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Instructions for Internship Application and Non-discrimination Policy

  1. Applicants for internship must currently be enrolled in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology.
  2. Applicants must have completed all required course work, supervised practicum, and comprehensive examinations. It is strongly recommended but not required that applicants have completed at minimum their dissertation proposal by the time of internship interview.
  3. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 430 total intervention hours by the time the application is submitted.
  4. Applications reviewed will include the completed AAPI Online (Application for Psychology Internship) with the following elements attached:
    1. A curriculum vitae
    2. All graduate transcripts
    3. A cover letter describing how you would be a good fit with the internship program at UVa CAPS. Please be specific about your goals for internship and how our particular program will help you meet these goals.
    4. Three letters of recommendation that utilize the APPIC Form for Letters of Recommendation available on the AAPI website.
    5. A copy of an intake report that includes a case formulation. If such an intake is unavailable, please submit a testing report that includes case formulation instead.

The CAPS doctoral internship supports training of psychologists who are competent to serve all members of the public, and fully endorses Preparing Professional Psychologists to Serve a Diverse Public (APA, 2013) as an essential component of our profession. Please review the document in considering application to the CAPS internship program.

All application materials must be available for our review by 11:59p (Eastern Standard Time) on November 6, 2017.

Applicants invited to interview will be contacted by telephone by December 4th of 2017, and applicants not invited will receive e-mail notification by that same date. The required in-person interviews at CAPS will occur on January 8th, 10th and 12th of 2018, and applicants may request their preference of date. The interview schedule includes a meet and greet with staff, orientation about the training program, lunch with current interns, two one-on-one interviews, a small group interview with the training director, and an optional tour of UVa grounds. One of the individual interviews serves as a general interview about applicant interests and training experiences, and the other is a discussion of a vignette provided at the time that serves as a basis for a collaborative discussion. Individual interviews are assigned by the training director. Applicants will also be asked if an optional picture of them can be taken for the exclusive purpose of facilitating reviewers' memories, and photos are not used in any way as part of the selection process. Each interview day is 8:30a-4p, with the 3-4p hour being an optional tour.

Applicants can obtain instructions and apply for registration for the APPIC Match at In our selection and notification of candidates, CAPS adheres to APPIC Match Policies as described at APPIC Match Policies, and abides by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

We will be glad to make available to intern applicants and other appropriate publics any materials that pertain to the program’s accreditation status. Furthermore, verification of program status can be obtained from The American Psychological Association’s Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. Telephone: (202) 336-5979.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement
(Revised and approved March 2015)

The University of Virginia is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. To fulfill this commitment, the University administers its programs, procedures and practices without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information and operates both affirmative action and equal opportunity programs, consistent with resolutions of the Board of Visitors and with federal and state requirements, including the Governor’s Executive Order Number One (2014).

The University’s Preventing and Addressing Discrimination and Harassment policy, Preventing and Addressing Retaliation policy; and Interim Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence implement this statement. The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs maintains procedures to address alleged violations of these policies.

At the request of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, the name and contact information of the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, Section 504 Coordinator, and the Title IX Coordinator, as shown below:

The ADA Coordinator and the Section 504 Coordinator is Melvin Mallory, Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, Washington Hall, East Range, P.O. Box 400219, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4219, (434) 924-3295, The Assistant Vice President for Title IX Compliance/Title IX Coordinator is Emily Babb at O'Neil Hall, Terrace Level Room 037, (434) 297-7643, or

Designated High-Risk/Safety-Sensitive Positions Subject to Fingerprinting and Drug Screening (Testing)

The University of Virginia has a vital interest in providing a safe environment for its students, patients, visitors, and employees. Pursuant to Federal and State law, the University conducts pre-placement drug screening of applicants selected to fill designated high-risk/safety-sensitive positions, including doctoral interns at UVa’s Student Health, CAPS Department. Internship positions further require a fingerprint-based criminal history check. Prior to start the internship, interns will be guided as to how to fill these requirements at UVa at no cost.

For questions or clarifications regarding the UVa CAPS internship program or application procedures, contact:

Matthew S. Zimmerman, Psy.D., ABPP
Training Director
The University of Virginia, Department of Student Health
Counseling and Psychological Services
P.O. Box 800760
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0760
(434) 243-5150

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