Department : Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center at Virginia Tech

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1604
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Virginia Tech
Department: Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center at Virginia Tech
Address: 220 Gilbert St.
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Approximately 27 miles southwest of Roanoke, VA
Phone: 540-231-6557
Fax: 540-231-2104
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: Laura Miller
Chief Psychologist: Sarah Jones
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: 08/10/2024
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: 40501
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Retirement
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns provide direct counseling services to university students as well as consultation and outreach services to the university community. Interns can expect to provide intake and ongoing therapy, group counseling, crisis management, and psychological assessment. In addition, interns are involved in training activities such as seminars and supervision that account for approximately 50% of their work week.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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: 11/01/2023 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: 01/04/2024, 01/05/2024, 01/08/2024, 01/09/2024
Interview process description:

Applicants remaining under consideration are notified via email and offered an opportunity to interview. Interviews will be scheduled during early January, and conducted via Zoom. Applicants needing further accomodations should contact the Training Director.

Interviews follow a standard format. Each applicant meets briefly with small teams of interviewers rotating through a conference call, as well as separately with the Training Director and the current interns. Interviewees are welcome to contact specific staff directly if they have additional questions after their interview.

Interviewees should be prepared to answer general questions about their interest and preparation, as well as respond to practice-based questions such as clinical scenarios and role plays.  

In adherence to university policy, matched applicants must subsequently complete a university employment application and the successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: American School of Professional Psychology - Virginia, University of Arkansas, Baylor University, California School of Professional Psychology - Fresno,Carlos Albizu University, Catholic University, Central Michigan University, Chatham University, Colorado State University, University of Florida, Florida State University, Fordham University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Georgia School of Professional Psychology, George Mason University, George Washington University, Georgia Southern University, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, Indiana University, Indiana State University, University of Indianapolis, James Madison University, University of Kentucky, Lehigh University, Loyola - Maryland, Marshall University, University of Maryland, University of Memphis, University of Missouri - Columbia, University of Missouri - Kansas City, National Louis University, University of North Dakota, University of North Texas, University of Northern Colorado, Nova Southeastern University, Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University, Pacific University, Purdue University, Radford University, Regent University, University of South Carolina, Southern Illinois University, Springfield College, Stanford Consortium, SUNY - Albany, Texas A&M University, Uniformed Services University, Utah State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Consortium, Virginia Tech, Wichita State University, Wright State 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):
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):
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited 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: A criminal background check is required of interns matched with the program as a condition of employment at Virginia Tech. Matched interns must also complete a Virginia Tech Human Resources application as part of their onboarding process.
Program Description

The doctoral internship in health service psychology offered at Cook Counseling Center at Virginia Tech provides excellent preparation for generalist, entry-level psychologists who wish to pursue a career in a university counseling center, or in such venues as private practice or outpatient mental health services.

The training program follows a practitioner-scholar model of psychology training that emphasizes the practice of counseling and psychotherapy informed by scientific and scholarly inquiry. To this end, the training program employs a variety of modalities that include a structured and sequenced seminar series, experiential activities, and supervised clinical experiences intended to promote the acquisition of practice skills as well as the development of critical thinking. Interns are encouraged to engage in applied research focusing on addressing questions directly suggested by experiences encountered in clinical practice. Interns are also encouraged to be critical, informed consumers of research with an eye toward clinical applications of scientific findings.

Cook Counseling Center provides an environment that is both supportive and challenging to interns as they acquire new skills and reach new levels of personal and professional growth. Interns are seen as emerging professionals and are included in most staff activities. Interns have many opportunities to consult with senior staff, and quality of supervision is emphasized by interns receiving a minimum of five hours of supervision per week.

The training program espouses a developmental philosophy with the intent to encourage intern growth and development over the course of the training year in domains relevant to the professional practice of psychology. As such, supervisors strive to assess the interns’ beginning levels of competencies in domains relevant to professional practice and work toward growth in these areas over the course of the internship year.

Complete description available at

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: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: Experience (21% to 30%)
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: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Experience (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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: Experience (21% to 30%)
Religion/Spirituality: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Experience (21% to 30%)
Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Administration: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications: 63 65 51 39 49 54 46
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 32 31 34 31 33 31 32
Total number of interns: 3 4 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 4 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2 3 1 1 0 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 0 2 2 3 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 1 2 1 2 2 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 2 2 1 1 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 0 2 0 1 6 3 7
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 15 6 11 10 41 24 14
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: 3 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: