Psychology Externship

Externship Training Program

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at George Mason University (Mason) is pleased to offer a 9-month (during the academic year), 16-hour-per-week Advanced Externship Training Program! We have openings for three predoctoral externs for the 2021-2022 academic year. The program will last from August 2021 through May 2022. Orientation will likely occur during the second and third weeks in August 2021. The externship program is ideal for advanced doctoral students in APA-accredited programs in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or a related field who have had at least one prior therapy practicum experience as well as interest in working with a diverse population in a university counseling center.

CAPS provides a wide range of psychological services to the diverse Mason community. We encourage potential applicants to review our website to learn more about the center’s values and services offered to the community. The externship experience includes a training component, direct service, and administrative responsibilities in addition to opportunities for participation in other Center activities. Externs have historically received an honorarium for their participation in the program. Please see below regarding the many opportunities offered by the externship program:


  • Didactic Seminars:  Externs will participate in didactic seminars on a range of topics related to clinical practice. Examples of some topics presented in the past include incorporating multicultural perspectives in clinical work, crisis assessment and management, working with specific student populations, and using various theoretical orientations within a short-term model.
  • Professional development: Externs provide case presentations for the entire staff, which allows them to present their clinical work and receive feedback.
  • Supervision: Externs will receive two hours of individual supervision, one hour of group supervision, and a half hour of supervision of group therapy if they are co-facilitating a group. Some supervision may be provided by pre-doctoral psychology interns, who will themselves be supervised by licensed psychologists.

Direct Service:

  • Individual:  Each extern is expected to maintain six to eight direct client hours per week. Each extern is expected to participate in completing brief screenings, intake assessments, case management support, and individual therapy. Consultation procedures and ongoing supervision ae established for support throughout the training experience.
  • Group: CAPS staff prioritizes providing trainees with the opportunity to co-facilitate group therapy.
  • Crisis: Each extern may have the opportunity to be involved with the daytime on-call crisis system.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Externs are expected to maintain at least two hours of administrative time for the purpose of ethical note-keeping and addressing any clinical or non-clinical responsibilities.

Outreach and Programming Development:

  • Externs will have the opportunity to provide and develop psychoeducational training for faculty, staff, and students.

Evaluation and Feedback:

  • Informal feedback will be provided to externs throughout the semester. Formal feedback, including any evaluation forms required by the extern’s program, will be provided at the conclusion of each semester. Externs are evaluated on the range of services provided at this center using the competencies outlined in the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychologists.

Statement on Service to a Diverse Public and Trainee Self-Disclosure:

Note: Availability on Friday mornings is required as that time is reserved for didactics and group supervision.

To Apply

The following application materials should be submitted to Dr. Alexandra (Allie) Minieri, Associate Director, Training Services via e-mail to to apply to the program:

  1. Cover letter expressing specific interest in this program and prior relevant experience.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) covering relevant clinical work and training. Externs are required to have at least one full year of a therapy practicum prior to applying to this placement. This training should be reflected in your CV.
  3. Unofficial transcript.
  4. Two letters of recommendation sent directly to the Training Director ( One must be from someone who is familiar with the applicant’s clinical work.

Complete applications must be received no later than 5:00PM on February 1, 2021.

We will be respecting the notification date set by the Greater Washington Areas Directors of Clinical Training (GWADCT). Interviews for the externship will occur between mid-February and Mid-March 2021.

For more information, please contact:

Alexandra (Allie) Minieri, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Training Services
Counseling and Psychological Services
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 2A2
SUB I, Rm 3129
Fairfax, VA 22030


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