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Thank you for your interest in 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, culturally sensitive, and 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.

Training Available

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 seek high-energy individuals for our internship program 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. We accept applications from students enrolled in APA-accredited counseling and clinical psychology programs.

We are an APA-accredited and APPIC member (#127211) doctoral psychology internship program.  All applications for 2016 - 2017 Internships must be electronically submitted through APPIC by November 7, 2015

In order to be considered you must meet the following qualifications:

  1. A minimum of 500 hours of direct face-to-face clinical contact
  2. All coursework toward the doctoral degree must be completed prior to the start of internship.
  3. Comprehensive exams, or their equivalent, must be completed prior to the application deadline
  4. US citizenship or an international student with sponsorship through another organization
  5. Successfully proposed your dissertation prior to the application deadline
  6. Certification of internship readiness by the candidate's academic program is required.
  7. Demonstrated experience with the college-age population (not necessarily at a university).
  8. 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.

Application Forms, Procedures and Deadlines

All applications for Internships must be electronically submitted through APPIC and received by November 7,2015.  In order to be considered you must:

  • Complete the AAPI found via the APPIC website
  • In your cover letter, please explain why you believe you would be a good fit with the internship program at University of the Pacific CAPS.  Be specific about your goals for internship and how our program, in particular, will help you achieve these goals.  
  • At least two of your three references should be from licensed psychologists who are familiar with your clinical work. References should reflect your most recent 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. All completed applications must be submitted online and received by November 7, 2015. 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
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation