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Doctoral Internship in Clinical/Counseling Psychology

Fully Accredited by the American Psychological Association as of June 30, 2016.

Thank you for visiting the website for the doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology in the Health and Wellness Center at Lake Forest College. We wish you well during your internship search process. We hope that you will give the Lake Forest College Health and Wellness Center your consideration as you work to identify training sites for your internship. A brief description of the training program can be found below. The doctoral internship brochure (see link on the right hand side of the page to access the pdf) offers you a more detailed description of our program.

Please note that applications for the 2018-2019 internship year are due by midnight Central Standard Time on November 5, 2017.  If you have any questions, please call (847) 735-5240.

Health and Wellness Center

Located in Buchanan Hall on the College’s South Campus, the Health and Wellness Center includes counseling services, health services, and wellness promotion.  The Health and Wellness Center supports the college’s mission to promote an exceptional student experience that celebrates personal growth by providing prevention-focused, accessible, and high quality health care and counseling for a diverse student population. The Health and Wellness Center’s mission is to encourage behaviors that eliminate or change barriers to learning, and promote optimal physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and community wellness through a collaborative team approach. Interns will have the opportunity to develop programs and workshops that support this mission.  

The Training Program

The APA-Accredited, 2000 hour, twelve month, doctoral internship is designed to train clinical/counseling psychology doctoral interns in providing psychological services in an integrated college counseling center. The hours accrued of training time during internship is post-practicum and pre-doctorate. 

Interns will have the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of aspects of counseling services at a small liberal arts college. The internship adheres to a practitioner-scholar model of psychological training and service delivery. The practitioner-scholar training model emphasizes the integration and application of critical thinking and skillful reflection across a broad range of experiential activities.

The primary goal of the internship is to assist interns in their development to become skilled generalist practitioners who are able to work comfortably with the wide variety of mental health concerns that college students experience. Interns will develop skills in the following:

  • intake assessment
  • individual, couples, and group therapy
  • crisis assessment and intervention
  • diagnostic and therapeutic testing
  • community psychology and outreach programming
  • consultation
  • interdisciplinary collaboration
  • program development and evaluation

In addition, interns will be encouraged to identify learning opportunities that fit with their interests in order to allow some opportunity for specialization. Past examples include alcohol assessment and intervention, multicultural programming, and eating disorders.

The internship focuses on helping interns develop the skills necessary to use themselves as an important instrument of change in the counseling relationship. Interns will be encouraged to focus on their personal growth and increasing self-awareness. This includes gaining an awareness and sensitivity to diversity issues throughout the internship. Interns will be provided with continuous and intensive supervision both individually and in a small group to support their clinical, personal, and professional development. 

Philosophy of Training

The purpose of the doctoral internship is to provide a supervised experience that focuses on developing strong clinical and professional skills. Counseling Services is committed to the achievement of excellence in the training experience. Interns will gain a broad exposure to the variety of professional activities and service delivery systems which exist in a contemporary service-oriented college counseling setting. Every attempt is made to individualize the internship program so that preferences and needs of interns can be addressed. Interns are regarded as professionals at the College and are expected to make valuable contributions to the overall functioning of the Health and Wellness Center and of the College. Most importantly, the doctoral internship offers intensive supervision by licensed clinical psychologists to further the development of a strong professional identity.

As emerging professionals, interns are expected to have a strong degree of self-motivation and self-direction. At the beginning of the year, interns are asked to develop a set of goals. They are asked to indicate their areas of strengths as well as areas they feel are in need of development. This information then serves as a guide both for supervision and for other areas of the training program.

 Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

*Program tables updated 8/21/2017

Internship Program Admissions

The Lake Forest College Health and Wellness Center prefers applicants from APA or CPA accredited doctoral programs in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. Applicants from APA or CPA accredited doctoral programs in School Psychology are not given preference but will be considered.  Applicants from non-accredited programs will not be considered for the internship. Applicants must be in good academic standing with their department, and all required coursework should be completed prior to the start of internship. To be considered, applicants must have passed their comprehensive exams, had their dissertation proposal approved, and completed a minimum of 300 intervention hours by the application deadline. The intern selection committee strives to develop a holistic picture of each applicant and the potential fit between the training program and an applicant’s experience, goals, and interests.  Successful applicants are typically interested in being trained as generalists and increasing their competence in the variety of roles that a psychologist performs on a small college campus.  They usually demonstrate self-awareness, multicultural competence and sensitivity, and the ability to work successfully in a small, integrated team.

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:




Number of Hours

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours




Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours




Describe any other minimum criteria used to screen applicants. 

  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 3 years of graduate training.
  • Applicants must have completed at least two graduate level clinical practica, with one focused on diagnostic assessment and one focused on therapy.
  • Interns who match to our training program must successfully pass a background check before a final offer of employment is made. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history.

All other minimum criteria used to screen applicants are described in the paragraph and table above.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-Time Interns

At least $23,929

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-Time Interns


Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?


Trainee contribution to cost required?


Coverage of family member(s) available?


Coverage of legally married partner available?


Coverage of domestic partner available?


Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off/Vacation

12 days*

Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave

Included above*

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?


Other Benefits:

-          $250 Meal Plan Stipend

-          Dissertation Release Time/Professional Development Time

-          Access to Life Insurance

-          Free Access to Campus Fitness/Recreation Center

-          Campus Library Privileges

-          Free Parking

Each intern has their own office equipped with a computer and digital recording technology

*Interns are provided with 12 days of paid time off to be used for illness, vacation, or personal time.

**In the event of a situation requiring extended leave, the intern is expected to work together with the Coordinator of Clinical Training to determine a plan for completion of internship hours. The approval of unpaid leave may require collaboration between Human Resources, the Coordinator of Clinical Training, and the intern’s graduate program.

Initial Post-Internship Positions

 The following table contains a tally of the initial post-internship positions for the 3 internship cohorts from 2013-2016.



Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts


Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree





Community mental health center


Federally qualified health center


Independent primary care facility/clinic


University counseling center



Veterans Affairs medical center


Military health center


Academic health center


Other medical center or hospital


Psychiatric hospital


Academic university/department


Community college or other teaching setting


Independent research institution


Correctional facility


School district/system


Independent practice setting



Not currently employed


Changed to another field







Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. For former trainees working in more than one setting, the setting represents their primary position.

Benefits & Selection

Two full-time,12-month internship positions are available. The current stipend (for the 2017-2018 internship year) is $23,929. Several benefits are available to interns, including health insurance, 12 days of vacation, sick or personal leave, meal stipend, free parking and free access to the campus fitness center.  The application deadline for 2018-2019 academic year positions is November 5, 2017 at midnight, and the start date is August 1, 2018.

To apply

All of the application materials will be uploaded via the applicant portal on through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) website. We do not accept any paper materials.

The electronic application includes:

  • Completed AAPI
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter stating your goals for internship and explaining your interests in training at Lake Forest College
  • Three letters of recommendation. At least two should be from clinical supervisors.
  • Official graduate school transcripts

Our application deadline is November 5, 2017 at midnight Central Standard Time.

National Matching Services Code # 127711

As a member of APPIC, the Health and Wellness Center internship program participates in the National Matching Services Internship Matching Program. You must be registered for the Match in order to be eligible to match to our program. You can obtain instructions and download the Applicant Agreement required to register for the match from the Matching Program website.

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 candidate. Applicants are required to follow the guidelines developed by APPIC.

The internship program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. 

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

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

701 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email: apaaccred@apa.org

Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kasey Schultz-Saindon at 847-735-5241 or schultzsaindon@lakeforest.edu.