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American University Counseling Center Doctoral Internship

Welcome to the American University Counseling Center Doctoral Internship website. We are delighted that you are interested in our training program!

We understand that making a decision about where you will spend your internship year is very important. The work environment of your internship and the people with whom you work will likely have a substantial impact on your identity as a clinician, future practice, and overall well being. With that in mind, we want to share with you as much information as possible to assist in making a choice that is best for you. We hope that you will find answers to any questions that you have about our internship training site in the links below and to the right.

Some notable features of our internship include the wide variety of training opportunities related to Counseling Center specialty work, a focus on multicultural competence and working relationally with clients, and a range of group therapy and supervision opportunities. Additionally, we offer a warm, supportive, collaborative, and fun working environment. Our staff is large enough to represent a diversity of styles and perspectives, but small enough to feel warm and personal. We hope that our interns experience the quality of our community as an optimal environment for growth and as a distinctive strength of our training program.

Another important feature of our center is our commitment to attracting a diverse group of staff and interns. As a center, we are committed to creating an environment that is both welcoming and affirming where everyone feels valued and celebrated. We engage in regular self-reflection in addition to challenging and supporting one another around issues of multicultural competence and cultural humility; this is something we expect of our interns as well. Everyone at the center is expected to adhere to our Values and Diversity Statement.

Again, thank you for your interest in our training program, and we wish you the best in your application process!

Aim and Competencies

Our program will prepare Doctoral Interns in Clinical or Counseling Psychology to become entry-level Health Service Psychologists through participation in a yearlong, full-time training experience.

We will facilitate each Doctoral Intern's achievement of competency in the following areas: research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, communication and interpersonal skills, assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills.

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Date Program Tables were updated: August 1, 2017

Internship Program Admissions
The American University Counseling Center considers applicants from APA accredited doctoral programs in clinical and counseling psychology. Applicants must be in good standing with their department, have passed all comprehensive examinations by the application deadline, and have had their dissertation proposal approved by the start of internship. While previous college counseling center experience is preferred, any applicant with a strong interest in training in a university counseling center setting and working with university students will be considered.

Application Minimum Requirements

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours: 450
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: No Minimum
Number of Years of Graduate Training Required: 3

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year
Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns: $30212
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns: N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
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): 12
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave: 12

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

Other Benefits: Dissertation release time, dental insurance, life insurance, professional development time, use of university facilities (e.g., parking, library)

Initial Post-Internship Positions

Total # of interns who were in the three cohorts: 12
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree: 0

Community mental health center11
Federally qualified health center00
Independent primary care facility/clinic00
University counseling center40
Veterans Affairs medical center10
Military health center00
Academic health center00
Other medical center or hospital20
Psychiatric hospital00
Academic university/department00
Community college or other teaching setting00
Independent research institution00
Correctional facility00
School district/system00
Independent practice setting01
Not currently employed20
Changed to another field00

Note: "PD" = Post-doctoral residency position; "EP" = Employed position.

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