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Important Information about our Training Program:

Date Program Tables Updated: 6/14/2018.  Please contact kderushia@pacific.edu if you need this information in an alternative format.

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.

We have three doctoral internship positions available each year. Applicants must have attended an APA accredited doctoral program. To apply for our program, applicants must have completed their comprehensive exams and successfully proposed their dissertation. Applicants must have a minimum of 500 face-to-face intervention hours certified by their Director of Clinical Training at time of application and have completed all necessary coursework prior to the start of our internship (August 1 each year). We have a preference for applicants who have demonstrated experience with a college-age population and who can speak clearly to this experience in their cover letter, essays, and letters of recommendation.

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 therapy, individual therapy, and, on rare occasions, couples therapy 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 referral questions composed by 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 typically scheduled 40 hours a week from 8am to 5pm. Due to the nature of college counseling and university work, there are times throughout the year when interns may work more than the traditional work-week or participate in after-hours activities such as outreach programs and crisis intervention. California regulations stipulate an intern can count a maximum of 44 hours per week toward Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) hours.  Interns are expected to acquire a minimum of 1,850 hours during their training year (typically August 1 - July 31) in order to successfully complete the internship. The average number of hours earned by interns each year is closer to 1900 with many interns choosing to work extra hours in order to bring their total SPE to 2,000.

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 (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

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-Time Interns*: $25,000
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-Time Interns*: n/a
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
     If access to medical insurance is provided:
          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
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) All universtity holidays
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave Can accrue up to 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/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave? Yes

*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. 

Other Benefits:

Health Benefits:

  • The university benefits package that includes medical insurance, also includes the option to select dental, vision, long-term disability, and life insurance.

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 are eligible to participate in the University Relations Program. This program allows interns to rent living space through the Residential Life and Housing Department, rather than having to rent a place in the community. Rent includes all utilities, internet, streaming cable, laundry, and furniture. Due to the nature of this program, space is limited and interns are encouraged to apply quickly after matching.
  • 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

2014-15 to 2016-17 Cohorts
Total # of interns who were in the 3 preceding cohorts 9
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing the doctoral degree 0
Post-Doc Position  Employed 
Community Mental Health Center n/a 1
Federally Qualified Health Center n/a n/a
Independent Primary Care Facility/Clinic n/a n/a
University Counseling Center 2 n/a
Veterans Affairs Medical Center n/a n/a
Military Health Center n/a n/a
Academic Health Center n/a n/a
Other Medical Center or Hospital 1 n/a
Psychiatric Hospital n/a n/a
Academic University/Department n/a n/a
Community College or Other Teaching Setting n/a n/a
Independent Research Institution n/a n/a
Correctional Facility n/a n/a
School District/System n/a n/a
Independent Practice Setting 3 n/a
Not Currently Employed n/a n/a
Changed to Another Field n/a 2
Other n/a n/a
Unknown n/a n/a

Additional Post-Internship Placement Data

When looking at initial placement data for the last 11 cohorts (2007-08 - 2017-18*)the majority of our interns (n=12) initially attended a UCC post-doctoral placement or were in a paid staff position. Additional placements include medical center/hospital (n=6), private practice (n=5), CMHC (n=5), correctional facility (n=1), I/O for the gaming industry (n=1), a change in careers to a spiritual worker (n=1), academic placement (n=1), a psychiatric hospital (n=1), and one person is currently looking for a post-doc position. *2017-18 data is where our current interns have accepted post-doctoral placements pending successful completion of the internship. Questions regarding current placement of our alumni can be directed to the Training Director.


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.