Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

  • Andrew Shea, Ph.D.
    Dir. of Training
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    (812) 855-5711

Internships & Training

Predoctoral Internship in Professional Psychology

The psychology internship at Counseling and Psychological Services is designed for qualified predoctoral 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 program combines practical clinical experience with mentorship from experienced practitioners. Over the course of the internship, participants progress from a highly structured and supportive experience into positions of increasing autonomy.

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. 

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
  • Expect to have completed all formal course work, practicum, and comprehensive examinations by the start date of the internship
  • Expect to have completed a minimum of three years of graduate training
  • Have completed a minimum of 800 practicum hours, of which at least 350 were in direct provision of clinical services 

Indiana University and Indiana University 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 Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action policy. 

Internship Responsibilities

The internship is designed and administered by the CAPS training committee. Its members include:

  • The Director of Training
  • The CAPS psychology staff, including the coordinator of the doctoral psychology practicum
  • The coordinator of the social work practicum

This training committee meets regularly to discuss trainees' progress and address problems as they arise.

The predoctoral internship in professional psychology includes these components:

Individual Assessment 

Each week, interns will conduct three or four hour-long sessions for initial intake appointments. Interns typically continue to meet with these clients but may also refer them for other services (in consultation with their supervisor)

Individual Counseling 

Interns will spend approximately 16 hours a week meeting with individual clients or couples. At the start of the internship, all sessions will be recorded via webcam for review by the intern's primary supervisor, though this requirement may be relaxed as interns progress through the program. 

Walk-in/Emergency Coverage 

Interns will spend four hours a week providing daytime walk-in service for patients in crisis. They will assess students, work with them to manage their crisis, consult via phone or in person with family, friends, or other concerned parties, and collaborate with their supervisors and CAPS psychiatric staff to facilitate hospitalization when needed. Interns are encouraged to consult with colleagues as needed, and senior staff members will be available for backup.

Primary Supervision

Interns are supervised by a licensed psychologist for all individual and couples counseling work. They meet for 2-1/2 hours each week with their supervisor to review clinical interviews, webcam recordings of therapy sessions, written reports, and other work related to clinical contact. Interns are expected to notify their supervisor of any emergent issues with their clients, including possible threats to self or others, hospitalizations, or psychosis. Supervisor relationships last for six months. Interns can sunmit a list of their supervisor preferences among the psychologists available. 

Group Counseling

Interns will spend at least three hours a week co-facilitating counseling groups with senior staff. Group counseling sessions typically last 1.5 hours a week and meet for 10 weeks over the course of the academic year. In the latter stages of the internship, interns may be asked to co-facilitiate a group with another intern. 

Group counseling is supervised as follows:

  • Weekly 30-minute meetings with the senior staff co-facilitator of the group
  • Semiweekly 1-hour group meetings with the Group Program Coordinator
  • Semiweekly 1-hour "group team" meetings with all senior staff who facilitate groups
Provision of Primary Supervision

CAPS interns will spend 1.5 hours a week supervising predoctoral psychology practicum clinicians. Each supervisory session is recorded via webcam. Interns will also submit a one-page critique of each session to the coordinator of the predoctoral psychology practicum. All practicum clinician notes are signed off by the intern supervisor and the coordinator. Practicum clinicians also receive one hour of group supervision by the practicum coordinator.

Outreach and Consultation

Interns initially "shadow" senior staff in outreach projects of presentations to students and campus groups. As they gain experience, interns will eventually develop outreach projects in line with their own interests and in consultation with the coordinator for consultation and outreach. Each intern is expected to individually facilitate a minimum of three outreach programs per semester, as well as other programs that interns present as a group.

Each intern will also co-chair a national screening/awareness day event with a senior staff member.

Clinical Concentrations

CAPS offers three separate year-long 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.

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


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 identify of students 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. 

Benefits and Stipends

The annualized stipend for psychology interns for 2009-10 is $22,212. Each intern position is formally titled “Psychology Intern,” and has a university rank of “SA11.” Intern positions are full-time (40 hours per week). The positions carry with them the benefits listed below.

Professional Status

Interns participate in multidisciplinary team and staff meetings as colleagues on an interdisciplinary staff.


Interns are granted up to 4 hours per week during periods of low clinical demand to pursue the completion of their dissertation or to participate in other research projects.

Continuing Education

Limited funding is available to help defray travel and registration expenses for conferences, workshops, or seminars. Educational leave requests are subject to the approval of the director of training. 


Interns may elect to participate in the university-subsidized health and dental plans and are covered by the university's group life insurance plan. See the University Benefits Office for up-to-date plan information.

Paid Time Off

The program includes 30 days of paid time off (sickness and vacation combined) plus university holidays. Time off is subject to the approval of the director of training. Utilization of paid time off during periods of peak training or clinical activity is discouraged.

Interns should be aware that states vary in their requirements for the number of internship hours, and utilize paid time off accordingly. 

Retirement Plan

The university contributes an additional 10 percent of the intern’s stipend to a retirement plan. These funds are fully vested to the intern and can be withdrawn (with tax consequences) upon the interns completion of the program. 

How to Apply

Each year, CAPS receives 60 to 75 applications for three positions. Because of the high demand, we are looking for applicants whose professional interests align with the needs of our patients, particularly group psychotherapy, consultation and outreach, and working in a multidisciplinary setting.

Minimum requirements for internships include:

  • Current enrollment in a doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology
  • Completion of all formal course work, practicum, and comprehensive examinations by the start date of the internship
  • Completion of a minimum of three years of graduate training
  • Completion of a minimum of 800 practicum hours, of which at least 350 were in direct provision of clinical services

Approximately 30 applicants will be invited to participate in phone interviews and to attend a clinic open house to meet our training director and tour the facilities.

Submitting Your Application

Applicants must register with the National Matching Services, Inc. to apply for a CAPS internship. There, you can apply online at the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers 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, including two from recent clinical supervisors

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

Application Deadline 

Applications are due for the 2012-2013 academic year must be submitted by November 1, 2011.