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, Merced, Coalinga, Porterville
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: Melissa Sheffield
Chief Psychologist: Dale White
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 26
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 10
Position Information
Start Date: 07/26/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 30
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 21000
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 within the Consortium work in inpatient and/or outpatient settings. They provide group therapy, psychoeducation groups, individual therapy, crisis intervention, safety planning, and psychological assessments. Interns participate in multidisciplinary treatment team meetings and case consultation. They also participate in weekly group and individual supervision and attend site-specific and Consortium wide didactics.
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: 11/15/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/15/2023
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 to be projected; projection should include 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, specifying reasons for wanting to place at the specific site.  Cover letters should be uploaded into a single document.

Please address your cover letter to the following Training Directors: Alvarado Parkway Institute, Dr. Carrie Morrison; Aurora Behavioral Healthcare, Dr. Susan Rindt; Department of State Hospitals Coalinga, Dr. Catherine Sanchez; Porterville Developmental Center, Dr. Diana Herva; San Quentin State Prison, Dr. Jacob Schmidt; State Center Community College District, Dr. Samuel Montano; W. Gary Cannon Psychological Service Center, Dr. Dale White. U.C. Merced is taking a moratorium on accepting interns this cycle. 


In addition to the APPI application materials, applicants applying to DSH-Coalinga must submit the state application, form STD 678, no later than November 15th.  Please contact the site training director at for the links to the current year’s application.  Please note that two applications will be required, one for the exam and one for the vacancy.  These forms are required in order to secure an interview and are in addition to the requirements outlined in the general APPI process.  Per rules set by the California State Personnel Board, all applicants must submit a standard State of California application (STD 678) This application should be completed online. STD 678 is not to be uploaded with the APPI. APPIC has approved the use of the STD 678 as an additional document for California Department of State Hospital internships.

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 or virtual 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, they 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 they have 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, Rosemead School of Psychology, California Baptist University, Cailfornia Lutheran University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Nova Southeastern University, and others.
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 California Psychology Internship Consortium (CPIC, or the Consortium) represents a partnership between the Alvarado Parkway Institute (API), Aurora Behavioral Health, Department of State Hospitals-Coalinga, Porterville Developmental Center, San Quentin State Prison, State Center Community College District, W. Gary Cannon 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 $21,000 per year to $49,392 per year.  Specifically, the following are the annual stipends associated with each site:  API: $32,240; Aurora: $32,240; PDC: $41,976; SCCCD: $25,000; DSH-C: $49,392; PSC: $21,000; SQSP: $45,000, 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: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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 2023-2024
Number of Completed Applications: 124 134 149 110 81 104 189
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 62 73 71 86 62 79 150
Total number of interns: 25 26 29 24 26 31 32
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 20 26 29 24 26 31 32
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 4 5 9 8 7
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 23 25 19 14 23 25
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 26 29 23 25 31 32
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 1 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 10 10 11 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 25 25 22 55
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 3
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 1
Hospital/Medical Center: 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 1
Psychiatric facility: 2
Correctional facility: 2
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 4
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0