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Psychology Internship Program
Application and Selection Process

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Eligibility

Applicants for our doctoral internship must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a doctoral program in Counseling, Clinical, or School Psychology that is accredited by the APA (American Psychological Association) or the CPA (Canadian Psychological Association).
  • Pass their comprehensive examinations no later than the ranking deadline for the APPIC Match.
  • Successfully defend their dissertation proposals no later than the ranking deadline for the APPIC Match.
  • Completed all doctoral coursework no later than the beginning of the internship.
  • Completed a minimum of 500 Intervention Hours as indicated on the Application for Psychology Internship (APPI).
  • Be certified as ready for internship by their doctoral programs.
  • All agency staff members and interns are expected to abide by the responsibilities outlined in the CMHC Statement on Diversity.
  • Be able to pass both (a) a criminal background check that is conducted by the University, and (b) a background check that will be conducted after the Match in accordance with Chapter 81 of the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code concerning the sexual exploitation of clients. This statute requires us to contact employers from at least the last five years to determine whether any sexual exploitation of clients has occurred. Applicants who match to our program but do not successfully pass these background checks may be dismissed from the internship (see APPIC Match Policy 4a). Please contact the Training Director if you have questions about these background checks.
  • Be motivated to work in a collaborative manner with staff members and fellow trainees, and demonstrate a commitment to being a proactive and supportive team member.

Additional Selection Considerations

In addition to the requirements outlined above, preference may be given to applicants who:

  • Are interested and invested in participating in a training program that encompasses a "Use of Self" training model, and possesses the necessary characteristics to be successful in such a program (e.g., self-awareness, openness, willingness to self-reflect).
  • Demonstrate a strong and genuine commitment to the study and application of multicultural counseling principles as evidenced by a variety of activities such as coursework, practica, community or professional service, research, presentations or publications, other life experiences, etc.
  • Demonstrate interest and experience in University Counseling Center work through practicum, volunteer work, employment, or other such activities.
  • Are interested in training in a Counseling Center that utilizes a time-limited model of individual counseling .
  • Will have their dissertation completed prior to the start of the internship year.

Application Instructions

We only accept applications that are submitted electronically via the APPIC "AAPI Online" service (see www.appic.org). Our application deadline is November 1, and your application must be complete and electronically submitted to us by that date. A complete application for our internship program includes the following materials (please note that all of these materials should automatically be included with the application that you submit via the AAPI Online service):
  • A cover letter.
  • A complete, up-to-date curriculum vita.
  • Copies of all graduate school transcripts.
  • Three letters of reference, at least two of which must be from supervisors who are familiar with your counseling and intervention skills.

Applicants with a disability who require accommodations for the application process, interview, or training year are encouraged to contact the Training Director in order to discuss our process for making arrangements for accommodations. We are committed to making reasonable accommodations for individuals who request them.

Our Center is sensitive to the needs of individuals with family obligations related to pregnancy, child care, elder care, and similar responsibilities.

Selection Process

Following is a summary of our selection process:

  • Applications should be received by the deadline of November 1. Feel free to call or e-mail the Training Director if you have any questions or experience any difficulties with the submission process.
  • The selection committee then reviews your materials, and you will be sent an e-mail no later than the end of the day on December 15 that indicates whether or not you will be offered an interview. In accordance with APPIC policies, we notify all applicants of their interview status if they submitted a complete application. Please contact the Training Director if you have not received an e-mail notification by that time.
  • For applicants who are invited to interview, the e-mailed notification contains a link to an online scheduling program that allows you to quickly and easily schedule an interview with us. We try to have a variety of dates and times available, and we will work with you to find a time that fits your schedule.
  • Telephone or Zoom interviews will be conducted primarily during the first two weeks of January. These interviews last about an hour and are semi-structured, but we try to keep them as relaxed and informal as possible. During the interview, we will ask you questions about your interests, background, and experiences, and will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions.
  • In late January and early February, the Training Director conducts "follow-up" calls with each of our applicants. This call is NOT another interview (although occasionally we may have a few follow-up questions). Instead, it is an opportunity for you to find out more about Austin and our program, as well as allowing you to address any remaining questions that you might have. Many applicants use these calls to ask questions about living in Austin, such as housing, employment possibilities for partners, school and day care information for children, etc.
  • Throughout the process, you are always welcome to contact the Training Director if you have any questions or if you wish to speak to a current intern.

On-Site Visit Policy. Our interviews are conducted exclusively via telephone or Zoom. We recognize that the internship interviewing process can be a stressful and costly one. In order to minimize the financial burdens associated with this process, we have chosen not to have on-site interviews. We want to assure you that visiting our Center is NOT an expectation. However, if you are interested in seeing our Counseling Center in order to assist in your decision- making process, you are more than welcome to schedule a visit.

To arrange an on-site visit, please contact the Training Director. A typical visit will last approximately two hours and will include a tour of the facility, a meeting with the Training Director, and a meeting with a current intern (depending upon availability). Opportunities to meet with other staff members will be arranged upon request, if possible.

APPIC Guidelines. Our selection process follows all guidelines of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and participates in the APPIC Match. In particular, 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.

Please be sure that you have registered for the APPIC Match. Registration materials are located at the National Matching Services web site. Our Program Code Number for the APPIC Match is 156811. If you have any questions about our program or the application process, please feel free to contact the Training Director, Dr. Mark Zentner, at: mzentner@austin.utexas.edu or (512) 475-6922.

National Matching Services web site

APPIC Match Policies


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