Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data


To qualify for consideration the applicant must:

  • Be enrolled for a minimum of three years in an APA accredited psychology training program.
  • Have completed all coursework (by the application deadline).
  • Be certified as ready for internship by the program’s  DCT.
  • Have a minimum of 400 hours of supervised direct service (individual and group treatment) at the doctoral level.
  • Have a minimum of 30 hours Assessment experience at the doctoral level.
  • Passed comprehensive exams (by the application deadline).
  • Successfully proposed their dissertation (by the application  deadline).
  • Be able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Participate in the APPI-online as administered by the National Matching Service.
  • Demonstrate interest and experience in university counseling center work.

Policy Regarding Academic Programs Requesting Additional Evaluation Materials:

MSU CAPS evaluations are comprehensive in nature, based on our program’s training model, aims and the national benchmarks established by our profession. Twice per year the MSU CAPS Training Director sends an email to your DCT summarizing performance to date along with a copy of the completed evaluation. MSU CAPS will not complete additional contracts or evaluations. Your program may choose to use the data from our evaluations to complete their own forms. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your DCT and/or the MSU CAPS Training Director if you have any questions about this policy.

Application Psychology Internship August 2018– August 2019

Our application deadline is November 15, 2017

Please use the National Matching Services web tools to send your completed application file to Michigan State University Counseling Center (136911)

Selection Process

Following is a summary of our selection process:

  • The selection committee reviews your materials, and you will be sent an e-mail notifying you of your status no later than December 15.
  • Applicants who are invited to interview are sent directions on how to schedule their interview. We offer Skype or on-site interviews.
  • Interviews last about 45 minutes and are structured as follows:
  • Brief introductions followed by you sharing your hopes for the internship year and describing your learning style.
  • You will present a brief clinical case.
  • You will respond to an ethical scenario that we provide.
  • Then you have the opportunity to ask us questions.
  • In late January and early February, the Training Director conducts “follow-up” communication with each applicant who interviewed. This is NOT another interview. It is an opportunity to answer any last minute questions.

Our selection process follows all Association of Psychology Post-Doctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) guidelines. In particular, 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.

If you have any questions about our program or the application process, please feel free to contact the Training Director, J. Tawa Sina, Ph.D.

Post-Match Requirement

In compliance with the Michigan Mental Health Code, after matching but before securing employment with the Michigan State University Counseling Center, the doctoral intern must pass a criminal background check conducted by the university at no charge to the doctoral intern.  Click here  for more information.

Applicants who match to our program but do not successfully pass this background check will be dismissed from the internship (see APPIC Match Policy 4a).

Doctoral interns must be in “good standing” in their academic program prior to and during the internship. It is the intern’s responsibility to inform the MSU CAPS Training Director if such standing is in question or if it changes.


  • Salary of $24,000.00/year paid on the last day of each month.
  • Psychology interns are covered by the University’s comprehensive health, dental, and prescription plans. Coverage for spouse, domestic partner and/or dependent children is available with some plans. Employee contribution may be required. Click here for more information.
  • Optional benefits such as Life and Disability are available for purchase through the MSU Office of Human Resources.
  • Twenty-four days of paid leave (12 Personal/Sick/Vacation, 9 University Holidays, 3 Professional Development.
  • In the event of a medical condition and/or family need that requires extended leave the program provides reasonable unpaid leave in excess of time off and sick leave, However, the program does not extend internship beyond the 12 month time frame.
  • Personal office with computer system loaded with Windows, Microsoft Office, Logitech webcams, Internet access, and Titanium.
  • Free or low cost university support service such as: library privileges, statistical support, recreational facilities, faculty/staff parking, and faculty housing.
  • An opportunity to apply for the Dressel Award given to outstanding psychology interns who make a contribution to forwarding cultural awareness and social justice.
  • Professional development funds (the amount is contingent on annual budget decisions).
  • Michigan’s outdoor recreational assets make it a favorite destination. Its forests contain more species of trees than exist in all of Europe, and Michigan’s “third coast” boasts over 1700 miles of shoreline (longer than the Eastern seaboard of the United States).
  • Lansing’s central location and reasonable cost of living make it an attractive place to live.


Admission Data

IN THE LAST 3 YEARS, THE NUMBER OF: 2016-2017 2015-2016 2014-2013
Applicants to program: 117* 63 61
Applicants Submitted on APPIC rank order list: 29* 26 24
Interns who Entered the Program as Full-Time : 4 4 4
Inters who Were funded: 4 4 4

*Indicates applications in both phase I & II

Intern Demographic Data

African-American/Black F 1
M 1
American Indian-Alaska Native F
Asian F 1 1
Hispanic-Latino F
Native Hawaiian – Other Pacific Islander F
White F 2 1
M 2 1
Non-Hispanic Multi-Ethnic F 1 1
Not Reported F
TOTAL NUMBER (above rows only) F 2 4 3
M 2 0 1
Disability self-identification





LBGTQ self-identification 3





Foreign Nationals





Initial Post Internship Data

The total number of interns in the past 3 cohorts is 12.  Of those, 0 did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral programs/arte completing dissertations.



Initial Employment Setting


Initial Job Title


2015 -16


University Counseling Center Post Doc
University Counseling Center Staff Clinician
University Counseling Center Post Doc
University Counseling Center


Staff Clinician




Veteran Affairs Medical Center Post Doc
Academic University Department Assistant Professor
Independent Practice Setting Staff Clinician
Independent Practice Setting


Staff Clinician


2013-2014 Independent Practice Setting Staff Clinician
University Counseling Center Contractual Staff
Independent Practice Setting Staff Clinician
University Counseling Center Staff Clinician