Health Careers Opportunity Program

Summer Enrichment Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Are you interested in graduate school in clinical mental health counseling?

The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) at Marquette University provides rising college juniors and seniors with the opportunity to learn about the clinical mental health counseling field and determine if a career as a clinical mental health counselor might be right for them. Also, it provides an opportunity for clinical mental health students who have been accepted into but not yet matriculated into our program an opportunity to learn skills to prepare them for graduate study in our program and gain an overview of the counseling profession. Please review the application criteria and apply today!

Why become a counselor?

  • Counselors empower diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals (CACREP, 2010).
  • Employment of mental health counselors is projected to grow 20% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than average for all occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).
  • Counselors are leaders and change agents who work in a variety of settings:  non-profit agencies, colleges, private practice, the VA, corrections, and many more!

Why Marquette?

  • The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Marquette provides unparalleled training, designed to prepare students to be culturally competent practitioners, leaders, and social justice advocates.  Full time students complete their degrees in just under two years.

Where do counselors work?

  • Hospitals, Community Mental Health Agencies, Private Practice, Colleges, VA Medical System, Department of Corrections

What does the Health Careers Opportunity Program’s (HCOP) College Summer Enrichment Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling provide?

Undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to:

    • Explore their interests and learn about the mental health field
    • Gain hands-on counseling skills training
    • Find out what it is like to be a practicing counselor
    • Receive mentorship from faculty
    • Connect with current graduate students

What do students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling HCOP Program learn about?

  • Basic counseling skills
  • Psychological assessment
  • Career counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Counseling with cultural humility
  • Settings where counselors are working today

Program Dates

Our early acceptance date is February 1 of the current school year. We will continue to accept applications until the program is full.

The six-week summer program begins Thursday, June 14 and ends Friday, July 27.


The summer curriculum is free, and students receive a stipend to help offset lost summer wages and cover room and board. Travel reimbursement for one round trip to Milwaukee may be granted for economic hardship cases.


To be eligible for the program, you must:

Application Process

Contact Us

Health Careers Opportunity Program
Marquette University
Schroeder Health Complex, Room 248
PO Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

Phone: 414.288.5505
Fax: 414.288.5987

Dr. Jennifer Cook
Phone: 414.288.1430

“Counselors have the skill, compassion, and grit to stand up and make a difference.”