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Internship in Health Service Psychology

Some of our wonderful past interns & staff at the annual Georgia College Counseling Association conferences.

Dear Intern Applicant,

The Georgia Southern University Statesboro Campus Counseling Center is proud to offer four internship positions each year through our APA-Accredited Internship in Health Service Psychology. As training is a treasured and highly valued aspect of our center, we work to cater our internship to the individual goals of each intern. We do this through various opportunities which include: optional rotations, a wide variety of topics for weekly training seminars, provision of supervision to practicum students, and meeting with different individual and rotation supervisors throughout the internship year.

We seek applicants with emotional and social maturity, interest in individual and group therapy, and interest in crisis intervention and outreach activities. We seek applicants who have experience in working with diverse client populations, have interest in developing multicultural competencies, have awareness of social justice principles, and can effectively and collaboratively participate as a team member at the Georgia Southern University Counseling Center.

I hope this information helps you in finding an internship site that will fit your goals and needs.

Mark Taracuk, PhD
Training Director
Georgia Southern University Counseling Center

About the 2024-2025 Internship

Number of Available Internship Positions: 4
Internship Start Date: August 1st, 2024
Location: Statesboro Campus
Status: Accredited through March 2024

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 2024-2025 internship year, the application along with three letters of recommendation (the Standardized Reference Form) is due Friday, November 17, 2023 at 11:59pm. Applicants should have at least 3 years of graduate training and a minimum number of 400 intervention hours. Applicants should have passed their graduate program’s comprehensive exams by the application date and should an approved dissertation proposal by the start of internship.

Selection Process

During the week of November 20th, 2023, candidates will be notified via email regarding their interview status. For those candidates who are extended an offer to interview, the email will include times and dates for a Zoom interview. Zoom interviews will be held the first week of January 2024. The Zoom interview is approximately 2 hours in length comprised of an interview with 4-5 members of the staff including at least 1 current intern.

For the 2023-2024 internship year, the application process will be completed via the APPIC MATCH. Phase One Match Day is scheduled for February 16th, 2024.

Please visit the APPIC Website for more information on the Match process.


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 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

Please feel free to check out this year’s current internship manual:


The internship training program at the Georgia Southern University Counseling Center is designed to offer high quality training in the practice of professional psychology, based on an integrated working knowledge of the application of clinical theory, research, and ethical, legal, and professional standards.  In addition, the Training Committee believes that every competent practitioner in the field should be guided by sensitivity to individual differences within a diverse society, and by an openness to lifelong learning.

These ideals are incorporated into our training programs via a practitioner-apprenticeship training model in which didactic and experiential learning are combined.  Trainees are treated as professionals and, as such, are expected to understand, demonstrate, and apply appropriate levels of clinical skills, acquired from their academic training program, as well as to participate fully in the mission of the Georgia Southern University Counseling Center.  The Counseling Center functions under the Division of Student Affairs. The staff collaborate regularly with colleagues in the Dean of Students Office, Health Services, University Residence Life, Student Wellness and Health Promotions, and Office of Career and Professional Development, along with the broader campus community.


For further information or questions about the internship program, contact the training director at:
Mark D. Taracuk, PhD
Georgia Southern University Counseling Center
P.O. Box 8011
Statesboro, GA 30460-8011
912-478-5541 or

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Trainees Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data

Past Interns 2022-2023
Edward Ballester, Ph.D. (Auburn University)
Hunter Gatewood, Psy.D. (Spalding University)
Jennifer McGinness, Psy.D. (Georgia Southern University)
Orlandria Smith, Psy.D. (Point Park University)

Elizabeth Fynn, Psy.D. (Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Whitney Marks, Ph.D. (University of Georgia)
Andres Medina, Psy.D. (National Louis University)
Andrew Moe, Psy.D. (University of St. Thomas)

Keith Gunnerson, Ph.D. (University of Utah)
Jamal Hailey, Ph.D. (Howard University)
Neva Murray, Ph.D. (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Paige Ziegler, Psy.D. (Wright State University)

Alyssa Alonso, Ph.D. (Texas Woman’s University)
Dustin Risser, Ph.D. (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Mark Taracuk, Ph.D. (Oklahoma State University)

Bailey Goodman, Psy.D. (Mercer University)
Deonna Kitwana, Psy.D. (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

Rachael Rogers, Psy.D. (Mercer University)
Mae Adams Shirley, Psy.D. (George Fox University)

Sarah Paul, Ph.D. (Carlow University)
Andie Pusser, Psy.D. (Mercer University)

Maggie James, Ph.D. (University of Central Arkansas)
Arika Wadley, Ph.D. (Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

Jennifer Headrick, Psy.D. (Georgia Southern University)
Aimee Var, Ph.D. (University of South Alabama)

Neil Martin, Psy.D. (Georgia Southern University)
Amanda Rickard, Psy.D., Psy.S., NCSP (Georgia Southern University)

Brian Carlson, Psy.D. (Georgia Southern University)
Amanda D’Angelo, Ph.D. (UNC Charlotte)
Jocelyn Sweeney, Ph.D. (UNC Charlotte)

J.P. Garrison, Psy.D. (Argosy University-Atlanta)
J.J. Jimenez, Psy.D.  (Florida Institute of Technology)

Stefanie Rodriguez, Ph.D. (Florida State University)
Jennifer Speisman, Psy.D. (Nova Southeastern University)
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 Counseling Center staff and trainees adhere to the Counsel of Counseling Psychology Training Programs’ (CCPTP) Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity.

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

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: 2/21/2024