Doctoral Internship

Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology

Dear Prospective Applicant,

I am pleased that you are considering Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) for your internship training. CAPS at Penn offers a full-time, 12-month, APA-accredited doctoral internship in an academically rigorous, exceptionally diverse urban setting. As a counseling center, CAPS has a tremendous commitment to training future psychologists. Training activities are woven into every aspect of the center's functioning. Additionally, every member of our large staff of psychologists is involved in supervising and mentoring interns.

Interns receive intensively supervised experiences in providing individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, initial evaluations, crisis consultations, and supervision. These experiences provide the intern with the background necessary to function as a psychologist in a variety of professional settings. Our former interns have obtained employment in counseling centers, academia, research settings, mental health agencies, business settings, and private practice.

I hope that you will find the information included in this website (and our downloadable pdf) helpful in your decision-making process. If you choose to apply to Penn, we follow all of the notification guidelines established by APPIC and our application deadline is Sunday, November 1, 2015. If you have other questions, feel free to email me at or call 215-898-7021.


Cyndy Boyd, Ph.D.
Associate Director/Training Director
University of Pennsylvania
Counseling and Psychological Services

Intern Time Commitments

The internship is a 2,000 hour training program. The internship begins Monday, August 3, 2015 and ends Tuesday, August 2, 2016.  Application deadline is Sunday, November 1, 2015.

The internship program consists of three essential components:

1. Service Activities

  • Individual Therapy (10-12 hours)
  • Group Therapy (1.5 hours)
  • Intake Assesment (1-2 hours)
  • On Call Counselor (3 hours)
  • Telephone Triage (2 hours)
  • Outreach Consultation (approximately 20 hours per semester)
  • Supervision of Practicum Students (1 hour)
  • Training Presentations to Practicum/Social Work students and Professional Staff (5 hours per year)
  • Membership on administrative committees (e.g. eating disorders, training, outreach, up to 1 hour per week)

2. Training Activities

  • Individual Supervision with Primary Supervisor (minimum 2 hours)
  • Individual Supervision of Group Therapy (.5 hour)
  • Case Group (1 hour)
  • Multidisciplinary Team Meeting (1.5 hours)
  • Intern Meeting (1 hour every other week) 
  • Intern Support Lunch (1 hour)
  • Supervision of Supervision (1.5 hours)
  • Professional Topics Seminar (1.5 hours)
  • Individual Consultation and Supervision of Training Presentations (5-10 hours per year)
  • Group Therapy Seminar (biweekly)
  • Outreach & Consultation Seminar (biweekly)
  • Social Identity Exploration (monthly)
  • Multicultural Therapy/Current Issues (monthly)
  • Social Justice Seminar (monthly)

3. Administrative/Professional Development Activities

  • Staff Meeting/Staff Development (2 hours)
  • Committee Membership (Outreach, Training, Eating Concerns, Sexual Trauma Treatment, or Wellness, 1 hour)
  • Client Preparation and Record Keeping (3-4 hours)
  • Conferences/Workshops

Intern Stipend and Benefits

The Counseling and Psychological Services Doctoral Internship Program offers a full-time, twelve-month internship for doctoral-level graduate students in counseling psychology or clinical psychology. Each intern position pays a stipend of $27,675.

Interns will receive the following benefits:

  1. Ten paid vacation days. The University is also on holiday for the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.
  2. Five Professional Development days for conferences, workshop and dissertation.
  3. Holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Break, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  4. Health insurance is provided for interns and is available for an additional fee for partners and dependents.
  5. Professional liability coverage provided to all staff by the University.
  6. Use of University facilities such as the libraries.


Applicants must be advanced doctoral candidates from counseling psychology or clinical psychology programs. Preference will be given to applicants from APA-approved programs. Applicants should have passed doctoral comprehensive examinations prior to applying to the internship. They should also have completed at least two years of supervised practicum experience at the doctoral level (minimum 500 hours), including 100 hours in formal supervision. Applicants will be assessed on their overall readiness for internship and their professional interests and goals as they relate to the Counseling and Psychological Services Doctoral Psychology Internship Program.

Application and Selection Procedures

The application process will occur on-line through the APPIC website: AAPI online application formApplication deadline is Sunday, November 1, 2015.

The electronic application should include:

  1. The completed AAPI online application form.
  2. A brief cover letter.
  3. A current vitae/resume.
  4. Transcripts of all graduate work.
  5. Three letters of recommendation by professionals who are familiar with your counseling/clinical experiences and skills. At least one letter should be from a supervisor of a recent clinical experience. 

Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by December 15.

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 prior to Uniform Notification Day. Notification of selection will strictly adhere to the guidelines of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (see APPIC General Policy Regarding Internship Offers and Acceptances which can be downloaded from the APPIC website).

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran in the administration or its educational policies, programs, scholarship and loan programs, employment, recreational, athletic or other university administered programs. Questions or concerns regarding the University's equal opportunity and affirmative action programs and activities or accommodations for people with disabilities should be directed to: Director of Affirmative Action, Suite 228, 3600 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021. 215-898-6993 (voice) or 215-898-7803 (TDD).