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Instructions for Internship Application & Non-discrimination Policy

Applicants for internship must currently be enrolled in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology.

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.

The University requires that all personnel in "safety-sensitive" positions, such as Student Health clinicians and interns, be screened for controlled substances.  Employment is contingent upon a negative drug screen.  At the start of the internship, Student Health will provide an opportunity for you to obtain this screening at no cost.

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 reference, at least two of which are from licensed psychologists who have supervised your clinical work.
5. The following supplemental materials:
a) A copy of an intake report
b) A copy of an assessment report
(If you are unable, due to the structure of prior training sites, to submit an intake report, please submit two assessment reports that preferably include personality assessments or conceptual formulations.)

All application materials must be available for our review by 11:59pm (Eastern Standard Time) on November 4, 2013.

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

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

Applicants invited to interview will be contacted by telephone by December 9th of 2013, and applicants not invited will receive e-mail notification by that same date. The required in-person interviews at CAPS will occur on January 6th, 8th and 10th of 2014, and applicants can request their preference of date. The interview schedule includes a meet and greet with staff, hour long orientation about the training program, lunch with current interns, two one-on-one interviews, and a small group interview with the training director. 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 may also choose to go on an hour long tour, provided by current interns at the end of the interview day. Applicants will also be asked if a picture of them can be taken (optional), for the exclusive purpose of facilitating reviewers' memories, and photos are not used in any way as part of the selection process. Interview day is 8:30a-4p (including the optional hour long tour at the end of the day).

Applicants can obtain instructions and apply for registration for the APPIC Match at In our selection and notification of candidates, we adhere to APPIC Match Policies as described at Policies & Procedures--Match--APPIC, and 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.

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 Commission on Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242. Telephone: (202) 336-5979.  

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement (April 8, 2008)

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, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation or veteran status, 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 on Equal Opportunity. The University’s policies on “Preventing and Addressing Discrimination and Harassment” and “Preventing and Addressing Retaliation” implement this statement. The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs has complaint procedures available to address alleged violations of these policies.

Additional Information
The statement printed above is the University of Virginia's official Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement. The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs requests that it be printed in University catalogs, all recruiting materials (student and personnel), program brochures, and other "official" publications from the University, such as annual reports. It can be set in a smaller typeface and is usually positioned on an inside front or back cover or in the first few pages of a publication. Beginning in 1988, at the request of the Office for Civil Rights, all University catalogs and major publications must now carry 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 Title IX Coordinator is Darlene Scott-Scurry, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, Washington Hall, East Range, P.O. Box 400219, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4219, (434) 924-3200. Revised and approved February, 2009.

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