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Course Enrollment During Internship

During the internship year, students are required to enroll in 2 credits of PHLS 8193 and 1 hour in the Fall and 1 in the Spring.

Students receive an "S" (satisfactory) grade for the Fall semester. They will receive an "I" (incomplete) grade for the Spring semester until the Director of Training receives official notice of satisfactory completion at the end of the summer. Upon receipt of this notice, the “I” will be changed to an "S".

Students who successfully defend their dissertation before completing the internship and who wish to graduate at the conclusion of the 6 Week – 2nd summer term must complete and submit a general petition to request an exemption from the continuous dissertation enrollment policy. This petition should state:

"I am requesting to graduate at the conclusion of the 6 Week – 2nd summer term without being enrolled in dissertation credits while I am completing my internship requirement. All coursework, including dissertation final defense, has been completed."

In order to replace the "I" grade with an "S" in the PHLS 8193 course for the spring semester in time for Summer graduation, the Director of Training must receive certification of the completion of internship no later than the last day of the 6 Week – 2nd summer session.


  • Completion of all coursework
  • Successful defense of candidacy project
  • Passing of the Comprehensive Exam
  • Successful defense of the dissertation proposal by November 1st

Students work full time (2000 hours) as paid psychological interns in approved professional settings where they receive regular supervision and training.

Students are expected to apply nationally to APA-accredited internship programs. These programs consistently take part in pre-doctoral counseling psychology training and meet all the standards of training quality.

Internship Application Process

  • Consult the APPIC web site in the early part of the internship application year. The site links to application materials and information on all internship training programs within the directory.
  • Update curriculum vita and begin drafting professional goals statement. It may be advantageous to tailor versions of this statement to match different types of training sites (e.g., university counseling center, VA Medical Center, etc.).
  • After receiving internship information, identify at least 10-15 potential sites and establish a timeline to complete the applications.
  • Complete application materials and related personal statements (this is usually done in late summer/early Fall of the internship application year).
  • Attend the Program-sponsored, internship application preperation class typically beginning in July and extending through November.
  • Notify references and provide them with a copy of the vita, brief descriptions of targeted internships, descriptions of online application procedures, and the application deadline dates associated with each site.
  • Submit all application materials by the designated deadline dates.

Interview Process

Some sites may opt to conduct either on-site, phone, or Skype interviews with promising candidates. A training site's policies regarding these interviews are usually detailed in its descriptive materials. Useful tips for preparing for and participating in interviews can be found in the APAGS Internship Workbook. Useful tips for preparing for and participating in interviews can be found in the APAGS Internship Workbook, available for purchase on the APA website.

APPIC Computer Matching System

APPIC oversees the computer matching system used to make internship placement decisions each year. Detailed information about the system and its required procedures can be found at the APPIC web site. Failure to follow the APPIC guidelines and procedures when applying for an internship could constitute a violation of professional ethics.

Student Internship Matches

All internship placements are APA-accredited, full-time and paid.

2016 - 2017
  • Yale University-Psychiatry, New Haven, CT
  • San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, San Bernardino, CA
  • MEDVAMC, Houston, TX
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Aurora, CO
2015 - 2016
  • VA Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Federal Medical Center, Lexington, KY
  • University of Florida Counseling Center, Gainesville, FL
  • Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Pacific Clinics, Pasadena, CA
  • Baylor College of Medicine-Pediatrics, Houston, TX
  • Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX
2014 - 2015
  • Wichita Collaborative Psychology Consortium, Wichita, KS
  • Vanderbilt University/VA Medical Internship Consortium, Nashville, TN
  • South Louisiana Internship Consortium/ LSU, Baton Rouge, LA
  • VA Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX
2013 - 2014
  • Baylor College of Medicine-Pediatrics, Houston, TX
  • University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City, OK
  • MEDVAMC, Houston, TX
  • Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX
2012 - 2013
  • New Mexico State University Counseling Center, Las Cruces, NM
  • VA North Texas Health Care System, Dallas, TX
  • University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • VA Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
  • Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX
  • Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, Bay Pines/Tampa, FL