Internship Admissions, Support And Initial Placement Data

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(Data Program Tables are updated: July 29, 2022)

Program Disclosures

As articulated in Standard I.B.2, programs may have “admission and employment policies that directly relate to affiliation or purpose” that may be faith-based or secular in nature. However, such policies and practices must be disclosed to the public. Therefore, programs are asked to respond to the following question.

Does the program or institution require students, trainees, and/or staff (faculty) to comply with specific policies or practices related to the institution’s affiliation or purpose? Such policies or practices may include, but are not limited to, admissions, hiring, retention policies, and/or requirements for completion that express mission and values.


If yes, provide website link (or content from brochure) where this specific information is presented:

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, 2023. 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. The training program provides a supportive learning environment that fosters the development of cultural and ethical considerations into all aspects of service delivery and professional development. The foundation of the training model is based on a program of supervised, sequential, and experiential psychological practices. Each intern is expected to develop strong clinical skills with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and gain a secure sense of self as a culturally informed and ethical psychology professional who can practice in a variety of settings. The psychology internship also provides an opportunity to interact with mental health practitioners from a number of disciplines (psychology, social work, counseling, and psychiatry) within a fast-paced center at a large public university.
Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at the time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours: Yes Amount: 350 hours
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: No 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 (Wednesday, November 2, 2022)
• Approved dissertation proposal by the application deadline (Wednesday, November 2, 2022)
• Approval for internship by academic Training Director
• A minimum of three years of graduate training
• A minimum number of 350 AAPI Intervention hours
• At least one training/clinical experience in which individual therapy with adults was provided
• Explicitly stated experience, training, and/or interest in working with a diverse student population through cover letters or essays
• Explicitly stated interest in generalist training at a university counseling center
Preferred Experiences/Qualifications
• Previous university counseling center experience, crisis experience, and intake experience are especially valued
• Experience, training, and/or interest in group therapy, outreach programming, and 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: $39,568.00Effective 01/2023
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns: N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? X YesNo
If access to medical insurance is provided
Trainee contribution to cost required? X YesNo
Coverage of family member(s) available? X YesNo
Coverage of legally married partner available? XYesNo
Coverage of domestic partner available? YesXNo
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?XYesNo

Other Benefits

You can find out more information about benefits here.

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 a retirement contribution.

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. Interns must be eligible to work in the U.S. either by citizenship or Visa status. For additional information about the university’s response to the pandemic, including current vaccination requirements and mask mandates, please review information at this webpage:

*Note. Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table.

Initial Post-Internship Positions

(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)

Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts: 9
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral programs/are completing their degree: 1

Total # of interns who were in the last 3 cohorts* 9
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 1
Academic teaching00
Community mental health center00
University Counseling Center22
Hospital/Medical Center00
Veterans Affairs Health Care System00
Psychiatric facility00
Correctional facility00
Health maintenance organization00
School district/system00
Independent practice setting 22

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.