Our Doctoral Psychology Internship Program
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at University of the Pacific (Pacific) provides clinical services to Pacific students year-round. Your internship experience with us will focus on working with a diverse college-age population. Our goal is to help each of our doctoral psychology interns become competent and culturally sensitive clinicians, who are ready to enter the field as a generalist. Additionally, the internship program at Pacific is focused on increasing your confidence in your ability as a psychologist.
We train doctoral psychology interns in:
- Individual, group, and couples psychotherapy.
- Emergency and crisis services.
- Brief assessment of alcohol and substance abuse on a college campus.
- Outreach and consultation services.
We offer interns a variety of seminars to help hone professional competencies. We are committed to promoting excellence and competence with psychological skill levels, and strive to provide experiences that allow for interpersonal depth and enhanced clinical ability within a humanistic and multicultural framework. The internship year is an opportunity to further develop areas of interest interns may have, and concentration and emphasis on these areas is encouraged and supported through the training model. The internship program includes a clinical caseload, individual supervision, training supervision, psychological assessment, outreach, and consultation.
For detailed information, see the Internship Training Manual
Applying for an Internship
We are an APA-accredited and APPIC member (#127211) doctoral psychology internship program. Applications are due each year on November 7th in order to be considered for our training program.
Qualifications of Applicants
We seek high-energy individuals who are open to learning, able to balance multiple roles and responsibilities, receptive to feedback, and motivated to develop a wide range of skills that may be requested of a psychologist. To be eligible for internship at CAPS, intern applicants must provide verification that they are enrolled in an APA-accredited doctoral program in either counseling or clinical psychology. Applicants must verify supervised professional experience and overall readiness for internship, as a requirement in the AAPI online application. In addition, applicants must provide documentation on their application that they have professional experience at the practicum level that is consistent with the training goals and objectives of CAPS. Beyond this, we also require the following qualifications:
- A minimum of 500 hours of direct face-to-face clinical contact.
- All coursework toward the doctoral degree must be completed prior to the start of internship.
- Comprehensive exams, or their equivalent, must be completed prior to the application deadline.
- US citizenship or an international student with sponsorship through another organization.
- Successfully proposed your dissertation prior to the application deadline.
- Certification of internship readiness by the candidate's academic program is required.
- Demonstrated experience with the college-age population (not necessarily at a university).
- Be in accordance with all university policies as published by the Department of Human Resources. Please note that we are a drug-free workplace. For more information about any of the policy content or how a policy applies to your situation, please contact the Department of Human Resources.
University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer (AA/EOE) dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its imployment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression or mental or physical disability. If you have any questions about AA/EOE please contact our HR department at 209.946.2124.
Application Forms, Procedures and Deadlines
Applications are due each year on November 7th in order to be considered for our training program. In order to be considered you must:
- Submit a completed AAPI through APPIC and NMS.
- Use your cover letter to let us know how you are a good fit with the internship program at University of the Pacific CAPS, and what your goals are for internship.
- Your references should reflect your most recent work, and at least two of your three references should be from licensed psychologists who are familiar with your clinical work.
- Be in accordance with all university policies as published by the Department of Human Resources. Please note that we are a drug-free workplace.
It is important that you follow these instructions or your application may be disqualified. For further information, please contact:
Kimberlee DeRushia, Psy.D. PSY 24992
Training Director | Associate Director
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211
(209) 946-2315 x2
♦ Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
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