Counseling Center

Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Our National Computer Match Program Code number is 162011


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 or CPA accredited programs in psychology.
  • Candidates must have majored in counseling or clinical psychology, and must have completed all required courses for the doctorate (at least three years of graduate study)
  • Candidates must have provided a minimum of 500 hours of direct contact experience to clients accrued before the application deadline of November 1st. There is no minimum for assessment hours.
  • Candidates must have passed their doctoral qualifying examinations by the application deadline of November 1st 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 1st.
  • 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 as they will likely have more energy and time for self-care.
  • 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 the profession-wide 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.
  • Candidates should be prepared to work with clients with various presenting issues/concerns and intersecting identities. As a staff, we are deeply committed to developing our own multicultural competencies as well as promoting social justice and cultural humility for ourselves and those of our doctoral psychology interns. An understanding of the impact of culture is integrated into every aspect of the work we do in direct services, training, scholarly activity and research. We define culture and diversity broadly, allowing our definition to encompass racial and ethnic differences, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, nationality, acculturation, religious affiliation, ability status and so forth. Comprehensive understanding of the impact of culture is seen by our staff as an integral ingredient of competent psychological practice. We ascribe to APA’s position statement “Preparing Professional Psychologists to Serve a Diverse Public: A Core Requirement in Doctoral Education and Training” which can be found at We train interns to be well-rounded professional psychologists with the profession-wide competencies to serve clients representing different forms of diversity. In providing this training, we commit ourselves to creating a supportive training environment that allows for self-exploration and the development of cognitive flexibility. All of our doctoral psychology interns are required to engage in learning about the range of multicultural competencies, oppression and privilege and interns must demonstrate willingness to serve people who represent the full range of intersecting identities.  Refusal to engage in these efforts, or meet the required competency level for interns may result in remediation and/or dismissal from the program.

Selection process

Online application materials are screened by an intern selection 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 Zoom or 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 doctoral psychology 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 NOVEMBER 1st, by  11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time*** 

Financial and other benefit support for the upcoming training year

Annual stipend/salary for full-time interns:             $36,000
Annual stipend/salary for part-time interns:            N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance     Yes
Trainee contribution to cost required                      No
Coverage for family member(s) available               Yes
Coverage for legally married partner available       Yes
Coverage for domestic partner available                Yes

Hours of vacation time off & personal holidays       184*
Hours of sick time off                                               80*

*All time off needs to be approved by the TD and it is strongly encouraged that interns allocate of week of vacation time off for the last week of internship. Please be mindful of the 2000 hour requirement when requesting time off (see leave policies).

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, the program allows reasonable unpaid leave to interns in excess of vacation and sick time off. This happens with negation with UW’s Human Resources and the TD.

Other benefits (some are optional):

Dental and vision insurance
Life insurance
Short-term and/or long-term disability insurance
10 paid state holidays
Access and use of library and library resources, recreational facilities and a discounted public transportation pass (called the U-PASS)

Initial placement data 2016-2019

Total number of interns who were in these three cohorts: 9
Total number of interns who did not seek post-internship employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing dissertations/degree requirements: 0


Post-Doc Position Employed Position
Community mental health center 1 0
University counseling center 6 1
Independent practice 0 2
Veteran Affairs (VA) 0 0
Psychiatric hospital 0 0
Federally qualified health center 0 0
Independent primary care facility/clinic 1 0
Military health center 0 0
Academic health center 0 0
Other medical center or hospital 0 0
Academic department/university 0 1
Community college or other teaching setting 0 0
Independent research institution 0 0
Correctional facility 0 0
Not currently employed 0 0
Changed to a different field 0 0
Unknown 0 0

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)