Application & Selection

Qualifications and Eligibility

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
Preferred Applicants will:
  • Be invested in participating in a training program that values “Multiple Ways of Knowing” and utilizes a Scientist-Practitioner training model.
  • Be interested in training in a center that utilizes a time-limited model of individual treatment
  • Demonstrate a strong and genuine commitment to the study and application of multicultural counseling principles as evidenced by a variety of activities such as coursework, practicum, community or professional service, research, presentations or publications, other life experiences, etc.
Policy Regarding Academic Programs Requesting Additional Evaluation Materials:

MSUCC evaluations are comprehensive in nature, based on our program’s training model, philosophy, goals and objectives, and the national benchmarks established by our profession. Twice per year the MSUCC Training Director sends an email to your DCT summarizing performance to date along with a copy of the completed evaluation. MSUCC 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 MSUCC Training Director if you have any questions about this policy.

Application Psychology Internship August 2016– August 2017

Our application deadline is November 15, 2015 Applicants with a disability who require accommodations for the application process, interview, or training year are encouraged to contact the Training Director for assistance.

Applicants must register through NMS for the APPIC Match and complete the AAPI internship application form.

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 MSUCC Training Director if such standing is in question or if it changes.