Personal Growth and Counseling Center

APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology Training Program

The aim of the California State University Monterey Bay Psychology Internship Program is to train doctoral-level psychology graduate students to practice professional psychology in a University Counseling Center setting while supporting the vision and mission of the Personal Growth and Counseling Center. An emphasis is placed on providing high-quality, culturally competent, and ethical services to enhance wellness, promote growth, and support student success.

Training Site

California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a four-year public university located one mile from the shores of the Monterey Bay in Seaside, California. Combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment is nearly 8,000 students. CSUMB prides itself on making higher education accessible to traditionally underserved and low-income populations. The success of the universities mission is demonstrated in the fact that many students are first-generation college students (51%), classified as under-represented minorities (49%), come from low income earning families (33%) and nearly 75% of all undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. CSUMB also has an ethnically diverse population. Among students, 5% self-identify as Black, 8% as Asian or Pacific Islander, 42% as Latino, 16% as other minority, and 29% as White.

As the only university in the California State University system with a service-learning graduation requirement, CSUMB has earned national recognition for its work in helping students examine issues of justice, diversity, and social responsibility through service-learning. CSUMB is recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, committed to cultural and linguistic inclusivity and offering an educational experience that values and integrates cultural capital into the learning environment.

The CSUMB Psychology Internship resides within the Personal Growth and Counseling Center (PGCC), which is located centrally on campus and operates as part of the Division of Student Affairs. The CSUMB Psychology Internship provides crisis, individual, and group counseling for personal, interpersonal, developmental, vocational, and academic issues as well as offers a breadth of outreach and educational programs. The CSUMB Psychology Internship works collaboratively with other partners on campus to support student wellness, increase utilization and accessibility of services, and offer preventative interventions. Also, the CSUMB Psychology Internship provides consultation services to students, faculty and staff; classroom teaching; and training for graduate students in social work and psychology. The CSUMB Psychology Internship maintains close ties with the Health Center, Student Disability Resources, Health Promotion and Education, Campus Chaplains, and Campus Sexual Assault Advocate.

We value appreciation for all differences among people including those of national origin, race, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, functional ability, socio-economic status, age, and religious/spiritual affiliation. Woven into the program is the belief that every competent practitioner in the field should be guided by appreciation for individual differences within a diverse society, and an openness to lifelong learning. We believe that valuing cultural diversity from a global perspective maximizes human growth and development, and enhances the quality of life on our campus, in our community, and throughout our world.

Application Process

The CSUMB Psychology Internship Program has two internship positions for the 2021-2022 internship year. Applications are due by December 1st, 2020 and applicants are notified by December 15th, 2020, regarding their interview status. Interviews take place in early to mid-January 2021 via Zoom. All applicants are interviewed via Zoom by the Training Director and members of the Selection Committee. Applicants are encouraged to participate in the virtual open house that will provide additional information and an inside look into the training program. The open house will be scheduled following the site’s submission of their rank order to eliminate any potential biases.

We participate in the APPIC match and use the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI Online). To access the AAPI, please visit their website. The website provides instructions for how to complete and submit your APPI online application. If you have not requested an applicant agreement form and materials describing the APPIC Internship Matching Program, please contact the National Matching Service (NMS).

APPIC Match Number: 244211

Contact Information

Questions regarding the application or interview process may be directed to the Training Director, Dr. Amy Miller

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Accreditation Status

The California State University Monterey Bay Psychology Internship is accredited, on contingency by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation (COA).

Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

APPIC Membership Status

CSUMB Psychology Internship is currently an APPIC member program.

The CSUMB Psychology Internship agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person associated with the internship program will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. Internship slot offers will be made through the APPIC National Matching program in compliance with the APPIC policy. CSUMB is an equal opportunity employer and adheres to APPIC’s non-discrimination policies.