Counseling Center

Application Information

Our National Computer Match Program Code number is 162011

Application process

While the primary function of the Counseling Center is to provide counseling services to students of the University of Washington, the Counseling Center maintains a strong commitment to facilitating each intern’s transition from trainee to professional psychologist. Thus, we are looking for people who are flexible and interested in learning, but who also have the training, experience, interpersonal skills, counseling skills, and maturity to offer quality services under the supervision of our professional staff. Specifically, we require the following:

  • Candidates must be from APA accredited programs in psychology.
  • Candidates must have majored in counseling or clinical psychology, and must have completed the following courses:
    • Psychopathology
    • Counseling Theory and Technique
    • Ethical and Legal Issues
    • Educational/Psychological Testing
    • Multicultural Issues/Diversity
  • Candidates must have provided a minimum of 500 hours of direct contact experience to clients. The bulk of these hours should be in providing direct one-on-one counseling/psychotherapy services to clients – as this is the majority of the clinical work interns will be providing on internship.
  • Candidates must have passed their doctoral qualifying examinations by the application deadline of November 1, 2016, and be certified by their academic director of training as ready for the internship experience.
  • Candidates must have had their dissertation proposal approved by the application deadline of November 1, 2016.
  • It is not a requirement that candidates must have defended their dissertations by our application deadline, but there is a strong preference that applicants will have completed their dissertations before the start of internship.  The doctoral internship is an intensive learning experience and interns are more able to focus on the internship if the work on their dissertations is completed.  Having to work on dissertations can make self-care more complicated.
  • Interns at the University of Washington Counseling Center receive ongoing evaluative feedback from supervisors throughout the training year. These evaluations are quite comprehensive in nature, are based on our program’s training model, philosophy, goals and objectives, and competencies and benchmarks established by our profession. Some doctoral programs require their students to have additional training contracts and/or evaluations completed by their internship programs. The University of Washington Counseling Center internship does not enter into training contracts with academic training programs, and the UWCC supervisors do not complete evaluations on interns developed by academic training programs. Your program may choose to use the data from the University of Washington Counseling Center’s evaluations to complete their own forms. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your Director of Clinical Training or the University of Washington Counseling Center Training Director if you have questions about this policy.

Selection process

Online application materials are screened by an intern application committee. Applicants are rated by this committee based on their online materials. Applicants whose training, experience and professional goals most closely parallel the training opportunities available at the UW Counseling Center will be invited to participate in a telephone interview. The training program at the UW Counseling Center adheres to the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers’ (APPIC) guidelines regarding offers and acceptances. Our Center participates in the APPIC Matching Program for Psychology Internship Positions. For additional information regarding the APPIC Internship Matching Program, you may contact

If you are matched with our site, the University will conduct a national criminal conviction background check at no cost to you. You will complete a self-disclosure questionnaire that will be submitted to UW Human Resources. While hiring is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to being hired at the Counseling Center. Eligibility for hiring will be determined by the Counseling Center administration in consultation with UW Human Resources. Applicants who match to our program but do not successfully pass this background check will not be hired as pre-doctoral interns (see APPIC Match Policy 6b). See RCW 43.43.830 for relevant Washington state regulatory guidelines/definitions.

Application procedures

Applications reviewed will include the following:

  • AAPI Online* (Application for Psychology Internship) with the following elements attached:
    • Cover letter describing how you would be a good fit.  Please be specific about your goals for internship and how our particular program will help you meet these goals
    • Curriculum vitae
    • All graduate transcripts
    • Three letters of recommendation: at least two of which must be from clinical supervisors, and at least one supervisor must have viewed the applicant’s counseling either live or by electronic video recordings.

*Our site requires the AAPI Online, which may be accessed at

**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.

*** All materials MUST be available for review online by
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2016 BY 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time***

Equal opportunity and disability accommodation

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at:

  • 206-543-6450/Voice
  • 206-543-6452/TTY
  • 206-685-7264 (FAX)