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Psychology Internship

Psychology Intern and Academic Preparation Requirements 

The doctoral internship program in Health Service Psychology at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) is a member of the Association of Psychology Post-Doctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and uses the uniform psychology internship application (AAPI online) to determine that interns are currently enrolled in a doctoral program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). SHCS only accepts students from doctoral programs that are accredited by APA or by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). SHCS uses the APPI online for applications for the internship program and will only accept applications that are completed in their entirety and submitted electronically through APPIC. Please access the AAPI Online through the APPIC website. The internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) as of October 2018. The next site visit is scheduled for 2028. *


Applicants for the doctoral internship program in Health Service Psychology must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Enrollment in an APA or CPA accredited doctoral program. 
  2. Completion of all required coursework and academic requirements prior to commencement of internship, including comprehensive exams.
  3. Minimum of 500 intervention hours and 0 assesment hours must be completed at time of application. Hours accrued in terminal master's programs will be considered after the minimum of 500 doctoral hours are met.
  4. Certified as ready for internship by their doctoral program.

The training committee tasked with intern selection take into consideration the following preferred qualifications in addition to the minimum requirements outlined above:

  1. Interest in and experience working in a university/college counseling center setting.
  2. Interest in and experience providing individual short-term therapy, group therapy, outreach, and consultation.
  3. Interest in and experience providing crisis intervention and management.
  4. Strong interest in and commitment to multiculturalism/diversity as well as experience in working with diverse clients.
  5. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively.


Our application deadline will be November 10, 2024 at 11:59pm EST. The AAPI Online application must be complete and electronically submitted by this date.

Selection Process

Applications should be received no later than the deadline.

The Training Committee reviews all applications using a uniform applicant rating form to identify applications that meet the minimum requirements.

The Training Committee reviews all applications that meet the minimum requirements.

Upon review of all eligible applications, the Training Committee discusses applications and determines which applicants to invite for a virtual interview, via Zoom.

Applicants will receive an email indicating whether or not they have been selected to be interviewed. We will notify all applicants of their interview status if they submitted a completed application.

Interviews will be conducted through the months of December 2024 and January 2025.

Interview length is typically 50 minutes and includes time for applicants to ask questions.

At the completion of interviews, the Training Committee meets to review applicants and finalize rank list.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Training Coordinator via email with any questions that are not answered during the interview portion of the process: Dr. Leah Tappero,

This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal records checks. A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants. Background screenings will be conducted after the Match. Applicants who match to our program but do not successfully pass the background screening will be dismissed from the internship (see APPIC Match Policy 8b). Convictions will not automatically disqualify job candidates. The seriousness of the crime and date of conviction and the specific job applied for will be considered.

This position requires the incumbent to participate in the Exposure Control protocols for Student Health and Counseling Services under the CSUSM Medical Monitoring Program. Incumbents shall be required to receive an annual influenza vaccination or wear a mask while working in “patient care areas” as outlined on the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.

The California State University (CSU) system updated its vaccination policy on April 6, 2023 announcing that COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended for all CSU staff, faculty, and students. Please review this website for updated COVID-19 information:  CSUSM as One.

APPIC Policies and Guidelines

CSUSM SHCS is participating in the 2025 APPIC Match Program and will abide by APPIC Match policies (for more information see: This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

Our 4-digit APPIC Member Number in the online APPIC Directory is: 2265

Our 6-digit Program Code Number for the Match is: 226511

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

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002