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APA Accredited Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology (2019-2020)

Program Code: 154711

Aims and Competencies

The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a full-time twelve-month doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology designed to provide high-quality training in the multiple functions carried out within a major university counseling center. Training facilitates the development of competencies in the following areas: research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, communication and interpersonal skills, assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills. Intensively supervised experiences are offered in individual and group counseling/psychotherapy, crisis intervention, assessment and diagnosis, consultation/outreach, research, supervision, and other activities appropriate to the setting. Professional development is fostered within the context of a service-delivery system, which has a long-standing tradition of dedication to excellence in training. 

Accreditation Information

The doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1983. We had our most recent site visit in the summer of 2013 and we received accreditation for 7 years. Questions pertaining to our program's accreditation status should be directed to:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First St., NE
Washington, D.C., 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data
Date Program Tables are updated: 8/15/2018
                                               Internship Program Admissions

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program.  This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

Penn State CAPS considers applicants from APA or CPA accredited doctoral programs in counseling or clinical psychology.  Applicants must have completed all doctoral coursework prior to internship and be in good standing with their department.  Applicants must have successfully completed their comprehensive exams by the ranking deadline and be certified as ready for internship by their programs.  Please read the policy "Former Clients as Trainees" prior to applying for internship positions.


Several sources are used to assess candidates for internship including: the APPI, letters of recommendation and statement of professional goals. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in counseling center work and be prepared to help clients with a range of clinical issues.  The staff at Penn State CAPS welcomes all students and embraces a philosophy respectful of diversity.  We are supportive of client’s gender, race, sexual orientation, cultural and religious backgrounds and abilities.  We are committed to helping all students deal with discrimination and identity issues.  In order to carry out this part of our mission, trainees and trainers are expected to demonstrate a genuine desire to examine their own attitudes, assumptions, behaviors and values and learn to work effectively with cultural, individual, and role differences. 


Penn State CAPS typically interviews approximately 36 applicants for four positions. Applicants have the option of coming for a 1/2 day in-person interview or doing an online interview via Zoom.


Prior to beginning employment applicants must successfully complete a Background Check in accordance with Penn State Policies.

Does the program require that applicants have received minimum number of hours of the following at the time of application?  If yes, indicate how many:

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours Yes Amount: 400 Hours
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours No Amount: N/A
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

Penn State CAPS requires at least 600 hours of pre-internship practicum experience (including at least a minimum of 400 direct contact intervention hours and 200 hours of indirect practicum.)  Additionally, given that assessment is a mandatory portion of internship training, we require that all applicants have graduate level coursework in both Cognitive and Personality Assessment. We also require that intern applicants have experience administering/scoring/writing up Cognitive, Achievement, and Personality measures. Multiple integrated reports including the previously mentioned measures are preferred.


                                          Financial and Other Benefit Support

                                   for the Upcoming Training Year (2019-2020)

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns



Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns



Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?



If access to medical insurance provided:
Trainee contribution to cost required?



Coverage of family member(s) available?



Coverage of legal married partner available?



Coverage of domestic partner available?



Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)


208 Hours

Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave


96 Hours

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to intern/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?



Other Benefits (please described): University Holidays (13 Days) and Retirement Benefits included

                                             Initial Post-Internship Positions

                  (Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)




Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts



Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree




Community mental health center

0 0

Federally qualified health center

0 0
Independent primary care facility/clinic 0 0

University counseling center

9 1

Veterans Affairs medical center

0 0

Military health center

0 0

Academic health center

0 0

Other medical center or hospital

0 0

Psychiatric hospital

0 0

Academic university/department

0 2

Community college or other teaching setting

0 0

Independent research institution

0 0

Correctional facility

0 0

School district/system

0 0
Independent practice setting 0 1

Not currently employed

0 0

Changed to another field

0 0
Other 0 0


0 0

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time.  For former trainees working in more than one setting, select that setting that represents their primary position.

To request this information in another format, please contact CAPS at 814-863-0395 or

Former Clients as Trainees

Trainee Policy Regarding Dual Relationships

Occasionally, students interested in clinical training opportunities at CAPS may have a potential dual relationship with a current member of the CAPS staff. Examples of this may include but not be limited to a family member, a past or present romantic partner, a past or present business associate, or a past or present clinical treatment provider. Since all senior staff are involved in various roles in the training programs, CAPS has established the following policies to prevent dual relationships in its training programs. It is expected that interested applicants will evaluate the potential for a dual relationship in considering a training position at CAPS. Below we have provided guidelines to minimize the likelihood of creating dual relationships.


  1. Since CAPS is a potential training site for graduate students from various mental health training programs at Penn State and other institutions, any potential applicants for CAPS training programs seeking clinical services at CAPS will be made explicitly aware of the impact that a dual relationship would have on future training opportunities at CAPS. Case management services will be offered to help these students connect with alternative treatment in their best interest.
  2. For the reasons cited above, CAPS staff clinicians in private practice are strongly discouraged from providing treatment to potential CAPS trainees. The same policy will apply for potential applicants in regards to business, romantic or family relationships with CAPS senior staff members.
  3.  As a part of the informed consent for services, all potential clients will be informed that seeking services at CAPS may impact their ability to seek future training opportunities at CAPS for the reasons cited above.


a.)        In order the minimize the potential for dual relationships, students who received counseling services at CAPS and who subsequently seek training at CAPS as a clinician will not be considered for a training position (e.g., Extern or Intern or Post Doc) until a period of 3 years has elapsed since their last clinical contact. This does not include a brief screening appointment that resulted in no further treatment. This parallels ethical guidelines of two years following termination of services prior to any possible romantic relationships. We have chosen three years to take a more conservative approach in the hopes that there would be adequate staff turnover and a reasonable interval between the time someone was a client here and known to clinical staff and administrative staff in that context.     

b.)        Students who received counseling services at CAPS more than 3 years ago and who are interested in a training opportunity will submit their materials for the desired position and will be reviewed without consideration of prior clinical treatment. If a former client is accepted as a trainee at CAPS, and they choose to make it known that they are a former client, their electronic mental health record will be locked so it cannot be accessed by anyone but the administrators and system administrators of the electronic medical records.  As is consistent with our Confidentiality Policy, clinical staff should only access electronic records when there is a clinical need.


Family members of current CAPS staff will not be eligible for training positions at the Center.


It is expected that applicants currently in a non-university business relationship with a CAPS staff member will not apply for training positions at CAPS or will terminate their business relationship prior to engaging in training at CAPS. 


Due to inevitable likelihood that current or past romantic relationships can complicate a training situation, current or past romantic partners of current CAPS staff should not apply for training positions at the Center. 

Reviewed by: Shannan Smith-Janik, Assistant Director, Training, Date: July 25, 2018

Signature: Ben Locke, Senior Director, Date: August 3, 2018

Philosophy and Goals

By tradition and emphasis, we are an agency in which excellence in training is held in high regard. We are committed to the promotion of professional excellence and personal maturity in an atmosphere of humanistic concern and respect.

Our doctoral internship program facilitates training in the following competency areas: research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, communication and interpersonal skills, assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills. To foster development of these competencies during the training year, interns gain experience in a variety of clinical domains, including individual and group psychotherapy, initial screening, urgent evaluation and follow-up, drug and alcohol counseling, assessment, multicultural counseling, supervision of trainees, and program evaluation and collaboration with other disciplines. Interns are developing into "generalists"- highly competent and versatile professional in Health Service Psychology, who keep abreast of changes in the field and who use this information to inform their clinical practice.

During the training year, we also hope to provide interns with some opportunity to develop areas of concentration that fit within the scope of our agency. Interns are able to develop competence in a select number of areas listed, including couples therapy, advanced assessment, career counseling, research in applied settings, consultation, and certain areas of clinical competence (e.g., eating disorders, stress management, sexual assault, etc.). Interns are also welcome to develop areas of concentration not on this list.

Our Program is the development of professionalism. As a part of the development of professionalism interns are learning a process of self-evaluation of their work and its effectiveness, through supervision, didactic seminars, case conferences, and collaborative work with other professionals.

Interns actively participate in all relevant agency services, which provide opportunities not only for carrying out major professional functions but also for close contact with our staff. As staff members, we view interns as valued colleagues-in-training. As such, interns are treated with a high degree of professional as well as personal respect.

Our Training Program

To facilitate development of the competency areas, we offer a relatively structured program with several mandatory components. In addition, interns are given the opportunity to select areas of concentration as described below, which are described below.The mandatory components generally fall within the areas of Primary Emphases.

The optional components, which are the areas of concentration, are listed as Secondary Emphases. Following basic training and exposure in all these areas, interns are asked to choose one concentration option in the spring semester from among the following: Advanced Assessment, Couples Therapy, Research, or Outreach/Consultation. There is also an optional external rotation during the summer term at Career Services on campus. 

As part of our training program, we value a focus on self-examination. Many of our supervisory opportunities (beyond the two hours of individual therapy supervision per week and group therapy supervision) take place in a group format. Interns are invited and are expected to share personal reactions and to engage in a process of self-examination in a group context as well as in individual supervision. This also involves providing interpersonal feedback to one another.

Note: Our internship training program does not provide any form of distance, online, or electronically mediated education.

Training Program Overview

Primary Emphases (Mandatory)

  • Clinical/counseling interventions
    • Screenings
    • Individual counseling/psychotherapy
    • Group counseling/psychotherapy
    • Urgent evaluation, follow-up, and mental health consultation
    • Multicultural competence (including spirituality)
    • Collaboration with psychiatric services
    • Drug and alcohol 
    • Assessment
    • Supervision
    • Program evaluation/research
    • Outreach/consultation

Secondary Emphases (Choose One Concentration in Spring Semester)

  • Advanced assessment 
  • Couples Therapy
  • Research
  • Consultation/outreach

Optional External Rotation (Summer Term)

  • Career development rotation

Other Training Opportunities

  • Development of a professional context 
    • Orientation
    • Professional Development Seminar
    • Intern Support 
    • Staff meeting
    • Staff development
    • Apprenticeships
    • Areas of clinical concentration: working with athletes, eating disorders, sexual assault, relationship violence, other areas of clinical expertise

The Assistant Director, Training, is in charge of  overall program development and implementation to ensure training in the aforementioned competency areas. Additionally, the Assistant Director, Training facilitates the coordination and general supervision of intern activities within the Program Emphases. The Assistant Director maintains a close and active working relationship with interns on a regular basis. Within each Program Emphasis, the Coordinator of the corresponding agency function (e.g., Groups, Assessment, Outreach/Consultation, etc.) is responsible for assessment of intern skills, for general program implementation, and for individualized planning of intern activities. Supervisors are responsible for monitoring, supervising, and collaborating with the Intern in each of his or her specific activities (e.g., individual counseling/psychotherapy, crisis intervention, consultation activities). The Assistant Director, Training, program coordinators, and supervisors meet periodically to discuss intern progress. In addition, the Center has a Training Committee that meets at least monthly for an hour to discuss training issues more broadly. The Training Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the Assistant Director, Training with respect to the internship program. All staff serving in a supervisory capacity for interns are appropriately trained and licensed. Supervision is provided in-person, with direct observation of clinical work done electronically (i.e. digital recording of counseling/therapy sessions).

Interns are assisted in developing at least a minimal level of proficiency in each competency area, as well as in each of their areas of emphasis. To successfully complete the Program, interns must be able to perform relevant skills in each area without supervision by the end of the internship year (which translates to an overall minimum rating of 3 on each of their performance evaluations in required areas by the end of the training year). 

Download our Policies and Procedures Manual for information related to the Internship Program. Information includes, but is not limited to, intern recruitment, orientation, structure of the training program, the evaluation system for interns, grievance policies and procedures, etc.

Detailed Description of Program

Primary Emphases

Clinical/Counseling Interventions


Interviewing skills, accurate diagnosis, appropriate referrals for psychodiagnostic testing, and arranging suitable disposition are all considered by our agency to be necessary skills for initial screenings. These skills are developed in Individual Psychotherapy Supervision as well as through training seminars taught during the orientation period. The 3 screenings interns complete each week are supervised throughout the year in Individual Supervision.

Individual Counseling/Psychotherapy

Individual counseling and psychotherapy are considered a core part of intern training. Interns carry a diverse caseload of 8-13 clients per week for which they receive intensive individual supervision (two hours per week minimum). While most clients will be seen within our time-limited (6-9 session) model, at least one of these clients will be seen on a long-term basis. Long-term clients may include athletes being seen for drug and alcohol problems, eating disorders, or other psychological difficulties; as well as occasional extended counseling for clients where clinical need and financial need warrant such continued services, including those who have been sexually assaulted. Supervision may occur with a different supervisor each semester and in the summer to provide a variety of therapeutic perspectives. However, at times, interns may continue with the same supervisor. Interns have an opportunity to rank order their preferences for supervisors, and assignments are made by the Assistant Director, Training, who takes these preferences into account whenever possible. Throughout the fall and spring semesters, all interns participate in a weekly Psychotherapy Seminar.

Group Counseling/Psychotherapy

Interns are active participants in our agency's extensive group program. Penn State CAPS has one of the largest group therapy programs in the country. A fall and spring semester seminar on group process and principles provides training and supervision in effective group facilitation. Each intern will typically co-lead two groups with a senior staff co-leader in both the fall and spring semesters. One of the two groups will be an interpersonal process group. Group assignments will be made by the Group Coordinator in consultation with the Assistant Director, Training. Interns have an opportunity to rank order their preferences for groups. Co-leadership of groups forms a substantial component of the training experience. Each intern will receive supervision from their senior staff co-leader for each group being conducted. Please see our current group therapy list. Each semester we typically offer 20-25 groups.

Crisis Intervention, Urgent Evaluation, and Mental Health Consultation

Interns are an important part of the urgent evaluation system at CAPS, devoting two hours a week to offering urgent evaluation and consultation. They attend a nine-week Crisis Intervention Seminar that looks at crisis theory and specific crisis issues, such as suicidality and hospitalization, loss, violence, victimization, drug/alcohol abuse, psychosis, offering mental health consultation and considering cultural contexts. After the seminar ends, supervision for the interns as a group is provided for one hour per week by the Crisis Coordinator. Cases are discussed and the group selects relevant topics to explore more deeply. CAPS urgent evaluation system operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. There is not a 24-hour on-call system.

Awareness of Differences/Multicultural Competence

While most of the Internship Program Emphases represent relatively discrete areas of service delivery, the Emphasis in Awareness of Differences (Multicultural Competence) cuts across programmatic boundaries. Sensitivity to human differences is a fundamental tenet of our training program and center initiatives.

Multicultural Seminar/Case Conference: Specific attention is paid to fostering interns’ awareness of individual and cultural differences and case conference in the fall and spring spirituality. Interns will review current theoretical models on multicultural counseling, identity development models (racial/bicultural, LGBT, White identity, etc.), and explore implications for counseling. Attention will be given to self-awareness and one’s “worldview,” as it relates to clinical work.

Interns are expected to include two or three clients from diverse groups on their caseloads each semester. As part of this seminar, they will be required to give a cross-cultural case presentation to the entire staff. In addition, interns are expected to participate in consultation projects or outreach workshops with multicultural groups on campus. Ongoing supervision is provided for all the above-mentioned activities.

As part of the Multicultural Seminar, interns will also have the opportunity to develop and/or further an appreciation of differences that exist along spiritual and religious lines. Because clients vary widely on spiritual and religious dimensions, it is important for clinicians to embrace a wide range of spiritual perspectives. Interns will be introduced to the competencies for integrating spirituality into counseling and will do a personal self-assessment and explore case examples. Interns will be exposed to various spiritual and religious traditions. Attention will be given to personal awareness as it relates to clinical work. 

Collaboration with Psychiatric Services

Through a Psychiatric Consultation Seminar/Case Conference with the two CAPS psychiatrists in the fall semester, interns learn how and when to make referrals for psychiatric evaluation, including consideration for medication. DSM V diagnoses are reviewed, as well as psychiatric treatment of most disorders. Various medications, their intended effects and adverse effects will be introduced. Issues which arise when collaborating with a psychiatrist will be explored: the different perspective of the psychiatrist and psychological impact of medication use. These issues will be reinforced through actual collaboration with the psychiatric providers on staff. Experience in the urgent evaluation system offers opportunities to learn when and how to make referrals for psychiatric hospitalization. Interns will also have the opportunity to sit in and observe psychiatric evaluations with at least one client they refer.

Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Treatment

Interns will gain experience in drug and alcohol treatment and will have the opportunity to work with our staff who have expertise in AOD. Interns will spend at least one hour per week in the late Fall Semester providing counseling at least one (possibly two) client(s) mandated to seek treatment related to AOD concerns. Interns may also become involved in developing and facilitating outreach programs for this population.

Assessment (Basic Option)

All interns will participate in 12 hours of Assessment training during the first part of the internship program. Training will consist of both didactic information and opportunities to practice administration and scoring of various instruments. All interns will gain exposure to ADHD screenings as well as other instruments including cognitive, achievement, personality and behavioral self-report measures. During each semester each intern will complete one full assessment battery. Interns will receive one hour biweekly of assessment supervision with one of the four assessment supervisors. Specifically, the assessment supervisors will work with the interns on the administration, interpretation, report writing, and communication of assessment results to clients and colleagues. Interns are taught how to formulate and implement treatment recommendations as part of an assessment. Special topics including multicultural and ethical issues are included.


Interns will supervise one of the Center's externs during the Spring Semester. One and a half hours of group supervision on the process of supervision is provided throughout the spring with the center's Practicum Coordinator and the Assistant Director, Training. Externs include: Masters Interns and doctoral students in Counselor Education at Penn State and advanced doctoral students in the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Clinical Psychology Program at Penn State.


During the orientation period, all interns participate in a four-hour consultation and outreach seminar, which offers training on workshop design and presentation, as well as a basic overview of consultation. All interns will be involved in at least three outreach events per semester during their internship year, as well as additional events over the summer as needed. Supervision, assistance with workshop design, and debriefing after events will be provided on an as-needed basis by the Assistant Director, Community Education and Outreach or by the senior staff co-presenter.

Program Evaluation/Research

We view the development of program evaluation/research skills as essential to the preparation of professional psychologists. All interns participate in our program evaluation/research seminar meetings. The program evaluation seminar represents an experiential, hands-on group experience that is designed to further interns' applied knowledge of, and experience with, ethical, political, practical and methodological issues that are central to conducting program evaluation in a clinical setting. Interns develop a group project and present the results to the CAPS staff.

Secondary Emphases (Concentration Options)

Assessment (Advanced Option)

Interns selecting the Advanced Assessment Option will have an opportunity to spend more time providing assessments, with a particular focus, under the supervision of one of the assessment supervisors. Interns selecting the Advanced Assessment Option would need to have previous exposure to cognitive, achievement, and personality testing so that they can build on prior experiences in assessment. Interns can choose to focus on a specific area of assessment such as providing personality testing to rule out personality difficulties.

Consultation/Outreach Concentration

Interns who choose to pursue outreach and consultation as an area of concentration will have the opportunity to develop a consulting relationship with another organization or group on campus. These interns will also do at least four outreach presentations in the spring semester. These interns will participate in bi-weekly supervision with the Assistant Director, Community Education and Outreach. In addition, they may have an opportunity to participate in efforts within our Center to improve our own system. Interns who are interested in presenting more outreach programs than the number required are always welcome to do so.

Couple’s Counseling/Therapy

Interns who select the Couples Counseling/Therapy concentration option will have 2 couples included in their caseloads in the Spring Semester. Weekly or biweekly group supervision (depending on the number of interns selecting the concentration) for couple's work is provided during the spring semester. A 6-hour didactic seminar at the beginning of spring semester is provided to all interns.


Interns who opt to pursue research as an area of concentration will collaborate with the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) to develop a comprehensive research experience during the spring semester. The Research Specialty can be an independent or a collaborative research project. Research Specialty work will be conducted in the two hours per week during the spring semester and summer of the internship year. Interns pursuing this option have had the opportunity to become involved in the CCMH.

Summer Opportunities


While no training experiences are required in the area of administration, this elective training opportunity is available during the summer. In addition, exposure to administrative functions is provided through attendance at staff meeting in the fall and spring semesters, as well as during the summer term. 

Career Services Rotation (Optional Rotation - Summer Term)

Interns interested in participating have the opportunity to spend approximately 32 hours at Career Services (CS) on campus (since no career counseling is offered at our Center) during the summer months. After an orientation, interns spend four hours per week at CS working under the supervision of the Associate Director of Career Services, for a period of eight weeks. Interns will have an opportunity to be exposed to computer-assisted career guidance, as well as major career assessment instruments.

Please note that involvement in the Career Services Rotation will necessitate cutting out certain other training involvements in the summer.

Other Training Opportunities (Development of a Professional Context)


Interns are introduced to our internship program through a two-and-a-half week orientation period. The orientation process serves to acquaint interns with the University, the Center, and the Training Program. In addition, it includes a three-hour workshop on ethical and legal issues related to the practice of psychology, a three-hour workshop on suicide assessment, assessment training, outreach and consultation training, and other areas. In addition, there is training in our scheduling program and record keeping system, and other relevant policies and procedures. The orientation period is also utilized for the initial assessment of intern skills to assist in individualization of our training, as well as to facilitate the monitoring of interns’ progress through our program. Interns have an opportunity to meet with potential supervisors and co-leaders and to rank order preferences before assignments are made. Finally, the orientation period affords the opportunity for interns to become acquainted with the Center and staff, to become comfortable in new surroundings and to learn about other important offices on campus.

Professional Development Semimar

The Assistant Director, Training meets with the Interns for a Professional Development seminar throughout the year. These meetings provide interns with an opportunity to discuss reactions to the Internship, provide a forum for discussing professional perspectives gained during the internship year, and provide preparation for entry into the employment and post-doc market. Guest speakers share perspectives on academic careers, private practice, and licensure requirements, etc.

Intern Support 

Interns meet as a group on a weekly basis throughout the year. The purposes of these meetings is to allow interns to share and discuss interests and concerns and to facilitate the development of mutual support.

Staff Meetings

Interns attend an All Staff Meeting two to three times monthly in the fall and spring semester, and are given the opportunity to participate actively in staff discussions. This adds to interns' experience with counseling center administration and policy making. 

Staff Development

In addition to training experiences specifically designed for the internship, interns also participate in Staff Professional Development during the academic year. Professional Development trainings take place in the early fall, again between fall and spring semester, and again after spring semester. These training modalities typically cover not only ethical and legal issues and multi-cultural issues, but often heavily emphasize clinical intervention models and strategies. Other Program Emphases are also frequently covered.


Interns who do not choose an external summer rotation may choose an apprenticeship in the summer in one of the following Program Emphases: Direct Service, Consultation and Outreach, Training, and Administration. Working closely with the Coordinator of the selected area, interns develop a special project or gain first-hand experience in the coordination of one of these important agency functions.

Areas of Concentration

Interns who are interested in developing certain areas of concentration that fit within the scope of our agency may have the opportunity to do so within the existing structure of the program. These areas include but are not limited to the following:

Sexual Assault/Relationship Violence

Interns interested in working with these issues can volunteer to have a certain number of their counseling hours reserved for work with sexual assault or relationship violence survivors who come to our agency in order to deal with the trauma of these experiences. In addition an opportunity exists to co-lead a Women’s Empowerment Group with a CAPS clinician who specializes in working with survivors of sexual assault/relationship violence.

Working with Athletes

Penn State offers 31 NCAA Division I teams at the University Park Campus where CAPS is located. Penn State is a consistent contender for national titles in many sports. By special arrangement with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, CAPS provides direct clinical services to student athletes. Interns with an interest in this area can choose to work with student athletes. In addition to clinical services, CAPS staff may consult with coaches, trainers and team physicians on athletes' personal concerns. Finally CAPS is occasionally invited to provide programs of importance to student athletes, with topics ranging from sexual assault/date rape, alcohol/drug issues, and post-ventions around critical incidents.

Eating Disorders

Interns interested in working with eating disorders can volunteer to have a certain number of their individual counseling hours reserved for work with clients presenting with eating concerns. In addition, an opportunity exists to co-lead an Eating Disorder Recovery Group with one of our staff members who specializes in treatment of eating concerns.

Other Areas of Clinical Expertise

Other areas of clinical expertise may be developed through consultation with the Assistant Director, Training. Individual therapy caseloads, types of group co-led and types of outreach programs may possibly be tailored to develop an area of concentration.

How to Apply


Doctoral students who are in APA or CPA accredited Clinical and Counseling Psychology programs at the time they apply for the internship are eligible to apply. At least 600 hours of pre-internship practicum experience (including at least 400 hours of direct client contact and at least 200 hours of indirect practicum) are required. All coursework and qualifying exams required for the doctorate should be completed prior to internship. Qualifying exams must be completed prior to rank order submission. Please read the policy regarding former CAPS clients applying for internship positions.

Given that assessment will be a mandatory portion of your internship training, we require that all applicants have graduate-level coursework in both Cognitive and Personality Assessment. We also require that intern applicants have experience administering/scoring/writing up Cognitive, Achievement, and Personality measures. Multiple integrated reports including the previously mentioned measures are preferred.

The Training Year

Early-August, 2018 through early-August, 2019.

Stipends and Benefits

The stipend for the training year currently is $27,864.

Interns are entitled to full university employee benefits, including health insurance and vacation. Interns will need to document completion of at least 2,000 hours as a part of satisfactorily completing the internship program. At least 500 hours must be in direct clinical service.

Since vacation benefits for Penn State employees are so generous and since interns need to document 2000 hours for successful completion of the program, interns are required to use vacation time for all professional endeavors outside of the university (e.g. conferences, job interviews, dissertation defense). Interns currently earn 2 vacation days for each month worked plus 2 personal days plus 10 university holidays. Given concerns about FLSA, this may change in the future.

Number of Interns

Positions are available for four full-time interns.

Application Procedure


For selection of the 2018-2019 internship class, CAPS will use the AAPI Online Application as are all APPIC member internship programs. Hard-copy, mailed-in applications will no longer be accepted. To find out more about the AAPI online procedure and to access the applicant portal, please go to the APPIC website

To be considered for an internship at CAPS, your online application must include the following components:

  • Completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) form.
  • A cover letter or letter of interest with the body of the letter up to 500 words that describes your qualifications and professional experience that you believe make you a good match with our site. Please be sure to elaborate your specific goals for the internship.
  • Current vita.
  • Official transcripts for all graduate work.
  • • Three letters of recommendation. At least two should be from supervisors familiar with your most recent clinical work. At least one letter of reference must be from someone in your academic program.

Please note: Penn State appointments conform to a variety of requirements, including legal eligibility for employment in the U.S. (sometimes called the I-9 requirement) and a background check that verifies that educational credentials are valid and that candidates have no criminal or other record that would preclude employment in the University’s judgment. Please refer to Policy HR99 (Background Check Process). These are conducted following the APPIC Match, but the outcome of these background checks have the potential to preclude appointment.

Application Deadline

To be considered for the internship of the academic year 2018-2019, all application materials must be uploaded on to the AAPI Online by November 5, 2018. A Skype interview or an in-person interview will be arranged with strong candidates following this deadline. Strong candidates interested in interviewing in person are welcome to do so. Arrangements will be made using an online scheduling system and through the Director of Intern Training. We plan to notify applicants whether or not they are receiving an offer for an interview on or before November 30, 2018.

APPIC Internship Matching Program

The Center will be participating in the APPIC Internship Matching Program and will abide by APPIC Match Policies established by the Association for Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. Please note: This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant prior to Uniform Notification Day. If you have not yet requested an Applicant Agreement Form and materials describing the APPIC Internship Matching Program for positions beginning in 2018, please contact:

National Matching Services, Inc.
20 Holly Street, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario, Canada MS4 3B1

Alternatively, you can request an Applicant Agreement package by completing and submitting the form available on the APPIC Internship Matching Program Web Site. Please read this important information about the APPIC Match Policies.

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Weekly Time Breakdown

Fall Semester 

Please note that the first two and a half weeks will be devoted to an orientation to the University, the agency, and the program. Topics covered during this orientation include ethical and legal issues related to the practice of psychology, a three-hour workshop on suicide prevention, assessment training, outreach and consultation training, group therapy, and other areas. What follows is a breakdown of time for the fall semester following the two and a half week orientation.

Fall Semester Weekly Time Breakdown - Direct Service
Activity Time Commitment 
Screenings 1 hour weekly - 2 Screenings
Urgent Evaluation 2 hours weekly
Assessment 2 hours weekly (total=1 ADHD + 1 Full Battery/semester)
Flex Time 3 hours weekly
Short-Term Psychotherapy 8 hours weekly
Long-Term Psychotherapy 1 hour weekly
Group Psychotherapy 3 hours weekly
Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) 1 hour weekly (Replaces one short-term client hour starting in October)
Total Direct Service ~20.5 hours weekly
Fall Semester Weekly Time Breakdown - Training
Activity Time Commitment 
Individual Psychotherapy Supervision 2 hours weekly
Group Psychotherapy Supervision 2 hours weekly
Assessment Seminar/Supervision 12 hours of training and practice between orientation and early semester plus 1 hour bi-weekly assessment supervision weekly
Crisis Intervention Seminar/Supervision 1 hour weekly
Multicultural Seminar/Case Conference 9 hours of seminar time for the semester
Drug and Alcohol Training 6 hours of seminar time for the semester
Psychiatric Consultation Seminar/Case Conference 6 hours of seminar time for the semester
Group Therapy Seminar 8 hours of seminar time over the semester
Outreach/Consultation 4 hours of seminar training during orientation and supervision as needed
Psychotherapy Seminar 13 hours of seminar time over the semester
Professional Development Seminar 5 hours of seminar time over the semester (1 hour is during the orientation period)
Program Evaluation/Research 1 hour weekly
Intern Support Group 1 hour weekly
All Staff Development about 1 hour bi-weekly
Total Training Received ~11-12 hours weekly
Fall Semester Weekly Time Breakdown - Other
Activity Time Commitment 
Staff Meetings 1 hour three times per month
Notes and Recordkeeping. Admin, etc. 6-7 hours weekly
Total Other ~7 hours weekly

Contracted Total: 40 hours weekly

Note: Some evening time will also be involved for these activities. Interns not opting to specialize in outreach/consultation will be expected to do at least 3 workshops per semester, including at least one per year, which will involve multicultural student outreach.

While the internship is designed to be approximately a 40-hour work week in the office, there is the expectation that interns will do some reading on their own time related to the seminars that are offered as part of the training program throughout the internship year and on other preparation for presentations. Interns can log these hours in their professional activity logs so that they can count towards their 2,000 hours to complete the internship program.

Spring Semester

Spring Semester Weekly Time Breakdown - Direct Service
Activity Time Commitment 
Screenings 1 hour weekly - 2-3 Screenings
Urgent Evaluations 2 hours weekly
Assessment 2-3 hours weekly (3 for those choosing the Advanced Assessment Concentration in spring)
Flex Time 3 hours weekly
Short-Term Psychotherapy 7-8 hours weekly
Long-Term Psychotherapy 1 hour weekly
Group Psychotherapy 3 hours weekly (two groups)
Couples Therapy 1-2 hours weekly for those choosing the Couples Concentration
Total Direct  ~20.5 hours weekly depending on areas of concentration chosen
Spring Semester Weekly Time Breakdown - Training
Activity Time Commitment 
Individual Psychotherapy Sup. 2 hours weekly
Group Psychotherapy Supervision 2 hours weekly
Assessment Supervision 1/2 hour weekly or one hour of assessment supervision bi-weekly (opposite weeks interns will conduct two screenings in that hour)
Crisis Intervention Supervision 1 hour weekly
Group Seminar 8 hours of seminar time over the semester
Consultation/Outreach Supervision 1/2 hour weekly or 1 hour biweekly for those choosing the Consultation/Outreach Concentration
Psychotherapy Seminar 12 hours of seminar time over the semester
Couples Supervision 1 hour biweekly or 1 hour weekly for those choosing Couples Therapy Concentration (depending on the number of interns in this concentration)
Research Supervision 1 hour biweekly for those choosing the Research Concentration
Supervision of Supervision 1.5 hours weekly
Professional Development Seminar 5 hours of seminar time over the semester
Intern Support Group 1 hour weekly
All Staff Development 1 hour biweekly

Total Training Received

~10.5-11.5 hours
Spring Semester Weekly Time Breakdown - Other
Activity Time Commitment 
Consultation & Outreach 2 hours weekly for those choosing the Consultation/Outreach Concentration
CAPS Research Project 2 hours weekly for those choosing the Research Concentration
Supervision of Trainees 1 hour weekly
Staff Meetings 1 hour weekly three times per month
Notes, Record Keeping, Phone Calls, Admin, etc. 5 hours weekly
CAPS Program Evaluation Project 1 hour biweekly as-needed until complete
Total Other Approximately 7-8 hours weekly

Contracted Total - 40 hours weekly

Summer Session 

Interns selecting the optional rotation at Career Services will have a somewhat different summer schedule than those not opting to do this rotation.


Summer Session Weekly Time Breakdown - Direct Service
Activity Time Commitment 
Screenings 1-1.5 hours weekly - 3 Screenings
Assessment as needed to complete requirements
Urgent Evaluations 2 hours weekly
Flex Time 3 hours weekly
Short-Term Psychotherapy 8-10 hours weekly
Long-Term Psychotherapy 1 hour weekly
Group Psychotherapy 1.5-3 hours weekly - depending on which groups run in the summer
Couples Therapy 1-2 hours weekly for those having chosen this Concentration
Total Direct Service ~19-21 hours weekly
Summer Session Weekly Time Breakdown - Rotations
Activity Time Commitment 
Career Services 4 hours per week for 8 weeks (for those choosing this optional summer rotation)
Summer Session Weekly Time Breakdown - Training
Activity Time Commitment 
Individual Psychotherapy Supervision 2 hours weekly
Group Psychotherapy Supervision 1 hour weekly per group
Assessment Supervision 1/2 hour as needed
Crisis Intervention 1 hour weekly
Research Supervision 1 hour biweekly for those choosing the Research Concentration
Professional Development Seminar 5 hours over the course of summer
Intern Support Group 1 hour weekly
Couples Supervision 1 hour weekly or biweekly as needed
Total Training Received Approximately 7 hours weekly
Summer Session Weekly Time Breakdown - Other
Activity Time Commitment 
Apprenticeships (optional) 1 hour weekly for those not choosing an external rotation
Notes, Admin, etc 5 hours weekly
Staff Meetings 1 hour weekly three times per month
Total Other 11 hours weekly

Contracted Total: 40 hours weekly

Please note that a certain amount of flexibility exists within direct service requirements and that the total number of hours may be distributed differently according to individual intern's needs, and that continuing involvement with concentration would alter short-term client hours slightly or eliminate apprenticeship.

Current and Past Intern Information

Current Interns

Dylan Corp
Counseling Psychology
University at Albany-SUNY

John Loughlin-Presnal
Clinical Psychology
Pennsylvania State University

John Wesley Scala
Clinical Psychology
Pennsylvania State University

Erica Wiley
Counseling Psychology
Cleveland State University


Previous Interns


Name & Education Current Position

Lindsay Furlong-O'Hara
Clinical Psychology
Antioch University

Associate Staff Position
Counseling and Psychiatry Services
University of Vermont

Sangsun Kim
Clinical Psychology
University of Missouri - Columbia

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Counseling and Psychological Services
Penn State University

Daveon McMullen
Clinical Psychology
University of Hartford


Multicultural Counseling Post-Doctoral Fellow
Student Counseling Service
Connecticut College

Julie Scott
Counseling Psychology
Pennsylvania State University

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Counseling and Psychological Services
Penn State University


Name & Education Current Position

Mirelle Bloch
Clinical Psychology
Roosevelt University

Private Practice
Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy

Abby Costello
Clinical Psychology
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Staff Psychologist
Student Counseling Services
University of Minnesota

Sultan Magruder
Counseling Psychology
Oklahoma State University

Staff Psychologist
Counseling and Psychological Services
Penn State University

Lauren Mazur
Clinical Psychology
Florida Insitute of Technology

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Counseling and Psychological Services
University of Central Florida


Name & Education Current Position

Ted Bartholomew
Counseling Psychology
University of Nebraska

Assistant Professor
Counseling Psychology
Purdue University

Susan Folger
Clinical Psychology
Miami University of Ohio


Psychologist/Eating Disorder Support Team Coordinator
Counseling and Psychological Services
Ohio University


Allison Lockard
Counseling Psychology
Penn State University


Assistant Professor
Bucknell University


Blakely Low
Counseling Psychology
Texas Tech University

Asst. Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology
Clinical and Sport Psychology
University of Arkansas Athletics

Annie Poet
Clinical Psychology
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Staff Psychologist
Counseling and Psychological Services
Penn State University


Name & Education Current Position

Caitlin Chun-Kennedy
Counseling Psychology
Penn State University

BASICS Counselor
Counseling and Psychological Services
Penn State University

Stephanie Field
Clinical Psychology
Florida Institute of Technology

Staff Psychologist
Counseling and Psychological Services
Penn State University

Michael Lute
Clinical Psychology
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Staff Psychologist
Counseling and Consultation Services
The Ohio State University

Laura Martinson
Clinical Psychology
George Mason University

Capital Institute for Cognitive Therapy
Washington, D.C.


Name & Education Current Position

Iryna Arute
Clinical Psychology
Wheaton College

Private Practice
Chicago, IL

Kristin Hogan
Clinical Psychology
Loyola University of Maryland

Private Practice
Baltimore, Maryland

Tim Pineau
Clinical Psychology
Catholic University

Staff Psychologist
Marymount University

Joe Wassif
Counseling Psychology
West Virginia University

Staff Psychologist
Open Sky Wilderness Program
Durango, CO


Name & Education Current Position

Luba Abramsky
Clinical Psychology
Hofstra University

Private Practice
ARA Psychological Associates
Eastchester and Manhattan, NY
Lifespan Associates
Waldwick, NJ

Shaina Bernardi
Counseling Psychology
SUNY at Albany

Assistant Professor
SUNY Albany Medical School

Daniel Katz
Clinical Psychology
The Wright Institute

Private Practice
Houston, TX

Cody Maddox
Clinical Psychology
Duquesne University

Staff Psychologist
Boise VA Medical Center
Boise, ID


Name & Education Current Position

Carrie Brown
Counseling Psychology
University of Kentucky

Staff Psychologist
Counseling Center
Syracuse University

Jessica Buckland
Clinical Psychology
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Private Practice
State College, PA

Marie Land
Counseling Psychology
Pennsylvania State University

Private Practice
Washington, D.C.

Sarah Nokes-Malach
Clinical Psychology
Duquesne University

Post Doc
Counseling Center
Duquesne University

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Counseling & Psychological Services
Main Location

501 Student Health Center
University Park, PA 16802

Additional Locations

3rd Floor Bank of America Career Services Building
University Park, PA 16802

Allenway Building (Downtown)
315 S Allen Street
State College, PA 16801