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Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Date Program Tables are Updated: August 31, 2019

Internship Program Admissions

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program.  This description must be consistent with program's policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:   The Training Team actively seeks applicants whose goals represent a fit with our program's aims, goals, and training philosophy.  Please review the description of our Training Program for an understanding of the wide range of experiences we provide to determine if these experiences represent a good match with your desired internship experience.

Our specific admissions requirements are:

  • Candidates for internship must have completed all formal requirements towards candidacy in a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in an APA-accredited counseling or clinical psychology program
  • All course work necessary for the title of doctoral candidate including any comprehensive exams
  • Acceptance of dissertation proposal by dissertation committee no later than the APPIC ranking deadline
  • A minimum of 3 years of graduate training within an APA-Accredited (or CPA-Accredited) program
  • A minimum of 500 cumulative supervised hours in direct clinical service as defined by APPIC criteria (see above)
    • At least 400 direct therapy hours; with no less than 300 accrued during your doctoral program
    • All hours must be accumulated no later than the APPIC ranking deadline
  • Due to Purdue University regulations, a criminal background check must be passed (see How to Apply for more information)


Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application?  If Yes, indicate how many:
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours:      Y     500
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours:      N     0

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants 

The Intern Selection Committee favorably views the following qualities when reviewing applications:

  • Values consistent with advocating for the unique needs of diverse people
  • Degree of support for candidate's qualifications and fit with our program from reference letters
  • Breadth of clinical skills with previous experience and/or interest in university counseling center work
  • Sensitivity to issues of human diversity recognizing multicultural competence as a lifelong endeavor
  • Knowledge base of the research and theoretical underpinnings of health service psychology
  • Genuine investment in life-long learning
  • Solid interpersonal and relational skills

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns:                                                                                $27,466
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns:                                                                                NA

Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?  Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided:
Trainee contribution to cost required?        Yes
Coverage of family member(s) available?                               Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available? No
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) 176
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave 308

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?  

Yes (must be consulted and approved by the CAPS Director and Purdue University Human Resources)
Other Benefits (please describe)

Purdue offers a minimum of 10 paid University holidays, dental and vision insurance, each intern has her/his own office, equipped with a computer, printer access, internet access, and digital recording technology.  CAPS funds interns for two conferences (registration, travel, and lodging) contingent upon ongoing University professional development funds including a Diversity Conference, and the annual Big Ten Counseling Centers Conference.  Interns are also supported to attend 3 joint day-long seminars with other Indiana university internships and an internship retreat with these schools at the end of the year.  As Purdue University employees, interns have Purdue e-mail accounts, business cards, access to library resources, and discounts at local merchants.

Initial Post-Internship Positions

(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)
Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 9
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0



Community mental health center 1 1
Federally qualified health center 0 0
Independent primary care facility/clinic 0 0
University counseling center 3 3
Veterans Affairs medical center 0 0
Military health center 0 0
Academic health center 0 0
Other medical center or hospital 0 0
Psychiatric hospital 0 0
Academic university/department 0 0
Community college or other teaching setting 0 0
Independent research institution 0 0
Correctional facility 0 0
School district/system 0 0
Independent practice setting 0 1
Not currently employed 0 0
Changed to another field 0 0
Other 0 0
Unknown 0 0

Note: "PD" = Post-doctoral residency position; "EP" = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time.  For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.