|Interview process description:
Applicants must access the “AAPI Online” to create and submit their internship applications. Go to http://www.Appic.org and click on “AAPI Online”. The application deadline for our program is Thursday, November 11, 2021.
We require three letters of recommendation. It is our preference that recommenders use the APPIC Form for Letters of Recommendation available on the AAPI website, but will accept traditional letters if that is not possible
International Students, if offered an interview, will be asked to provide a letter from their academic institution indicating that they are eligible for CPT or OPT. In addition, the OPT/CPT process needs to be facilitated through the intern’s academic program or institution. As our university cannot provide sponsorship, we ask that applicants provide this letter to avoid matching with an applicant that our institution is unable to hire.
Applicants will be notified by email of their interview status by December 10, 2021. Interviews will take place by Zoom video during the first 2 to 3 weeks of January. While we understand that some applicants may prefer an in-person interview, in an effort to give all interviewees a fair and consistent interview experience and to help keep costs down for applicants, we do not offer any in-person interviews. If applicants would like to visit our center to aid them in determining whether we would be a good fit for them, they may request an informal visit to the center to meet with a current intern and a limited number of available staff members. Informal visits do not factor into selection decisions; consistent with this, we prefer that any informal visits be conducted after the formal interview via Zoom. In addition, contact information for current interns can be provided upon request.
Policy Regarding Academic Programs Requesting Additional Contracts and/or Evaluations
The Counseling Services psychology internship program at the UHCL endorses the APPIC Match process as binding. Counseling Services therefore does not enter into additional training contracts or written training agreements beyond what is required to participate in Match. If an applicant’s academic program requires such a contract, they are strongly encouraged to consult with the Director of Clinical Training (DCT) about this requirement now. If they indicate that they require such contracts and are unwilling to waive this requirement then the application will not be considered. Similarly, interns at UHCL Counseling Services receive ongoing formative and summative evaluative feedback from supervisors throughout the training year. These evaluations are based on our program's philosophy of training, training model, and the standards and competencies that define the internship. At mid-year and again at the end of the year the internship Training Director sends the academic program DCT a letter summarizing the intern's performance to date and a copy of their evaluation. Therefore, if an applicant is enrolled in an academic training program that requires additional departmental program evaluations, these will not be completed by Counseling Services training staff at UHCL. The academic program may choose to use the data from our evaluations to complete their own forms. Again, applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with their DCT if there are any questions about such requirements to see if they are eligible to apply to our site.