Apply for the Pre-doctoral Internship

University Counseling Services (UCS) at California State University, Northridge is a member of APPIC (Association of Psychology Post-Doctoral and Internship Centers). We utilize the uniform psychology internship application (AAPI Online) developed by APPIC and only accept applications that are submitted electronically via the APPIC "AAPI Online" service.

Please access the AAPI Online through the APPIC website.

A complete application for our internship program includes the following materials.  Please note that the AAPI Online includes all of these materials.

  • Cover letter. Please explain why you believe you would be a good fit with our internship program. Be specific about your goals for the internship year and how you believe our training program would help you meet your goals.
  • An up-to-date, complete Curriculum Vita including descriptions of experience and content, location and hours of clinical training.
  • Copies of transcripts of all graduate work.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which are to be authored by supervisors who can speak with familiarity and specificity about your psychotherapy skills. One letter must be authored by a current supervisor.


Applicants for our pre-doctoral internship must meet the following minimum requirements.

  • Enrollment in a doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology that requires internship training
  • Completion of all required coursework and supervised practicum prior to the starting date of internship
  • Completion of 500 clinical/direct contact practicum hours
  • Successful completion of comprehensive examinations prior to the ranking deadline for the APPIC Match
  • Certified as ready for internship by their doctoral programs

In addition to the minimum requirements outlined above, the intern selection committee takes into consideration the preferred qualifications for applicants. These qualifications include:

  • APA or CPA accredited doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology.
  • Completion of 1000 total practicum hours.
  • Interest in and experience working in a university/college counseling center setting.
  • Interest in and experience providing individual short-term therapy, group therapy, outreach and consultation.
  • Interest in and experience providing crisis intervention and management.
  • Strong interest in and commitment to multiculturalism and diversity as well as experience in working with diverse clients.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively.


Our application deadline is November 6, 2015. Your AAPI Online application must be complete and electronically submitted to us by that date.

Selection process

The following is a summary of our selection process.

  • Applications should be received by our deadline in November.
  • The Coordinator of Training reviews all applications to identify applications that meet minimum requirements.
  • Two members of the intern selection committee review every completed application identified by the Coordinator of Training to meet minimum requirements.
  • Upon review of all eligible applications, the intern selection committee discusses applicants and determines which to invite for an interview.
  • Applicants will receive an e-mail indicating whether or not they have been selected to interview by December 18, 2015. In accordance with APPIC policies, we notify all applicants of their interview status if they submitted a complete application.
  • Applicants selected to interview will be contacted to schedule an interview. Both on-site and telephone interviews are available.
  • Interviews will be conducted throughout January 2016.
  • Interviews are approximately 90 minutes and include structured questions, a role-play based on a vignette, and an opportunity for applicants to ask questions.

Please feel free to contact the Coordinator of Training if you have any questions or wish to speak to a current intern at any time during the throughout the process.

APPIC guidelines

Our intern selection process follows all guidelines of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and participates in the APPIC Match. Therefore, we agree 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.

Please register for the National Matching Process. Our Program Code Number for the APPIC Match is 212911.

APA accreditation

Our internship program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Any inquiries regarding the accreditation status of our internship training program should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation at the following address.

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

Phone: (202) 336-5979

If you have any questions about our training program or the application process, please contact: 

Julie L. Pearce, Psy.D.
Acting Director/Coordinator of Training
University Counseling Services
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St., Bayramian Hall, Room 520
Northridge, CA 91330-8217

Phone: (818) 677-4073
FAX: (818) 677-7910
E-mail: julie.pearce@csun.edu 

Please note, a background check (including a 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 or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, CSUN strives to create a community in which a diverse population can work, teach and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights of each individual. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, medical information, marital status, or veteran status. For more information about the University, check our website: http://www.csun.edu/.