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Selection Criteria and Application Procedures

Selection Criteria

Minimum requirements for consideration

  1. Enrollment in an APA accredited graduate program in counseling or clinical psychology required.
  2. All doctoral coursework completed and comprehensive exams passed by start of internship.
  3. AAPI Intervention Hours: minimum 400 hours. The members of the Intern Selection Committee also seek applicants who have had the following types of experiences:
  • Clinical experience with university/college students
  • Career development/Career counseling experience
  • Interest in Diversity
  • Comprehensive academic curriculum

Past interns have practicum experiences ranging from 400 hours to over 1500 hours. The Intern Selection Committee seeks interns who have had a minimum of 400 practicum hours and some experience in either a university counseling center, and/or experience with populations with similar issues.

Application Procedures

Application materials should be submitted electronically through the "AAPI Online" service (accessed at by November 15, 2016. A complete application file will include:

  1. A cover letter addressing how our internship program fits with your training goals and interests.
  2. Application content which includes a summary of personal and educational information, summary of doctoral experience, and four essays (contained within the APPI online application).
  3. A current curriculum vita.
  4. Copies of all official graduate transcripts.
  5. Three letters of recommendation (using the Standardized Reference Form), preferably at least two from people who have direct knowledge of your clinical skills.
  • Due Date for all Materials: November 15, 2016
  • Starting Date: July 17, 2017

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.

Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the university.

Internship Match Code #135811

Please note: University regulations require that if you are matched with our site, the university will conduct a criminal background check at no cost to you. While employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment at the University Counseling Center. Eligibility for employment will be determined by the administration of the University Counseling Center and Human Resources Office.


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