We are an APA-accredited University College Counseling internship site located on a beautiful campus in Northern California. We provide for the development of competent and versatile professionals in the field and we are committed to providing experiences that allow for interpersonal depth, and enhanced clinical ability within a multicultural framework. Your internship experience with us will focus on working with a diverse college-age population in a variety of modalities with the intention of helping you become a confident, competent and culturally sensitive clinician.

To prepare doctoral psychology interns to become competent, versatile, and culturally aware Health Service Psychologists who engage in, and help others attain, lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities.

  1. We have a distinct emphasis on diversity and inclusion training and supervision that applies directly to working with our diverse selection of students (including but not limited to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender orientation).
  2. We provide dynamic training related to the multifaceted roles needed for a career in college counseling.
  3. We have a strong focus on consultation and outreach skills and provide numerous opportunities to work with students, parents, faculty, and campus partners.
  4. We have a well built group therapy program that will provide you with strong didactic training and experience in all types of group therapy (i.e., general process groups, support groups, and psychoeducational groups).
  5. We provide a supportive, open, and understanding work environment, and have a true open door policy where our staff are available for our doctoral trainees throughout each day

  • Triage, single session, and ongoing psychotherapy (group, individual, and couples).
  • Emergency and crisis services.
  • Brief assessment of alcohol and substance abuse on a college campus; ongoing outcome assessment through the use of the CCAPS; and one strength based assessment battery used to supplement therapeutic services.
  • Outreach, preventative programming, and consultation services for students, faculty/staff, and parents.

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 our Internship Training Manual for the 2023 Match Year.

Please see our updated (10.01.2023) Telesupervision Policy.

We are an APA-accredited doctoral internship program (APPIC member #127211). 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 are expected of a health service psychologist. 

In order to be considered for our training program, applications must be received by November 21 at 11:59 p.m. EST each year. If you anticipate having difficulty meeting this deadline due to an unexpected life event, please contact pwrona@pacific.edu.

Qualifications of Applicants

To be eligible for internship at CAPS, applicants must be enrolled in an APA-accredited doctoral program in either counseling or clinical psychology and should provide documentation on their AAPI 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:

  1. A minimum of 450 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.

Note: 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 employment 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.

Applications are due each year on November 21st 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 and essays to discuss how you are a good fit with the internship program at University of the Pacific CAPS, and to help us better understand 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.

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.

I look forward to reading your materials and getting to know you. If you have any questions or you would like additional information, please don't hesitate to contact me either by phone or email:

Pamela Wrona, Psy.D. PSY 25798
Training Director | Associate Director
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

The internship at University of Pacific, Counseling and Psychological Services provides a full-time, one year, paid internship.This internship is a 12-month commitment. The internship year begins August 1 and ends July 31. Interns typically reserve their vacation time and use it for the last two weeks of July.

Interns are scheduled 40 hours a week from 8am-5pm. However due to the nature of college counseling and university work, there may be times when you will need to work more than the traditional 40-hour week or participate in after-hours activities such as outreach programs and crisis intervention. This time will count in your total SPE for the year. Interns are expected to acquire a minimum of 1,850 hours in order to successfully complete the internship, however many interns choose to work extra hours to bring their total up to 2,000.

Direct questions to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychology Association
750 1st St, NE, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 336-5979