Internship Admissions, Support And Initial Placement Data

(Updated: July 2020)

Internship Program Admissions

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

The Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology at CAPS is a full-time (40 hours/week), 12-month position beginning July 20, 2021. Interns will need to document completion of at least 2,000 hours total, at least one-fourth (500 hours) of which must be in direct clinical service, as part of satisfactory completion of the internship program.

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours:  Y    Amount:  325


Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours :  N   Amount: N/A


Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

Minimum Requirements

• Enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in Counseling or Clinical Psychology
• Successful completion of comprehensive exam/task by application deadline (Monday, November 2, 2020)
• Dissertation proposal approved by the application deadline (Monday, November 2, 2020)
• Approval for internship by academic Training Director
• A minimum number of 325 AAPI Intervention hours
• At least one training/clinical experience in an adult and/or adolescent setting individual therapy was provided.
• Experience, training, and/or interest in working with a diverse student population

Preferred Experiences/Qualifications

• Interest in receiving generalist training at a university counseling center, including brief screening, crisis intervention, group therapy, and outreach programming and community education
• Experience, training, and/or interest in providing clinical supervision
• Interest in working at a multidisciplinary center with a team-based and collaborative approach
• Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-volume clinical setting
• Excellent oral and written communication skills

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns: $35,568
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns: N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided
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? No
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation):192 (24 days)
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave:Depends on the election of VSDP or ORP.
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

You can find out more information about benefits here.

Other Benefits

Interns are classified as administrative professional faculty, which is the same classification held by the permanent full-time staff at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Thus, they are entitled to the same benefits. The benefits package includes medical and dental coverage, optional vision coverage, optional flexible spending accounts, disability insurance, life insurance, sick leave and vacation time, tuition remission for self, and retirement.

George Mason University completes a national background inquiry which includes a criminal felony and misdemeanor search, national sex offender registry database search, social security number validation, and trace. Adverse information discovered in the background check will not automatically disqualify an individual from employment. Decisions concerning employment will be made on a case-by-case basis in conjunction with a review of the job description and requirements. Please visit the University policy for more information regarding Mason’s background check policy.

Initial Post-Internship Positions 2016-2020

Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts

Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts: 7 (2015-2019)
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral programs/are completing their degree: 0

Post-DocEmployed Position
Community mental health center00
Federally qualified health center00
Independent primary care facility/clinic00
University counseling center11
Veterans Affairs medical center00
Military health center00
Academic health center00
Other medical center or hospital00
Psychiatric hospital00
Academic university/department 00
Community college or other teaching setting00
Independent research institution00
Correctional facility00
School district/system00
Independent practice setting 04
Not employed01
Changed to another field00