Intern Selection Procedures

Application Procedures

APPIC Program Match Number 228711

A completed application for the doctoral internship in professional psychology at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln must be received no later than December 1, 2019 at 11:59pm CST for the 2020-2021 training year.

CAPS is proud to be an APA-Accredited internship, and an APPIC member institution.

CAPS uses the APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI). Mailed applications or e-mailed applications are not accepted.

Applicants must complete the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI Online). To locate the AAPI Online, visit the APPIC website. 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 also includes the following information that we must have for a completed application:

  • Cover Letter

  • Current Curriculum Vitae

  • Transcripts for ALL your graduate coursework

  • Three letters of recommendation.

CAPS participates in the computer matching process for the selection of our Psychology Interns. Information on the APPIC National Matching Process and the details regarding registration procedures can be found at

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

As the University Health Center is administratively operated under Nebraska Medicine, applicants will need to:

  1. Complete a satisfactory background check
  2. Provide their own professional licensure (e.g., PLMHP) within the state of Nebraska
  3. Provide certificate of professional liability/malpractice insurance
  4. Satisfactorily complete a drug screen
  5. Provide documentation of immunizations

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 400 clinical/direct contact hours (AAPI Summary of Practicum Experience –Total Completed Intervention Hours)
  • Applicant 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

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
  • Applicants have proposed their dissertation prior to the application deadline


After written application materials have been reviewed, selected applicants will be interviewed by the CAPS Training Committee. All applicants will be notified by December 13, 2020 if they have been selected for an interview. Interviews are conducted via Zoom. All interviews will be conducted in early January 2020. We will hold a virtual open house over Zoom on January 17, 2020.

We fully endorse 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

Please direct all inquiries and send all materials to:

Belinda Hinojos, 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

1 Cited from the University of Nebraska's Human Resources web page under Policies for Recruitment and Hiring of non-academic positions:

2 Cited from the University of Nebraska’s Equity, Access and Diversity Programs at: