Internship in Health Service Psychology

Effective March 24, 2017 our Doctoral Internship program is APA accredited

Thank you for your interest in the Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology (HSP) at the Georgia Southern University Counseling Center!

We will be offering two full-time (12-month) internship positions for the 2018-2019 academic year.  The stipend for the internship is $28,000 annually, paid in monthly increments.  We are now welcoming applications for the 2018-2019 training year.  Additionally, we welcome and encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds. Our internship program is housed at our Statesboro location. 

The internship start date will be August 1, 2018.

The 2000-hour internship program includes opportunities for individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, outreach, research, and participation in campus-wide committees. Currently in our eight year, we are an APPIC member internship program.  We are fully-accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), and is a member of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA).  Our training staff adheres to the ethical principles of the American Psychological Association, and are committed to meeting the needs of all individuals regardless of culture, race, gender, ability, or sexual orientation.

About the Internship

The mission of the Internship Program is to offer high quality training in the practice of health service psychology.  Psychologists who work in a variety of health care settings, including university counseling centers, are recognized as Health Service Providers “…if they are duly trained and experienced in the delivery of preventative, assessment, diagnostic and therapeutic intervention services relative to the psychological and physical health of consumers based on the following: 1) having completed scientific and professional training resulting in a doctoral degree in psychology; 2) having completed an internship and supervised experience in health care settings; and 3) having been licensed as psychologists at the independent practice level” (APA, 1996; HSPEC, 2013, August 5).  The GSU Counseling Center adheres to the principals of the Health Service Psychology Education Collaborative (HSPEC, 2013, August 5). For more information please visit: Health Service Psychology: Preparing Competent Practitioners

The program focuses on application of clinical theory and research and requires interns to learn and abide by ethical, legal, and professional standards of the field. Interns are prepared for generalist entry-level professional practice in college/university counseling centers or similar settings that require skills in individual and group psychotherapy, crisis assessment and intervention, psychoeducational outreach programming, consultation, provision of clinical supervision, and administrative functions. In addition, woven into the program is the belief that every competent practitioner in the field should be guided by sensitivity to individual differences within a diverse society and should practice openness to lifelong learning.

Noted strengths of our program include the provision of supervision, group therapy, crisis counseling, and risk assessment, as well as the integration of multicultural training into all components of the program.  For more information about the Stipend and Benefits, Philosophy of Training, Goals, Objectives, and Competencies, Training Activities, Code of Professional Conduct for Interns, and Procedures for Evaluation, please refer to the Internship Manual 2017-2018.

The Doctoral Internship Program is housed at the Statesboro location of the Counseling Center. 

Diversity Statement

Multiculturalism and diversity, in all forms, are highly valued by the Georgia Southern University Counseling Center staff and comprise a core part of our training and mission.  Our internship program emphasizes acquisition of knowledge and skills related to multiculturalism, and we believe these facets of clinical practice are essential in order to provide ethical and competent services to the diverse University community.  Interns are frequently asked to reflect on their own diversity, to expand their self-awareness regarding cultural diversity and multiculturalism, and to incorporate this into their clinical work and professional identity.  Training seminars and supervision meetings will incorporate various aspects of diversity in hopes of improving cultural competency and promote the understanding that becoming a multiculturally sensitive psychologist is a lifelong process.  Staff will model the lifelong process of increasing cultural competence through their participation in discussions and trainings on diversity issues.  In addition, individual clinical supervision will provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for interns to reflect on their awareness, knowledge, and skills related to diversity as well as to process their reactions to multicultural trainings and discussions that occur within the Center. In the spirit of continual programmatic improvement related to diversity training, interns will be asked to evaluate both their supervisors and the training program in general in terms of how well these diversity training goals are met.

The GSU Counseling Center staff and trainees adhere to the Counsel of Counseling Psychology Training Programs’ (CCPTP) Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity.


  1. Applicants should be currently enrolled in a doctoral program in either counseling psychology or clinical psychology.
  2. Applicants should have successfully passed/completed comprehensive exams prior to applying to the internship program.
  3. Applicants should complete all required doctoral coursework and practica prior to the starting date of the internship.
  4. Applicants should have formal approval of their doctoral dissertation proposal prior to the starting date of the internship.
  5. Applicants must receive certification of their readiness to begin internship from their doctoral programs.
  6. Applicants should have completed a minimum of 400 intervention (direct client contact) hours in a supervised practicum setting, 100+ of which must be clinical experience with adults, and a minimum total of 900 total practicum training hours.
  7. Applicants must demonstrate a genuinely strong interest in counseling center work.
  8. Applicants from APA accredited programs are strongly preferred.

Statement of Nondiscrimination

Georgia Southern University is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability in its recruitment and hiring practices.  The University has established procedures which standardize the recruitment and hiring process thus confirming the University’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy

It is University policy to implement equal opportunity to all employees, students, applicants for employment or admission, and participants in any of the University’s programs.  This policy prohibits any employee, student, or patron from unlawfully harassing, threatening, or physically or verbally abusing another individual with the effect of unreasonably interfering with that person’s work or academic performance.  It is also strictly prohibited to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment.

As an equal opportunity institution, Georgia Southern University is committed to nondiscriminatory practices consistent with federal and state requirements and objectives, including Executive Order 11246, as amended, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1974, Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Act of 1974, as amended, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and their implementing regulations.

The University’s Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office (formerly the Diversity Services Office) releases an annual Affirmative Action Plan, investigates complaints of alleged violations of the rights of persons belonging to protected classes, and helps promote a diverse and welcoming campus climate.  This office can be reached by any of the following methods:

Georgia Southern University will provide reasonable accommodation to all employees, applicants for employment, students, and patrons who have physical and/or mental disabilities. Georgia Southern University will take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment persons who are qualified disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam Era, or other covered veterans.

All University employees are expected to comply with the Institution’s equal opportunity policy and practices and to demonstrate commitment to the University’s equal opportunity objectives. All members of the staff, faculty, and student body are expected to embrace this policy and ensure that the Institution’s commitment to nondiscrimination is followed and upheld.

An individual who reports what is believed to be discrimination or harassment, or who participates or cooperates in any investigation, will not be subjected to retaliation.  Anyone who believes they have been the victim of retaliation for reporting discrimination or harassment or participating or cooperating in an investigation should immediately contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX office.

Adapted from the Georgia Southern University Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office

Application Process

The Counseling Center is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and adheres to APPIC policies for intern selection. The site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.  For the 2018-2019 internship year, the application process will be completed via the APPIC MATCH, which is scheduled for February of 2018.  Please visit the APPIC Website for more information on the Match process.

The application deadline is November 17, 2017 at 11:59pm.

For further information or questions about the internship program, contact Jodi Caldwell, Ph.D., Director, Counseling Center, Georgia Southern University, P.O. Box 8011, Statesboro, GA 30460-8011, 912-478-5541, or

A list of previous internship cohorts can be viewed here.

Selection Process

Applicants will be notified by phone if they will be offered an interview on or prior to December 11, 2017.  Interviews will be held in early January 2018. Candidates will have the option of either an on-site interview or a Skype interview.  The Skype interview is a two-hour interview with up to three members of the training committee.  The on-site interview is a combination of group/individual interviews and lasts three hours.  On-site interviewees are given the option to have lunch with the current interns, if desired.  Up to four applicants will be present for the welcome by the training director, and then each applicant will meet individually with members of the training committee.  Should applicants wish to meet with a specific staff member, we will try to accommodate the request.  However, not all staff will be present during the week of interviews, as this is during the University’s holiday break.

Accreditation Status

The Doctoral Internship program is accredited by the American Psychological Association through March 2024. Questions related to the programs accredited status should be directed to:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC  20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979
TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123
Fax: (202) 336-5978

Last updated: 3/5/2018