Ayurveda Internship

Ayurveda Internship/Externship-300 Hours

(NOTE- All internship is taking online during the current situation until further notice.)

Internship options include 100 client encounters* in person in Austin, or via an externship. In addition, there is a community engagement requirement, as well as some theory portion as well as well.

Client encounters must be completed by the last day of the last term. Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 client encounters.
*The student bears the cost of airfare, hotel, and travel to Austin.

Client Observations: Students to observe Practitioners conduct an interview, discuss client records, and view client sessions as an observer of 25 clients and prepare reports based on their observation. Practitioner students may also buddy up with Counselor students and observe and peer review their findings, while they are proctored by the teachers. This is done in real time in person, and/or livestreamed online. If unable to attend, recordings are available. **

Internship in Austin: The second format requires active participation where students observe clients in person during an interview, may now conduct pariksas, and, interviews under the direct observation of their teachers. Students now fill out intake forms, and, may suggest lifestyle and herb interventions under the direct supervision of a Practitioner or a teacher. The internship happens in separate weekends in Austin. If you are planning to take the NAMA Certification board exam, NAMA may require you to attend this in person. If you are unable to travel, we also allow an externship option for students outside the USA.

Externship option for international students who cannot attend internship in United States may be available. The school may contact Practitioners and help arrange externship for international students only; however, the externship schedule and timing must be coordinated directly between the Practitioner and student.

Community Engagement As part of the internship, the Practitioner students are required to complete 50 hours in community engagement as part of AP 110 with any of the listed activities. The students can teach Ayurveda to the public, do activities for their local community, use Ayurveda to support and help others. The project can take the form of educating the public about Ayurveda, teaching some foundation Ayurveda classes as a teaching assistant underclass instructors, doing free seminars, talks arranged by the school for the community, visiting schools, yoga studios, conducting Ayurveda engagement activities for the youth, running an online Ayurveda book club and/or writing articles for the school blog. Students will obtain the permission of the faculty before embarking on their projects. The final research project will include writing a FINAL REPORT on how they used Ayurveda for community engagement.

Zoom- online preparation and discussion of client encounters with peers via zoom. Theory portion like ethics is done as a live online class
* Please note these 100 client encounters are in ADDITION to Counselor requirements. NAMA requires a total of 150 client encounters for Practitioners.

**If you are planning to take the NAMA Certification board exam in/after 2020, NAMA may require you to attend this in person