Practicum & Internship Opportunities

Participating Schools

PALS THRIVE is involved in providing individual and group counseling services, outreach, prevention, and educational services within the schools. Currently, PALS THRIVE is involved in the following schools:

  • Gainesville High School
  • Buchholz High School
  • Eastside High School
  • Professional Academies Magnet at Loften High School
  • Saint Francis Catholic Academy
  • Fort Clarke Middle School
  • Kanapaha Middle School
  • A. Quinn Jones Exceptional Student Center

Inpatient Units

As an intern, you will also have the opportunity to advance your counseling skills within the Psychiatric Inpatient Units at UF Health Psychiatric Hospital. Interns will usually begin their internship in one of the schools and may advance in subsequent semesters to work within the units. Interns will have the opportunity to work with children, adults, and families.


Each intern will receive one hour of individual supervision and one hour of group supervision. Group Supervision is mandatory and is held on Wednesdays from 9am-10am. When you are placed at your site (school or unit) you will also receive a PALS site host, not to be confused with your individual supervisor, which is your main supervisor. The purpose of the PALS site host is to provide assistance when your individual supervisor is unavailable (usually a school counselor at the schools or the psychiatrist on the unit). You will have access to assistance no matter where you are. Also, your individual supervisor is on-call during the work day and can be reached by text or phone call.

Who can apply?

A Masters level or higher student in the Counseling or Social Work field. A one semester commitment is required. We have had students from various schools including the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, Florida State University, Saint Leo University, University of Cincinnati and others. 

If you are interested in interviewing for a practicum or internship opportunity please e-mail your resume along with the following information to Yanel Casanova, LMHC at