Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology

About the doctoral internship in professional psychology

The doctoral internship in professional psychology at Indiana University’s Counseling and Psychological Services is designed for qualified doctoral students whose professional goals include:

  • Treating adults on an individual and group outpatient basis
  • Supervising psychologists in training
  • Engaging in consultation and outreach

The internship prepares students for work in university counseling centers and other outpatient settings.

The internship is a one-year (mid-July to mid-July) training program that combines practical clinical experience with mentorship from experienced practitioners and rigorous didactic training. Over the course of the internship, participants progress from a highly structured and supportive experience into positions of increasing autonomy. The doctoral internship in professional psychology is an independent training program from other (Ph.D. in Psychology and Master of Social Work practica) training programs offered at CAPS.

At CAPS, we do not subscribe to a single theoretical orientation. However, we do draw from interpersonal-psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral perspectives to frame clinical problems and guide treatment.

Accreditation

The Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology has been accredited since 1996 by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the APA Commission on Accreditation at:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
  • Phone: 202-336-5979
  • TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123
  • E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org

Who can apply

The internship follows the recruiting practices outlined by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must fulfill the following qualifications:

  • Are enrolled in a doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology
  • Expected to submit departmental documentation that all formal coursework, practica, comprehensive examinations, and dissertation proposal defense have been successfully completed by the time internship begins in mid-July
  • Expect to have completed a minimum of three years of graduate training
  • Have completed a minimum of 800 practicum hours, of which at least 450 were in direct provision of clinical services. Strict adherence to our required clinical practicum hours will likely be relaxed due to the disruptions to training the pandemic has caused.

Note: Due to dual role conflicts, anyone who has accessed IU CAPS services, beyond an initial intake, during their doctoral career is not eligible for an internship at IU CAPS.

Indiana University and Indiana University Student Health Center CAPS are committed to being open and accessible to clients, staff, and trainees from all ethnic, racial, and personal backgrounds. CAPS and the internship fully abide by Indiana University’s Non-Discrimination/Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action policy.

Learn how to apply

Clinical concentrations

CAPS offers three separate yearlong concentrations:

  • Sexual Assault Counseling Services, focused on treatment of survivors of sexual assault
  • Coalition for Overcoming Problem Eating/Exercise (COPE), a multidisciplinary approach to disordered eating/exercise and body image issues
  • Diversity Outreach, focused on reaching out to underserved populations through various university diversity-themed student centers


After a thorough orientation to all three concentrations, interns will submit a ranked list of the three options. The training committee will then appoint each intern to one of the concentrations. Because our agency works with many students with a diverse range of presenting concerns, interns will have opportunities to work with clients whose concerns lay outside the scope of assigned concentrations.

Concentrations are supervised conjointly by specialized staff in the area of concentration and by intern’s primary individual licensed psychologist supervisor.

Diversity

Indiana University recognizes the importance of a diverse student body and of appropriate services for students. The Commission on Multicultural Understanding dates back to 1982 and has led the university's efforts to promote understanding and tolerance within the campus community. More recently, the post of Vice President for Student Development and Diversity and the Office of Academic Support and Diversity were founded as part of a recommitment of the university to selection, recruitment, retention, and graduation of Latinos, African Americans, Native Americans, and other underrepresented students. CAPS and the internship program likewise are committed to supporting these goals of the university.

By establishing and developing liaison relationships with campus offices and programs that support the diverse student body, CAPS builds bridges to traditionally underserved populations. Interns can participate in these liaison relationships, expand on current offerings, and develop new ones.

On the Bloomington campus, approximately 9 percent of students identify as African American, Native American, Asian American, or Hispanic. Among our CAPS clientele, nearly 13 percent identify as members of these populations. Approximately 7 percent of Bloomington students are from outside the United States. Approximately 5 percent of CAPS clients are international students.

How to apply

Each year, CAPS receives 80 to 100 applications for three positions. Because of the high demand, we are looking for applicants whose professional interests align with the needs of our clientele, particularly group psychotherapy, consultation, and outreach, and working in a multidisciplinary setting.

Minimum requirements for internship application include:

  • Current enrollment in a doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology
  • Have completed all formal course work, practicum, comprehensive examinations, and dissertation proposal defense by the November 1 deadline for application
  • Completion of a minimum of three years of graduate training
  • Completion of a minimum of 800 practicum hours, of which at least 450 were in direct provision of clinical services. Strict adherence to our required clinical practicum hours will likely be relaxed due to the disruptions to training the pandemic has caused.

Approximately 30 applicants will be invited to participate in phone interviews and to attend a CAPS open house to meet our entire clinical and training staff including our Director of Training and tour the facilities.

Submitting your application

You must register with National Matching Services, Inc., to apply for a CAPS internship. There, you can apply to our internship online at the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) portal.

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter describing your education, experience, specific internship goals, and how your career aspirations fit with our internship program
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts of all graduate work
  • Three letters of recommendation, two of which are from recent clinical supervisors

The IU-CAPS Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology APPIC program code is 128911.

Application deadline

Applications for the 2021–22 academic year must be submitted by midnight November 1, 2020.

Policy regarding home department requests for supplemental evaluations

APPIC does NOT require its member programs to complete evaluation forms/materials requested by the academic program in addition to those created by the internship program itself.

—From the APPIC Application for Psychology Internships

As an APA-accredited internship, we have demonstrated that our learning objectives and the manner in which we assess them are acceptable by the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation. Additional detail about the ten primary goals of our internship, and the manner in which our evaluations are done are available upon emailed request to the Director of Training. Requests to complete additional/supplemental evaluations from students’ home department are redundant and not an appropriate use of our training staff time. Therefore, we will respectfully decline to respond to such requests.