Department : Counseling and Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2279
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Carnegie Mellon University
Department: Counseling and Psychological Services
Address: 1060 Morewood Avenue
Morewood Gardens - E Tower, Room 236
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Pittsburgh, PA
Distance from Major City: 180 miles west of Washington DC; 165 miles west of Columbus, OH;
Phone: 412-268-2922
Fax: 412-268-4084
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Mengchun Chiang
Chief Psychologist: Shane Chaplin
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 8
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/31/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 38000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Psychology interns enjoy full benefits as CMU staff: Psychology interns are eligible to receive $300 professional development funds for DEI activities
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns typically work 8.30-5pm on Monday to Friday, with occasional professional duties outside of the typical work week (e.g., outreach programming, specialized group, etc.). In an average week, interns are scheduled 15-17 hours of clinical activities, including individual psychotherapy and group therapy, in addition to a 4-hour time-block for triage activities. Interns additionally provide outreach services throughout the training year. With regards to supportive activities, interns receive an average of 4 hours of supervisions weekly (individual, group, & triage supervisions, and supervision of peer supervision), and an average of 4 hours of training and professional development activities per week. The training and professional development activities vary and rotate throughout the training year, including the following: didactic seminar, psychiatric rounds, the Decolonizing Critical Consciousness seminar, the trainee clinical discussion group, the trauma seminar, interns’ peer support group, and other training activities. Interns also participate in weekly staff meetings and other center-wide staff enrichment activities (e.g., fun and lunch gatherings). To ensure psychological and physical safety, CaPS training activities will follow CMU's safety guideline, likely offering a hybrid model in the context navigating the ongoing impact of COVID-19. Please feel free to reach out to inquire further with relevant concerns.
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: 11/15/2023
Interviews at this site are:
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/22/2023
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2024; 01/05/2024; 01/08/2024; 01/09/2024
Interview process description:

Interviews may be held during the last week of December 2023 and the first to third weeks of January 2024; applicants will be notified by phone or email. Applicants may plan to save one day for the interviews. Applicants will have a chance to meet CaPS staff, current interns, and  other applicants. Interviews are held virtually with virtual open house options. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Alliant International University, American School of Professional Psychology Argosy, Carlow University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chatham University, Duquesne University, Fielding Graduate University, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, George Washington University, Marywood University, Meadaille College, Texas Woman's University, Wright Institute, Howard University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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): 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 Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-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:
Program Description

Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) is the primary mental health support for students and the university community at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Psychology interns will have the opportunity to work with a range of clinical concerns and diverse student population enrolled at CMU. Interns are trained as generalists and accure 2000-hour at the end of the training year. While the training is directly applicable for UCC work, the skills are readily transferable to other settings. Service activities include individual and group therapy, intakes, triage, crisis intervention, case management, consultation, supervision, and outreach for students, staff, and faculty. 

CaPS offers a range of seminar and professional development activities throughout the training year, including didactic seminar, the Decolonizing Critical Consciousness seminar, the trainee clinical discussion group, case conference, the trauma seminar, interns’ peer support group, individual supervision, triage and crisis supervision, supervision of supervision, psychiatric rounds, and other training activities. 

Candidates with specific interests in the intersection of UCC work, depth oriented/human centered psychotherapy, and social justice aspiration are encouraged to apply. Consistent with CaPS DEI Mission, the training program strives to offer a training environment that acknowledges and takes steps to ameliorate the impact of the system on historically marginalized groups. The training program welcomes candidates who bring intersectional identities to be a part of the center. Individuals with open curiosity, interests in giving and receiving feedback, and flexibility will be the best fit for this program.

If a candidate believes they would be a good fit for the training program but have not yet met one of the minimum requirements, such as the hours, the candidate is still encouraged to apply and to address in the cover letter how they are a good fit for the training program despite not yet meeting a requirement. The potential impact of COVID-19 will be taken into consideration with hours accrual as it is understandable that Candidates' abilities to acquire direct contact may have been greatly impacted.   

CMU CaPS has completed the APA site-visit on 10/10/2023. CMU CaPS is not currently an APA accredited site, and there is no ganrantee that we will become accredited .   

Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: Experience (21% to 30%)
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: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : Exposure (1% to 20%)
Other: Social Justice Aspiration


Health Psychology:
Women's Health: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
School: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Administration: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty: Exposure (1% to 20%)

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: 20 17 12 13 26 36 21
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 15 14 7 11 15 18 13
Total number of interns: 3 3 2 2 3 0 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 3 2 2 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 2 1 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 1 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 0
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
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: 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0