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Instructions for Internship Application & 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:
a) A curriculum vitae
b) All graduate transcripts
c) 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.
d) Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which are from supervisors familiar with your clinical and counseling work.
e) 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 3, 2014.

Applicants invited to interview will be contacted by telephone by December 8th of 2014, and applicants not invited will receive e-mail notification by that same date. The required in-person interviews at CAPS will occur on January 5th, 7th and 9th of 2015, and applicants can 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 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.

Applicants can obtain instructions and apply for registration for the APPIC Match at www.natmatch.com/psychint . 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 Commission on Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242. Telephone: (202) 336-5979.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement

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.

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 Brad Holland, Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, Washington Hall, East Range, P.O. Box 400219, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4219, (434) 924-7819. 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.

Controlled Substances Screening

The University of Virginia 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.

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

Matthew S. Zimmerman, Psy.D., ABPP
Associate Director / Training Director
The University of Virginia, Department of Student Health
Counseling and Psychological Services
P.O. Box 800760
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0760
mz8u@virginia.edu
(434) 243-5150

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