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Intern Selection Procedures

Application Procedures

CAPS is proud to be a site within the APA-Accredited Nebraska Internship Consortium of Professional Psychology (NICPP). Interns do NOT rotate across Consortium Sites.

A completed application for a doctoral internship in health service psychology through the NICPP at CAPS (APPIC program code # 141611) must be received no later than November 1, 2022 at 11:59pm CST for the 2023-2024 training year.

For details on the steps for completing the NICPP application, please go to the NICPP website. The NICPP requires the following for your application to be completed:

  • ONE Cover Letter addressed to Dr. Beth Doll, specifying which sites you are applying to in the first paragraph. Please explain why you are applying to CAPS.
  • Include three letters of recommendation and your CV.
  • Send official copies of ALL GRADUATE transcripts.

NICPP uses the APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI). Mailed applications or emailed applications are not accepted. Please go to the APPIC website to find out more about the AAPI online or to complete your application.

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

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).
  • Applicants 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 (Master’s Degree required in Counseling or Clinical Psychology).
  • Applicants will also need to provide their own professional licensure (e.g., PLMHP) within 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.

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 the Consortium Administrative Coordinator no later than December 15, 2022, if they have been selected for an interview. Interviews are conducted via Zoom. Interviews are held from mid-December through the first few weeks in January. CAPS will hold a virtual open house in January.

NICPP fully endorses 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 the office of Institutional Equity and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator, 128 Canfield Administration Building, Lincoln, NE, 68588-0437; via phone (402) 472-3417; via email equity2@unl.edu.2

Finally, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. We wish you the best of luck in your search for the program that best fits you and your training needs. We understand that the internship selection process can be stressful. Take your time and review our materials as we want our interns to have a good match based on their training goals and interests. If you believe our site within NICPP is a great fit for your training needs, we welcome your application.

Program Match Number 141611

Training Year August 1, 2023 to July 31, 2024

Please direct inquiries specific to CAPS to:

Tricia Besett-Alesch, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Counseling and Psychological Services
University Health Center, Suite 223
550 N. 19th St.
Lincoln, NE 68588-0618
(402) 472-7450
FAX: (402) 472-6977
tbesett-alesch2@unl.edu


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