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Counseling and Psychological Services Internship Program

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Program tables last updated June 30, 2017


We consider applicants from APA-accredited training programs in counseling or clinical psychology who are in their final year of study.

Applicants must be in good standing with their academic department, must have passed their comprehensive exams, and must have defended their dissertation proposal by the application deadline.

Applicants should have previous, well- documented, supervised counseling experience, and should be prepared to work with clients presenting with moderate psychopathology and a wide range of clinical diagnoses (e.g., anxiety and mood disorders, relational and identity concerns, trauma symptoms, substance abuse, body image concerns and eating disorders, and personality disorder traits).

Applicants must be comfortable working with a diverse clientele. College counseling experience is preferred, but not required.

Minimum Total Direct Contact Intervention HoursYes350
Minimum Total Direct Contact Assessment HoursNoN/A
Other Minimum Requirements
Minimum Total Individual Adult Therapy HoursYes150
Completion of written integrated assessment reportYes1
Administration of WAIS, WISC or WJ Cognitive Assessment (child or adult)Yes1
Administration of WIAT or WJ Achievement Assessment (child or adult)Yes1

Note: Assessment requirements may be fulfilled through practice within a class. Applicants should explicitly address fulfillment of these requirements in their cover letter or AAPI hours.

Application Procedures

Our internship uses the AAPI online process, which is part of the APPIC Internship Matching Program. Please download the APPIC Match Policy and the Matching Program information. Applicants must obtain an Applicant Agreement Package from the above site and register for the Matching Program in order to be eligible for a match to our program. The application deadline is midnight PST on November 6, 2017.

The application requires three recommendation letters from those familiar with your recent professional development. At least two of these letters must be from recent direct therapy supervisors who are familiar with your counseling and therapy practice. These should thoroughly address your clinical/counseling abilities and needs.

One of these three letters may be from your director of clinical training, who is also required, as part of the APPIC application form, to certify your eligibility and readiness for internship and detail your progress toward completing doctoral requirements. The APPIC form itself does not substitute for a third letter. The recommendation letters should be submitted using the AAPI online process.

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.

WSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Interview Procedures

All interviews will be conducted by telephone. We will inform applicants of their interview status by December 14, 2017. Interviews are generally scheduled from mid-December through mid-January.

Pre-Employment Screening

We conduct pre-employment screening for doctoral interns who match at our site. This involves completion of criminal background checks within the state of Washington and nationwide.

Intern applicants who match for the doctoral internship at CAPS will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. Background checks will be conducted following the APPIC Match, and offers will be contingent upon successfully completing the background check.

Successful completion of the background check would require that the intern has no record of criminal history that would prohibit them from providing psychological counseling according to the laws of the State of Washington (see RCWs 43.43.830 – 43.43.842).

Financial and Other Benefit Support

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Inters: $27,938.11
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns: N/A

Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes

  • Trainee contribution to cost required? Yes
  • Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes
  • Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
  • Coverage of domestic partner available? Yes

For details on the university’s benefit plans, visit Human Resource Services.

Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off/Vacation Leave: 22 days
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave: 12 days
In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns in excess of personal time off and sick leave? Yes

Other Available Benefits:

  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Voluntary contributions to retirement
  • Up to $200 towards professional development
  • Up to 2.5 days of training leave, without prior authorization

Interns are requested to take 5 days of annual/vacation leave at the end of internship to allow CAPS staff transition time between intern cohorts. Interns need to be mindful of the 500 direct service requirement and the 2,000 hour internship requirement when considering how to use their personal time off.

Initial Post-Internship Positions (2013 – 2016)

Total number of interns who were in the 2013-2106 cohorts: 12
Total number of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree: 0

For the table below, PD = post doctoral residency; EP = employed position

Community mental health center10
Federally qualified health center00
Independent primary care facility/clinic00
University counseling center14
Veterans Affairs medical center00
Military health center00
Academic health center00
Other medical center or hospital00
Psychiatric hospital00
Academic university/department3*1
Community college or other teaching setting00
Independent research institution00
Correctional facility00
School district/system00
Independent practice setting02
Not currently employed00
Changed to another field00

*Non-UCC university departments: psychology clinic, athletics department, disability resource center

Contact Information

For further questions, contact Jane Barga, Ph.D., Training Director
Phone: 509-335-4511
Mailing Address:
Counseling and Psychological Services
Washington State University
PO Box 642333
Pullman, WA 99164-2333