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Application Information

We utilize the uniform psychology internship application (AAPI Online) developed by The Association of Postdoctoral and Psychology Internship Centers (APPIC). To locate the AAPI Online, visit the APPIC website. As a member of APPIC, we also participate in the computer matching process for the selection of our Psychology Interns. Find information on the APPIC National Matching Process and the details regarding registration procedures.

Completion of all required coursework and practicum experiences in a counseling or clinical psychology doctoral program is required prior to the starting date of internship. Successful completion of comprehensive examinations is required prior to the application deadline. Dissertation must be proposed by ranking deadline.

Interns receive comprehensive ongoing evaluative feedback from supervisors throughout the training year using evaluations that are based on APA guidelines and customized to our program. At the end of every semester, the Internship Training Director sends the Academic Training Director a letter summarizing the intern's performance along with a copy of the primary supervisor's evaluation of the intern. The Ohio State University Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) staff does not complete training contracts and/or evaluations that may be specific to a doctoral program. If you are enrolled in a doctoral program that requires additional contracts or evaluations beyond those used at CCS, you are strongly encouraged to consult with your Director of Clinical Training to see if you will be eligible to apply for the CCS Internship.

To complete our application process, please access the AAPI Online. Click on the AAPI Online icon. 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 Online includes a cover letter, the summary of personal and educational information, the summary of your doctoral experience, 4 essays, a CV, letters of recommendation and graduate transcripts.

Counseling and Consultation Service does not require any materials supplemental to the AAPI Online; however, we do request:

  1. That your cover letter includes:
    a. a statement of expectations for internship
    b. a response to the following question regarding your fit with our internship program. How do you envision our internship site meeting your training goals and interests?
    c. a statement of your long range professional goals

  2. Current vita reflecting applied professional experience and related coursework

  3. Letters of recommendation from:
    a. major academic advisor
    b. two persons familiar with your applied clinical performance

We fully endorse the APPIC 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.

Application deadline: Your AAPI Online must be submitted by November 1, 2023.

The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified Women, Minorities, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Counseling and Consultation Service is a department within the Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University.

Selection procedures for the Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology

Our training program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and uses the National Matching Services Inc. (NMS) to fill our internship positions. Our selection process accepts the terms of the Match Agreements upon registration to participate in the Match. As part of this system, our selection committee and applicants only communicate about matters that do not involve the sharing of ranking information.

In terms of our selection process, a team of CCS staff members review each application. The team is comprised of staff members of varying disciplines and identities. After this initial review, each applicant is informed if they are offered an interview (prior to December 15th). Each applicant is then interviewed during the first two or three weeks of January by members of the selection committee with the addition of current interns.  Each interview is conducted via zoom and consists of the Training Director, a staff member, and a current psychology intern.

The selection team abides by guidelines set by the Office of Human Resources for all interviews. These guidelines avoid questions that may restrict or discriminate against potential interns. The interviews are standardized using the same questions for each applicant.  After the completion of the questions by the search committee, the remainder of the time is open for questions from the applicant.  At the end of each interview, applicants are encouraged to reach out to current interns and the Training Director to schedule time for any further questions they may have about the internship experience.

All interviews take place on zoom to allow equal access to all applicants. Onsite visits are not required. If an applicant would like to schedule a time to visit the center, they are not introduced to members of the selection committee in fairness to applicants that are not able to visit.

The selection committee comes together three times to make selection decisions.

  • The committee first meets to review the selection process and review human resource guidelines.
  • The committee then meets after the application review process to which applicants are offered interviews.
  • Finally, at the conclusion of the selection process, the selection committee meets to decide on the ranking of the applicants. All applicants are scored on same rubric.

Rankings of applicants are submitted early in the process to allow the opportunity for applicants to reach out for informational meetings with current interns and the training director. Informational sessions are offered after the ranking submission and applicants are informed of this so they may freely acquire information without the concern of being evaluated.

All new employees of The Ohio State University are required to successfully pass the University Police background check as a condition of employment. 

Accreditation Status of the Internship Program

The Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology program at the Counseling and Consultation Service is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association

750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: 202-336-5979  

Updated - 6-9-2023