CAPS Internship Application Procedure

Application Materials

Applications to our internship program are submitted using the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) online, which you can access at the AAPI Online website. All of the application materials will be uploaded using the applicant portal on the APPIC website.

The electronic application includes:

  • Completed AAPI
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least two from clinical supervisors
  • Graduate school transcripts

Candidate Selection

The internship selection committee typically consists of our CAPS staff members, current interns, and sometimes other SUU student affairs individuals.  Each application is read and reviewed according to the following selection criteria:

  • Clear fit between applicant’s interests and goals and the internship program’s setting, training philosophy, and experiences.
  • Therapy experience with young adults and adults in an outpatient setting, preferable a university counseling center.
  • Multicultural knowledge, awareness, and clinical skill.
  • Essays and letters of recommendation that suggest a good fit with our internship program.
  • We also value group therapy experience and assessment experience, as these are required elements of our internship program.

Interview Procedures

Because the APPIC Directory Online does not differentiate between the number of applications received in Phase I versus Phase II, we provide more specific summary information below:

Applications by Phase 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications, Phase I 22 27 30  56 25
Number of applicants invited for interviews, Phase I 15 23 25  29 22
Number of Completed Applications, Phase II N/A 22 N/A N/A N/A
Number of applicants invited for interviews, Phase II N/A 12 N/A  N/A N/A

For the 2023 APPIC Match, we plan to interview as many candidates during Phase I as are a good fit for our internship program. We have funding for 3 full time interns this year. If we go to Phase II, we plan to interview 6-10 applicants per available internship slot. For Phase I, applicants will be notified via email on December 16th about whether or not they are being invited to interview. Phase I interviews take place in early January. In Phase II, interviews take place in late February or early March. Interviews will be conducted over Zoom and consist of the following components: 50 minutes with Selection Committee Members, 10 minute break, 30 minutes with the Training Director. Interviewees are also invited to attend a drop-in Q&A Session with current interns and/or a Virtual Open House with all CAPS staff. The Training Director, current interns, and CAPS staff are happy to answer questions both before and after interviews so that you are able to make the most informed decision possible about whether our site is a good fit for you.

Program Code Number: 215411

Application Deadline: Sunday November 27, 2022 at 11:59 PM.    

For further information, contact:
Deborah Arenivar
Administrative Assistant II
Counseling & Psychological Services
Southern Utah University
Cedar City, UT 84720 

This internship site adheres to the APPIC Match Policies. 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.

In accordance with Utah State Code 53A-3-410, appointment to this position is contingent upon the successful passing of a background check.  For more information, applicants may review the "Criminal Background Checks" policy on the SUU website.  Applicants who match to our program, but do not successfully pass this background check may be dismissed from the internship.