Program Information: Counseling & Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1547
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Pennsylvania State University
Department: Counseling & Psychological Services
Address: 501 Student Health Center
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802-4601
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 135 miles east of Pittsburgh, 193 miles west of Philadelphia
Phone: 814-863-0395x
Fax: 814-863-9610
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Shannan Smith-Janik
Chief Psychologist:
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 12
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/08/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35568
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): University Holidays and Retirement Benefits included
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Over the course of the week interns typically spend 1 to 1.5 hours in triage phone screenings, 2 hours in urgent evaluations, 0-2 hours per week performing assessments, 3 hours per week in group psychotherapy (2 groups) and approximately 12 hours per week in individual counseling appointments of various types. In addition interns spend approximately 11-12 hours weekly receiving training and supervision. Remaining time is spent in staff meetings, completing clinical documentation, and consultation.
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: 11/10/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/06/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Applicants will be notified by the Training Director via email by Monday, December 6, 2021 as to whether they are being invited for an interview or not. We typically interview about 38 applicants for 4 positions.

All interviews will be done virtually and will be conducted via Zoom. Interviews will be three hours in length and will occur from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. OR from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The "official interview" is a structured 45-minute interview with a set series of questions. The Assistant Director, Training participates in all official interviews, along with two other staff members who rotate. All senior staff who are involved in the Doctoral Internship Training Program participate in a certain number of these interviews.

We also provide an opportunity to meet informally in three 1/2-hour meetings with three other members of our training staff. These are not structured interviews and are provided to help applicants learn about the program, provide a forum for applicants to ask questions and generally get a feel for our site and our staff members.

Finally, we provide an opportunity for applicants to meet with a current intern or one of our post-doctoral fellows who recently completed internship at our site. This will involve a 1/2-hour meeting with the current/former intern so that the applicant can hear the intern/former intern's perspective on their training experience at our site and ask any questions they might have.

We will be conducting interviews four days in December (Monday, December 13th, Tuesday, December 14th, Thursday, December 16th, and Friday, December 17th) as well as the first two weeks of January, but there are a limited number of interviews available each day. The appointment times will be given away on a first come first serve basis. We will finish all interviews by Friday, January 14th.



How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Antioch University-Los Angeles, Ball State University, Catholic University, Cleveland State University, Duquesne University, Florida Institute of Technology, George Fox University, George Mason University, Hofstra University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, Loyola University of Maryland, Miami University of Ohio, Midwestern University, Oklahoma State University, Penn State University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Roosevelt University, Texas Tech University, University of Akron, University of Nebraska, University at Albany - SUNY, University of Kentucky, University of Virginia, West Virginia University, Wheaton College, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, The Wright Institute
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: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 350
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 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: AAPI on-line, Vita, grad transcripts, 3 reference letters . At least two letters should be from supervisors familiar with the applicant's most recent clinical work. At least one letter of reference must be from someone in applicant's doctoral program. Practicum hours include Masters and Doctoral hours. Assessment experience is required, but there is not a minimum number of hours expected. Please see our Doctoral Internship website information for additional details. Matched interns must pass a background check.
Program Description

Penn State's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a full-time 12-month doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology designed to provide high quality training in the multiple functions carried out at a major university counseling center. The overarching goal of our internship program is the training of “generalists”, highly competent and versatile professionals, who keep abreast of changes in the field and who use this information to inform their clinical practice. The objective of the internship program is to train psychologists whose expertise extends to a variety of clinical domains, including individual and group counseling/psychotherapy, intake, urgent evaluation and follow-up, alcohol and other drug counseling, assessment and diagnosis, multicultural counseling, research in an applied setting, consultation/outreach, supervision, and other activities appropriate to the setting (e.g. collaboration with other disciplines). Training also facilitates the development of profession-wide competencies as outlined in the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology through APA. These areas include research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, communication and interpersonal skills, assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills. Professional development is fostered within a service-delivery system that has a long tradition of dedication to excellence in training. The Program has been APA-accredited for over 30 years. Our last site visit was in 2013 and we received accreditation for seven years. Our 2020 site visit for renewal of accreditation has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is anticipated to occur in 2022.  All programs currently accredited and waiting on their site visit will maintain accreditation.

CAPS is the primary mental health and personal counseling resource for the over 47,000 students at Penn State's University Park Campus. During the 2020-2021 Academic Year our staff had contact with over 3,200 Penn State students for a total of approximately 18,700 contacts. These numbers are commensurate with the change in number of students receiving mental health services at college and university counseling centers nationwide since the beginning of COVID-19 according to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (, 2021). In a typical year, nearly 10% of all students at Penn State use our services for a wide variety of developmental and mental health concerns.

Typical presenting concerns include interpersonal difficulties, depression, anxiety, lack of motivation or concentration, poor academic performance, eating disorders, and trauma. Less typical but frequently seen concerns include more severe mental health difficulties (e.g. Bipolar Disorder, psychosis).  Interns can work clinically and via outreach services with a culturally diverse student body. CAPS also offers an extensive group therapy program, with about 25-30 groups per semester. Opportunities exist for an optional summer rotation at Career Services on campus. Please refer to our website for a complete description of our program.


All Penn State CAPS staff, inclding trainees, are on site working from their campus offices. Trainees are providing a mix of tele and in person services this Fall 2021 semester. Provision of psychological assessment services will occur during the Spring and Summer 2022 semesters. Trainings seminars are being conducted tele or in person depending on the seminar. Individual psychotherapy supervision is provided in person. Additional group supervision opportunities are provided tele or in person.  

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Low income:

Treatment Modalities

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


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

Please see our website information for a deailed description of clinical and supervision experiences offered (

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
Number of Completed Applications: 94 87 74 61 68
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 37 38 38 38 38
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 4 2 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 0 2 2 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 2 3 4 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 2 1 0 1
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 2 5 5 5 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 42 19 17 17 18
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 3 1 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 3 4 4 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 3 4 4 4 3
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 1
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0