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Important Information about our Training Program:

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Internship Program Admissions

Our APA accredited doctoral internship program aims to foster independence and provide for the development of competent and versatile professionals in the field of health service psychology1. 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 multicultural framework. The training year begins on August 1 and ends on July 31.

Applicants for one of our three doctoral internship positions must be from APA accredited programs. We require that applicants have completed their comprehensive exams and successfully proposed their dissertation prior to the application deadline and completed all necessary coursework prior to the start of internship. Applicants must also accrue a minimum of 500 face-to-face intervention hours certified by their Director of Clinical Training. We prefer applicants who have demonstrated experience with the college-age population and who can speak clearly to this experience.

Pacific CAPS is a very active unit within the larger Division of Student Life, and we maintain strong collaborative relationships with our partners throughout the university. Doctoral Psychology Interns conduct group, individual, and, on occasion, couples psychotherapy during their tenure with us. We also have an assessment component in our program that includes interns utilizing outcome assessments (CCAPS) for each client, providing mandated substance use assessments (BASICS and SAHMSA), and conducting one psychological assessment battery per year based on a referral question from a fellow intern. Additionally, interns participate in various outreach programs sponsored by CAPS throughout the training year and are expected to be involved in both the development and presentation of these programs. Interns are expected to acquire a minimum of 1,850 supervised professional experience hours for successful completion of the internship; however, it is possible to earn 2,000 hours if the intern chooses to do so.

University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer (AA/EOE) dedicated to workforce diversity. Additionally, Pacific is a drug-free workplace and all applicants must be in accordance with the university policies as published by the Department of Human Resources. Any applicant, who has questions about AA/EOE, the drug-free workplace, or any of the official HR policies, is asked to contact HR directly at 209.946.2124.

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following types at time of application? If yes, indicate how many:

  Total Direct Contact Hours at time of application Required Amount
  Intervention (certified doctoral hours) Yes 500
  Assessment No n/a

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

  1. Comprehensive exams, or their equivalent, completed prior to the application deadline.
  2. Dissertation successfully proposed prior to the application deadline.
  3. All coursework completed prior to the start of internship.
  4. US citizenship or an international student with sponsorship through another organization.
  5. Certification of internship readiness by the candidate's academic program.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for the Upcoming Training Year

Financial and benefits information, contact CAPS if you need this information in an alternative format

Note: Interns are paid their stipend as non-exempt employees at an hourly rate of $12.02 and receive a paycheck every other Friday. CAPS complies with all Federal and State regulations for payroll.  Additionally, each intern receives a University Benefits package that includes the option to select major medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, and life insurance.

Other Benefits:

Liability Insurance: 

  • Professional liability coverage is provided for all university related clinical activities.

Time Off:

  • Interns are allowed all University holidays and seasonal days (typically 15-16 days per year).
  • Interns accrue up to 12 days of sick leave over the year. Sick leave is to be used for doctors' appointments and/or illness.
  • Professional development leave time is provided (up to 5 days per year) for time off that may include attending conferences, job search interviews and/or dissertation committee meetings, contingent upon the approval of the Director.
  • In addition to the professional development, holidays and seasonal days that afford interns with time off, interns will have accrued 2 weeks of vacation by the end of the internship year. We ask that that interns will preserve these vacation hours to be taken during the final 2 weeks of the internship year.

University Perks:

  • Interns receive a staff I.D. card that allows them to use the library and check out materials for an extended time.
  • Interns are also eligible to purchase a staff parking permit, which allows for parking in the university parking lots.
  • Interns are eligible to purchase a membership to the Baun Fitness Center
  • Each intern office is equipped with a computer that provides access to our electronic scheduling/record keeping program (Titanium), and has internet access, word processing, and email capabilities. Additionally, each office is equipped with a webcam for recording therapy sessions, a printer/scanner, and an IP phone with voice mail that is accessible through the phone or the computer.

Initial Post-Internship Positions for the Last Three Cohorts

Initial post-internship positions for the previous 3 cohorts (4 in UCC, 2 independent practice, 1 CMH, 1 I/O, and 1 finishing dissertation)

1For the purposes of accreditation by the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA) "health service psychology" is defined as the integration of psychological science and practice in order to facilitate human development and functioning. Health service psychology includes the generation and provision of knowledge and practices that encompass a wide range of professional activities relevant to health promotion, prevention, consultation, assessment, and treatment for psychological and other health-related disorders.