Intern Selection Procedures

Application Procedures

APPIC Program Match Number 228711

A completed application for the doctoral internship in professional psychology at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln must be received no later than November 6, 2017 at 11:59pm CST for the 2018-2019 training year.

CAPS is proud to be an APPIC member institution. We are APA-Accredited on contingency. We are compiling outcome data at this time. However, it is very important to note that all interns who complete our internship program finish from an APA-Accredited internship.

CAPS uses the APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI). Mailed applications or e-mailed applications are not accepted.

Applicants must complete the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI Online). To locate the AAPI Online, visit the APPIC website. The entire application is to be completed online. General Instructions are available on the front page of the AAPI Online, as well as instructions for each separate section of the Application.

The AAPI also includes the following information that we must have for a completed application:

  • Cover Letter

  • Current Curriculum Vitae

  • Transcripts for ALL your graduate coursework

  • Three letters of recommendation.

CAPS participates in the computer matching process for the selection of our Psychology Interns. Information on the APPIC National Matching Process and the details regarding registration procedures can be found at www.natmatch.com/psychint.

Please Note: Employment at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will be contingent on satisfactory completion of a background check. The background check is performed after the intern has matched with Counseling and Psychological Services. The content of the background check will include "a check for public and court criminal conviction records for a minimum of ten years, may include arrest and non-conviction criminal records within the past seven years, and open or pending criminal cases. Criminal history background checks do not involve checks for, or reference to, an applicant's credit history." 1

As the University Health Center is administratively operated under Nebraska Medicine, applicants will need to:

  1. Complete a satisfactory background check
  2. Provide their own professional licensure (e.g., PLMHP) within the state of Nebraska
  3. Provide certificate of professional liability/malpractice insurance
  4. Satisfactorily complete a drug screen
  5. Provide documentation of immunizations

Practica and Academic Preparation Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

  • Applicant must be enrolled in an APA-accredited doctoral program in Counseling or Clinical Psychology
  • Applicant must have a conferred MA or MS degree in counseling or clinical psychology
  • Applicant must complete all doctoral coursework prior to the beginning of the internship year
  • Applicant must successfully pass their comprehensive exams prior to CAPS application deadline
  • Applicant must be certified as ready for internship by their program’s DCT
  • Applicant have a minimum of 450 clinical/direct contact hours (AAPI Summary of Practicum Experience –Total Completed Intervention Hours)
  • Applicant are expected to have an affirming stance towards all diversity, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identities and religion. This should be seen in the applicant's cover letter and/or responses to the essay questions.
  • License eligible as a provisionally licensed mental health practitioner in the state of Nebraska

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Applicants who are reflective and self-motivated
  • Applicants are committed to CAPS Mission
  • Applicants have received Supervision via Video Tape or Live Supervision
  • Applicants have proposed their dissertation prior to the application deadline

SELECTION PROCEDURES

After written application materials have been reviewed, selected applicants will be interviewed by the CAPS Training Committee. All applicants will be notified by December 15, 2017 if they have been selected for an interview. Interviews are conducted via Skype. All interviews will be conducted between December 2017 and January 2018. We may hold an open house between December and January as well.

We fully endorse the APPIC match policy summarized in the following statement: "This internship 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."

Statement on Nondiscrimination

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a public university committed to providing a quality education to a diverse student body. One aspect of this commitment is to foster a climate of inclusion and mutual support that will enhance our ability to achieve our overall goals of recruiting and retaining good faculty and staff while allowing all of us to focus our energies and talents on our important missions of education, research and service. To this end, it is the policy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln not to discriminate based upon age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender-identity, sex, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran’s status, marital status, religion or political affiliation. This policy is applicable to all University administered programs including educational programs, financial aid, admission policies and employment policies.

The policy is consistent with federal and state law and university policy. Inquiries regarding discrimination issues may be directed to Linda Crump, Assistant to the Chancellor for Equity, Access & Diversity Programs and Title IX Coordinator, 128 Canfield Administration Building, Lincoln, NE, 68588-0437; via phone (402) 472-3417; via email equity2@unl.edu. 2

Please direct all inquiries and send all materials to:

Tricia Besett-Alesch, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
213 University Health Center
1500 U Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0618
(402) 472-7450
FAX: (402) 472-4593
tbesett-alesch@nebraskamed.com


1 Cited from the University of Nebraska's Human Resources web page under Policies for Recruitment and Hiring of non-academic positions: http://hr.unl.edu/policies/criminal-background-check-investigation-non-academic-positions

2 Cited from the University of Nebraska’s Equity, Access and Diversity Programs at: http://hr.unl.edu/policies/notice-nondiscrimination