Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) Internships

The LADC Internship

LADC interns will work within a treatment setting alongside an LADC to provide addictions treatment services. Interns will gain experience with program services and tasks that meet requirements for the 12 Core Functions including, screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, referrals, record keeping, and consultation. Interns will assist LADCs in providing daily care for clients, and coordinate and provide clinical services within a therapeutic community.  Interns participate in internship seminars with their peers and course instructor six times throughout the semester for support in applying the theoretical and ethical principles of the profession in practice settings.


Complete 24 credits of internship over two semesters selected from the following courses:



All Addictions Certificate courses must reflect a letter grade of C or higher and cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Students will be required to pass a state and national background check in order to complete an internship.  If you have any concerns about your ability to pass a background check please meet with Amanda Longie about this prior to enrolling in the addictions certificate courses.

Social Work majors will complete a concurrent Social Work/Substance and Behavior Addictions internship.

Career Outlook

As of Dec 9, 2019, the average annual pay for the LADC jobs category in Minnesota is $53,077 a year.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $100,292 and as low as $27,780, the majority of salaries within the LADC jobs category currently range between $42,847 (25th percentile) to $61,211 (75th percentile) in Minnesota.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the LADC job market in both Minnesota and the surrounding area is very active. Minnesota ranks number 27 out of 50 states nationwide for LADC job salaries.

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