positive that I have the right skills set to be able to work at this position effectively.

At this point in time, I would like to bring your attention to my skills and qualification in a mental health counseling capacity.

  • Assessing patients/clients through detailed and meaningful conversations and interviews
  • Diagnosing mental and emotional health disorders, and create effective treatment plans
  • Providing patients with proper coping mechanisms to help them through difficult situations
  • Recording patients’ progress, and change or modify treatment plans as required

Since my introduction to the world of mental healthcare, it has been my goal to consistently help and contribute to the success of treatment plans. Possessing a well-rounded background in mental health, and refined talents in conducting triage assessments, I am positive that I am the right person to hire at this position.

I am thrilled at the prospect of bringing my talents to Best Self Facility. I will contact you soon so that we can set a meeting time at your earliest convenience. You may reach me at (000) 951-348 if required.


Zoe Burtland”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for mental health counseling internship”

“Smith Counseling, Inc.

Paramus, NJ, United States


Application for the position of Summer Psychology Intern

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am excited to submit my resume and cover letter for the Summer mental health counselor Intern job within Smith Counseling, Inc. in Paramus, NJ. With developed field knowledge and multiple important skills and qualities, I am confident I would be an excellent fit for the role. What’s more, I believe it would be a great opportunity for me to further improve my expertise and grow both professionally and personally.

To shortly introduce myself, my name is Dominika Zobor and I am a third-year Psychology student at the University of Bergen in Norway. At the university, I am not only among the top 10% of students with the best academic results (3.98 GPA) but I am also involved in multiple extracurricular activities, for example, Dance Club, Psychology Society, and Volleyball Club. Moreover, I served as a Project Manager at the Psychology Society for one year. This tremendous experience has helped me to become a good team player and allowed me to develop exceptional leadership and organizational skills as I was responsible for the planning and coordination of multiple society events.

Next, I worked as a mental health counselor Intern for three months at Arista Counseling & Psychotherapy, Inc. last summer. Besides completing professional psychological assessments, educating clients on various mental disorders, and monitoring and evaluating clients’ progress, I also proactively participated in the development of new treatment plans and maintained confidential documents and records. During my time there, I had a great chance to not only collaborate with field professionals from around the world but I also acquired crucial critical thinking and analytical abilities. I am a patient-oriented individual offering a deep passion for Psychology, exceptional observation skills, and a strong determination to perform great work. It would be a pleasure for me to join your team and I would welcome the opportunity to provide further insight into my qualifications.

Thank you for your consideration.

King regards,

Dominika Zobor”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for mental health counseling internship”

“Dear Ms. Cuevas:

When I learned of your need for a dedicated and empathic MFT Intern, I hastened to submit my resume for your review. As a student in the psychology program at the University of Denver with a focus on pursuing a career in marriage and family counseling, I am confident in my ability to significantly benefit your clinical team in this capacity.

With my practicum experience with JWT Counseling & Mental Health, I supported individuals and families working through various personal challenges and difficulties. Under the tutelage and supervision of Julia Carson, LCSW, I succeeded in assisting with the provision of comprehensive therapy services to patients, including identifying their goals and needs, uncovering techniques and ideas to encourage communication and reflection, and maintaining detailed and confidential patient records. My ability to connect with individuals and establish trusting relationships, along with my strong communication and assessment capabilities, position me to thrive in this challenging internship role and acquire valuable practicum experience.

Consider the following highlights of my qualifications and skills:

Amassing a breadth of education in the field of psychology and mental health, including specialized coursework in bereavement, marital strife, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other trauma.

Aiding in the treatment of adults, couples, and families in both individual and group environments; co-facilitating support groups to encourage communication and healing.

Pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Marriage and Family Counseling; poised to achieve a degree from the University of Denver in 2018.

Utilizing superior organizational and interpersonal abilities to provide optimal solutions and support in difficult and highly stressful situations.

With my strong education in psychological counseling and treatment, complemented by my previous practicum experience and my dedication to forging solid patient relationships, I could swiftly surpass your expectations for this role. The opportunity to discuss this opportunity in further detail would be most welcome.

Thank you for your consideration.


Kristy M. Goodman”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for mental health counseling internship”

“Mr. Matthew Johnson

Hiring Manager

WFT Society

(123) 456-7890

Dear Mr. Johnson:

During a 30-day internship last fall, I was praised on all three formal reviews for my dedication to connecting recovering alcoholics to relevant social services. I hope to bring that same dedication to WFT Society as a Substance Abuse Counselor trainee.

I’m intrigued by your group’s mission to reduce alcoholism in lower-income families, as that was the focus of my recent internships at two nonprofits. Through these experiences I gained a passion for helping people take steps (however small) to recover from alcohol dependency through influential new mindsets and patterns of behavior.

My work highlights and qualifications also include the following:

  • Compiled a new, expanded list of job placement agencies and support groups, offering individuals a better sense of local resources based on their specific life situation
  • Recently graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology
  • Nearly 2 months’ combined internship experience helping efforts to guide people out of alcohol addiction and dependency, with focus on active listening and group facilitation

I look forward to potentially telling you more about how I can help your organization, and am available to talk at your convenience.


Raymond Ortiz”

Frequently Asked Questions: Samples of cover letters for a mental health counseling internship

What must be in a counselor’s cover letter?

The cover letter should have your contact details, and information about qualifications, experience, technical skills, and creative ability.

How long should a counselor’s cover letter be?

The cover letter should be one page.

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