Department : Counseling and Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1161
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of California, Santa Cruz
Department: Counseling and Psychological Services
Address: 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 30 miles west of San Jose; 70 miles south of San Francisco
Phone: 831-459-2120
Fax: 831-459-5116
Training Director Email:
Co-Training Director Email:
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • University Counseling Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: MaryJan Murphy
Chief Psychologist: MaryJan Murphy
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 08/19/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 42000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Dissertation release time during breaks.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Each day can be different; A day can include 3 initial assessments, two clinical follow-ups, a therapy group, and supervision. Another typical day could include a four and a half hour crisis shift, one clinical follow-up, and a staff meeting or an intern training seminar. Every three weeks the intern may conduct an outreach program.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
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: 11/14/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/15/2023
Tentative interview date: 1/3/2024, 1/4/2024, 1/5/2024
Interview process description:

Phase 1: Application Screening
In our application screening process, members of the selection committee screen application files with respect to applicant background information, basic requirements met (doctoral degree in progress, 500 intervention hours, advanced to candidacy, comprehensive exams grade before early January), and stated goals and match with the training opportunities available in our training program. Other specific criteria which are considered in the screening process include the applicant's current transcripts of graduate coursework and letters of recommendation from three people who have supervised the applicant's performance, with at least two from previous clinical supervisors. After application files have been screened and rated, the selection committee meets to discuss which applicants will be considered for a zoom or telephone interview in our second phase of intern selection. Applicants are notified by email about whether or not they will be invited for a zoom or telephone interview with the program.

Phase 2: Applicant Interviewing
A select group of applicants are asked to participate in a 40 minute zoom or telephone interview with a standard set of questions in early January, often the first week of January.   We interview approximately 30 candidates for the 3 intern positions.  We do not conduct any on-site interviews in order to provide equitable access for all applicants. After the interviews are completed, the selection committee discusses the candidate's interview and integrates this information with the application screening in order to rank the candidate for the APPIC Match List. Criteria we consider from the interview include interest and goals that appropriately match the internship training program, ethical conduct, a sound theoretical and academic foundation for effective clinical skills, and demonstrated sensitivity to multicultural issues and interest in working with a diverse student population. Preference is given to applicants who have previous experience working in a University counseling Center.  After the interviews are completed, candidates are encouraged to call or email current interns or staff if they desire to gather more information about the internship program.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Please see website for list of past interns at our site.
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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Does your program require applicants to submit supplemental materials (i.e., an assessment report and/or a case/treatment summary):
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
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not 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: Final acceptance to the UCSC-CAPS doctoral internship training program is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation (fingerprint scans) and credentialing process prior to the commencement of the internship.
Program Description

Our APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship Program in Health Service Psychology in Counseling and Psychological Services at UC Santa Cruz offers supervised experiences for individuals who are interested in developing clinical, outreach, and consultation skills with a diverse university population. Our training program is strongly committed to the development of psychologists sensitive to and able to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and to a community psychology model of intervention. The goal of our training is to support the development of interns as entry-level psychologists who are generalists with special expertise in college student mental health. Our philosophy of training emphasizes that interns are professionals-in-training, and they provide the same variety of clinical and primary prevention services as do permanent staff, under supervision. The program utilizes an apprenticeship mentoring model of training where the intern learns by working with experienced staff members conducting the full range of activities carried out by a University psychologist. The multidisciplinary and diverse CAPS staff have varied theoretical orientations, and are committed to providing a high quality educational experience within a student services agency. Although there is no prevailing theoretical orientation, we hope the intern can incorporate learning from various staff to expand, refine, and deepen both their theoretical knowledge and repertoire of skills. The major training and educational goals of our internship include: 1) developing a broad range of clinical skills necessary to practice psychology; 2)  developing multicultural competence in psychological service delivery to a diverse university population; and 3) developing a professional identity as a psychologist.  Our program trains interns on the nine profession-wide competencies of assessment, intervention, consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, indication interpersonal skills, supervision, and research.




Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
People without housing:

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology:
Women's Health: Experience (21% to 30%)
Eating Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Serious Mental Illness: Experience (21% to 30%)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Experience (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
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%)
Integrated health care - primary: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications: 99 193 163 80 90 93
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 31 34 36 29 30 29 30
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 0 3 0 0 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 3 0 3 3 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 3 0 3 3 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 0 3 0 0 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 9 25 14 88 9 3 0
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2022-2023 2023-2024
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0 0
Consortium: 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0 0
Psychiatric facility: 0 0
Correctional facility: 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0
School district/system: 0 0
Independent practice setting: 0 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0 0
Link to Program's Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data: