Department : Howard University Counseling Service

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1191
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Howard University
Department: Howard University Counseling Service
Address: The Harriet Tubman Quadrangle
2401 4th Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20059
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
Distance from Major City: Not Applicable
Phone: 202-806-6870x
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: Jessica Desalu
Chief Psychologist: Stacey Jackson-Lampley Ph.D.
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2024
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: 34999
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Release time for personal psychotherapy
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The typical work day for Howard University Counseling Service (HUCS) interns varies, but usually includes direct service hours (intake interviewing, individual counseling and psychotherapy, group counseling, crisis intervention, outreach, supervision of practicum students); supervision in individual and group formats; and didactic seminars (group, psychoanalytic). In addition to direct service in clinical activities, HUCS interns also co-teach a graduate level counseling skills laboratory during the first semester. Also, most direct service hours take place at Howard University Counseling Service with a diverse undergraduate, graduate, and professional student population; but HUCS interns also complete rotational placements in forensic assessment at the DC Superior Court Child Guidance Clinic and inpatient psychiatry at Howard University Hospital. Each component (individual therapy, group counseling, outreach, teaching, assessment, inpatient psychiatry) includes a separate supervision focused on that respective component. As our budget allows, we typically fund up to three conferences during the training year.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
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: 11/06/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/21/2023
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Selected applicants are invited for interviews via email notification. Interviews are typically held from early January until the mid-to-end of January. This year, we will host virtual interviews. Interviewees meet with the Training Director and other members of the training staff. Some portions of the interview are one-on-one and some portions are conducted with multiple members of the training staff.  Interviewees may meet with current interns depending on interns' availability and/or are given current interns' contact information. The interview process is approximately 2-2.5 hours.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adelphi University (Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology) Argosy University, DC (Psy.D.-Clinical Psychology) Bowling Green (Ph.D.-Clinical) California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco (Ph.D.-Clinical Psychology) Catholic University (Ph.D.- Clinical Psychology) Chicago School of Professional Psychology-DC Campus Divine Mercy University (Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology) Duquesne University (Ph.D.-Clinical Psychology) Fordham University, Lincoln Center (Ph.D.-Counseling Psychology) Gallaudet University (Ph.D.-Clinical Psychology) George Washington University Psy.D.-Clinical Psychology) Georgia School of Professional Psychology-Argosy Atlanta (Psy.D.-Clinical) Howard University (Ph.D.-Counseling Psychology) Immaculata University (Psy.D.-Clinical Psychology) James Madison University (Psy.D.-Clinical and School Combined) New Mexico State University (Ph.D.-Counseling Psychology) New York University, Ph.D.-Counseling Psychology) Syracuse University (Ph.D.-Clinical Psychology) University of Hartford Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology (Psy.D.-Clinical Psychology) University of Virginia (Ph.D-Clinical and School Combined) University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D.-Counseling Psychology) Virginia Commonwealth University (Ph.D.-Counseling Psychology) Wright Institute (Psy.D. -Clinical Psychology)
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: No
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: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
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: Prior to the start date of internship, Howard University's Human Resources department requires a background check. Also, the rotation at the Child Guidance Clinic within the DC Superior Court requires a separate background check prior to the start date of internship. Please see Howard University's pandemic response which includes vaccination requirements.
Program Description

The Howard University Counseling Service Internship training program uses a practitioner-scholar model to prepare interns to be well-rounded, entry level psychologists with competencies in working with diverse populations. A minimum of 400 intervention hours is required of applicants. Also, a background in psychological assessment is preferred, given the required rotation in assessment at the DC Superior Court Child Guidance Clinic.

Interns complete one full year of specialized training in the substantive area of clinical/counseling psychology. A degree of self disclosure is expected. The work load is as follows:Direct Service Activities,Training Activities, Administrative Activities, Professional Development, Teaching, and Supervision. Our program utilizes a psychodynamic theoretical orientation, brief and long term therapy models, and includes special training in group therapy. The core training program consists of learning experiences in the following areas at HUCS: individual and group counseling and therapy, intake interviewing, University outreach, teaching, and supervision. 

There are also 3 rotational placements. One rotatoin is at Howard University Hospital's Inpatient Psychiatry Unit -1 halfday  per week for 4 months. On this rotation interns learn about inpatient treatment and diagnoses. Another  rotation is a forensic assessment rotation and takes place at the District of Columbia Superior Court's Child Guidance Clinic- one day every other week for 6 months interns conduct psychological assessments. Integrative reports are generally due on a weekly basis during the 6-month rotation. The third rotation is a two-month rotation based on individual choice. In the past, interns have chosen rotations in assessment, outreach, trauma, group, administration, etc. The program also includes a montly or biweekly research seminar second semester or during the summer months, a psychopharmacology seminar, and annual Diversity and professional development opportunities. 

Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: Experience (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Experience (21% to 30%)
Other: Teaching


Health Psychology:
Women's Health: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
HIV/AIDS: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Child: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: Experience (21% to 30%)
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Administration: Experience (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary:
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: 65 58 54 79 86 70 80
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 34 31 31 39 33 35 42
Total number of interns: 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: 2 2 1 1 2 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 2 2 1 3 2
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 2 3 2 2 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
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 6 8 12 4 0 (due to Covid-19, the interns did not conduct assessments) 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 38 22 35 33 0 (due to Covid-19, the interns did not conduct assessments) 10
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 1
Hospital/Medical Center: 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 0
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 1
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0