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Application Qualifications and Process

Internship Program Information and Expectations

Applying to the Internship Program

Qualifications

Applicants must be advanced doctoral students who have fulfilled all of the following requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in an APA accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology.
  • Successful completion of all required coursework, comprehensive exams, and practica prior to start of internship.
  • Completed a minimum of 500 hours (direct clinical intervention) of supervised practicum experience by November 1.  CAPS recognizes the inevitable constraints to training as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While preference will be given to applicants who meet the minimum 500 direct clinical hours, applicants with fewer intervention hours will be considered for the upcoming application cycle as long as all other prerequisites are met.
  • Verification by the Director of Training (DCT) of readiness for internship.
  • Favorable consideration will be given to applicants who will have completed or have made substantial progress towards completion of their dissertation by the start of internship.

Application Procedures

To apply for our Psychology Internship, we require that you apply via the AAPI Online site. Once on the site, please navigate to on "AAPI Online." Your online application must include the following:

  • A completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) form. Download the AAPI on the AAPI site.
  •  ​In your cover letter, please describe your qualifications and professional experience you believe make you a good match with our site. In your letter, please clearly identify your experience conducting triage, intakes, providing crisis assessment and intervention, your experience with brief therapy/single session therapy, group therapy, and elaborate your specific goals for internship.
  • Current curriculum vita.
  • Official transcripts of all graduate work.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two from supervisors who are familiar with your more recent clinical work.

Deadline for Applications

To be considered for the internship of the academic year 2021-2022, all application materials must be uploaded on to the AAPI Online by midnight (PST) on Sunday, November 1, 2020.

Your application will be reviewed by the selection committee. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews by email. We will make every effort to notify all applicants of their status by December 1, 2020. We typically begin interviews in early December over the course of two weeks.  Applicants are invited to interview by Zoom and interviews typically last approximately an hour.  The structured interviews are conducted by two to three members of the training committee.  For approximately 35 minutes, applicants are asked to expand on general questions related to their prior experience and training. In addition, applicants will be presented with two clinical vignettes. Applicants are provided with 10 minutes for questions at the end. Applicants are also encouraged to contact current interns to inquire about their experience and to gain helpful information that may facilitate the selection decision making process. The Training Director may also be able to put you in contact with former interns.

Additionally, we will offer a virtual open house for applicants being interviewed to meet the multidisciplinary staff, and current trainees to learn more about the internship program. Please note that the virtual open house is not required nor is it part of the interview process and is only for applicants we have invited to interview. We cannot accommodate on-site visits at this time. The virtual open house will be offered on Friday, January 08, 2021.

Selection can be a stressful process and we want to provide you with as much information as possible. If you have additional questions not answered from the website or APPIC listing, please contact Dr. Mary Mendoza-Newman at marymn@stanford.edu or call 650-723-3785. You may also request the contact information for current and past interns for more details about their experience by sending Dr. Mendoza-Newman an email.

As an APPIC member, we follow all APPIC policies and procedures regarding selection and notification. 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. These policies are available on the APPIC website.

We will be participating in the APPIC match process coordinated by National Matching Services, Inc. In order to participate and be considered by our site, you must register with National Matching services by requesting a packet of materials. This can be done by phone at (416) 977-3431 or online at www.natmatch.com/psychint. Our program code number is 1166.

Appointments and Benefits

CAPS offers three full-time (40 hours per week), twelve-month psychology internship appointments, beginning Monday, August 16, 2021 and ending Friday, August 12, 2022. The stipend for the internship is $30,000 for the year. This includes 4 weeks off, a $2,000 healthcare stipend for the purchase of part or all of a healthcare plan, and a $250 educational allowance.