Department : California Psychology Internship Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1119
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: California Psychology Internship Consortium Alvarado Prky Institute Aurora Behavioral DSH-Coalinga Porterville Dev Center San Quentin State Prison State Center Community College Sutter Psychiatry Psychological Services Cntr U of Cal-Merced
Department: California Psychology Internship Program
Address: 5130 E. Clinton Way
California, California 93727
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
Distance from Major City: San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno area
Phone: 559-555-5555
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Consortium
Additional Agency Types:
  • Consortium
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Melissa Sheffield
Chief Psychologist: Dale White
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 35
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Position Information
Start Date: 07/28/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 36
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 20000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Both stipends and benefits vary by site. Interns are oriented to available benefits at time of interview.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns administer psychological assessments, engage in individual and group intervention, and participate in supervision.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum Students
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/15/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Optional
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

The Application Process

Prospective interns must have completed their required coursework, supervised practicum and be in good standing with their psychology training program.  Additionally, prospective candidates must have:

•           100 hours of assessment experience.

•           600 hours of practicum experience in settings appropriate for a doctoral level psychology intern (includes assessment experience).

•           Acquired practicum experience at two independent sites.

Hours are projected; including hours to be accrued this training year, prior to beginning internship. 

Interns from both Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs are encouraged to apply. While interns from APA-accredited programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology will be given preference, the Consortium will consider applicants from non-APA accredited programs if coursework is equivalent in breadth and depth to APA-accredited programs.

CPIC is dedicated to providing equal educational opportunities to persons of any age, ethnic background, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. 

Each applicant is required to submit a completed application packet by November 15 through the AAPI website. The packet must include:

  1. A completed application form (AAPI form available at:, including two letters of recommendation.
  2. A current curriculum vitae;
  3. Official graduate program transcripts.

NOTE:  Prospective interns may apply to more than site within the Consortium.  Prospective interns should write an independent cover letter for each site, specifiying reasons for wanting to place at the specific site.  Cover letters should be uploaded into a single document.


In addition to the APPI application materials, applicants applying to DSH-Coalinga must submit state application form STD 678, available at  by no later than November 15th.  This form should be submitted by mail to Personnel Department, Department of State Hospitals – Coalinga, PO Box 5002, Coalinga, CA 93210.  This form confirms the candidate's eligibility for placement with DSH-Coalinga.  It is the first in a two-step state process.  Once qualified for placement through this form, the candidate will receive notification and instructions via e-mail on a second STD 678 that is required in order to secure an interview.  This second form must also be completed and submitted by the 11/15/22 in order for an interview to be granted.  As with the first form, the second form is in addition to the requirements outlined in the general APPI process.

Intern Selection Process

The CPIC intern selection process begins with an evaluation of the candidate’s application packet by the Training Director(s) of the agency or agencies to which the intern has applied.  Through this process, the Training Director(s) rates each application.

Applicants eliminated from consideration during the initial evaluation will be notified in accordance with APPIC policies.

Candidates who pass the initial evaluation will be invited to an in-person interview with a Consortium Agency Training Director.  Under special circumstances, a telephone interview may be permitted.

Once an intern is matched to a Consortium agency, he/she will be notified by the AAPIC matching service.  Within 72 hours thereafter, the intern will receive an official follow-up letter from the Consortium agency with which he/she has been placed.

The CPIC internship begins on the last Friday in July with a luncheon that serves as an orientation for incoming interns and a farewell to the outgoing interns.

The internship is a full-time, one-year program. Interns can take up to four weeks approved leave, including time for illness, vacation and/or research.



How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Alliant International University, Long Island University, The Wright Institute, Adler University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, National University, Pepperdine University, Fielding Graduate University.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 600
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: All offers of internship are contingent upon successfully completing site specific Employment Examinations, health screenings, and security clearance.
Program Description

The Central California Psychology Internship Consortium (CCPIC, or the Consortium) represents a partnership between the Alvarado Parkway Institute (API), Aurora Behavioral Health, DSH-Coalinga, Porterville Developmental Center, San Quentin State Prison, State Center Community College District, Sutter Center for Psychiatry, the Psychological Services Center, and the University of California-Merced

For more detailed information on each Consortium partner, please visit our website at

Site stipends range from $20,000 per year to $41,976 per year.  Specifically, the following are the annual stipends associated with each site:  API: $25,000; Aurora: $27,040; PDC: $41,976; SCCCD: $20,000; DSH-C: $40,000; PSC: $21,000; SCP: $25,000; SQSP: $41,352, UC-Merced: $32,500.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Primary Care: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Pediatrics: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
School: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Counseling: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - specialty:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 124 134 149 110 81
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 62 73 71 86 62
Total number of interns: 25 26 29 24 26
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 20 26 29 24 26
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 4 5 9
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 23 25 19 14
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 26 29 23 25
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 10 10 11
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 25 25 22
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 4 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 2 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 16 22 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 2 4 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 1 1 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 3 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0