if you want to counsel at an abortion clinic, i suggest that you call all the clinics that are near you and see if they allow students to do a supervised practicum there. as you know, in order for you to be able to do a practicum, your college or university usually requires that there be a qualified supervisor on staff, someone with at least a master's degree. not all clinics will fulfill that requirement. we have supervisors on staff for social work, counseling, and psychology majors.
in our clinic, you would need a masters or equivalent to work as a counselor. the work is extremely rewarding but also very challenging in some cases. while most of the women who choose abortion are ok with their decision, some have real problems. for example, women whose families are pressuring them into the abortion are usually not going to do well afterwards. that is why we want our counselors to be skilled and experienced so that they do not make errors in judgment. at our clinic, we would strongly discourage women who are not resolved from having an abortion on that day, and would send them home with a decision making workbook (www.pregnancyoptions.info). in addition, women who do not have a good support system may not do well since love and support are a great help in getting all of us through the difficult times of our lives. also, women with a history of mental health problems, depression, etc might find abortion hard too. and even many women who are ok with the decision still experience feelings of loss or have spiritual concerns, which is normal.
since most women are not in the above categories in that they make their own decision, usually with a partner, most will do well. the statistic of 43% of american women having an abortion in their reproductive lifetime makes abortion the most likely surgical (including now non-surgical with the abortion pill) procedure that a woman is likely to have during her whole life. so it's actually quite a common experience for women.
but to get back to you and your question: as a student you would not be permitted to counsel on your own until you had many, many supervised hours, and then only in occasional uncomplicated cases. we view abortion as a life and death issue and give it all the consideration it deserves. i do urge you, if you are interested in becoming a counselor, to pursue your goals. working with and for women, helping them to achieve their dreams, to attain a better quality of life for themselves and their families, gives our lives meaning as well. not many people are lucky enough to see the fruits of their labors on a daily basis. we receive letters every day thanking us for being there, for the consideration we showed them and their support persons. i feel honored and blessed to have found this work and i hope you can find your way into it too.