|Accreditation||Typical Weekly Schedule|
|How to Apply||Stipend and Benefits|
|Training Experience||Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data|
|Specialty Rotations||Former Interns|
As of July 19th, 2020, Mississippi State University Student Counseling Services (SCS) internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). SCS' current status with APA is "Accredited, on contingency." More information about the program's status can be found here. Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the Commission of Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SCS is not recruiting interns for the 2022-2023 internship year or currently participating in the Match. We hope to be able to participate in the 2023-2024 internship year.
In active years, applications to the internship must consist of:
- Completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) form. More information can be found here
- A "cover letter" or "letter of interest," should describe your qualifications and professional experience that you believe make you a good match with SCS. It also should highlight your specific goals for the internship.
- A curriculum vita.
- Official transcripts for all graduate work.
- Three letters of recommendation, at least two from supervisors familiar with recent clinical work.
All applicants who follow these guidelines will be considered.
As an APPIC member, our information is also available in the APPIC directory of internship sites. The SCS program code is 2482.
Our program aims to complete the training of broadly-trained health service psychologists. The internship seeks to build on interns’ previous training experiences to further develop their knowledge and skills in order to successfully find a career in the field of psychology. This internship aims for interns to achieve the level of functioning expected of an entry-level psychologist. Specifically:
- The provision of high-quality psychology services to clients in a similar, outpatient setting, including:
- Practice multi-modal psychotherapy (Individual and group)
- Perform clinical interviews and assessments
- Be able to conduct programs, presentations, and consultations
- Provide appropriate crisis services and response
- Deliver clinical supervision
- Integrate research into practice
- Be aware of, and responsive to, culture and diversity including using culturally-appropriate assessments and treatments
- Development of healthy professional identity, including:
- Practice in accordance with APA ethics and the legal guidelines in their jurisdiction
- Consult and collaborate with and integrate into multidisciplinary teams to provide quality care to clients as well as institution level interventions
- Identification of long-term goals plans related to a career in psychology
- Self-awareness of cultural considerations, diversity, and address biases which may affect their work in psychology
Our Policy and Procedure Manual (including grievance procedure) can be found here
Additionally, our Policy and Procedure Manual - Telehealth Addendum can be found here
The specific training areas covered in the SCS program are aligned with APA Standards of Accreditation and will provide a broad range of generalist training that highlights the incorporation of science and practice within a collegial and collaborative environment. Training components will cover areas such as those listed below:
Required Training Experiences
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Emergency and walk-in coverage
- Supervision of practicum students
- Outreach programming
- Multi-week seminars on important areas such as: Group Therapy, Assessment, Outreach, Ethical and Legal Issues, Diversity, Crisis Assessment and Intervention, and Risk Management, Case Presentation, Career and Job Search
- Major Specialty Rotations (see below for greater detail)
- Optional Minor Rotations (see below for greater detail)
SCS provides experience in specialty rotations which are intended to provide an opportunity for interns to get exposure to treatment modality/populations with which interns may not have previous experience or in order to gain further experience in an already established specialty area.
- Major rotations are 8 hours per week, embedded in a MS State office outside of SCS. Supervision is provided on-site by a licensed mental health professional employed within the rotation office. An intern is required to select one major rotation in the fall semester and another in the spring semester. Currently offered major rotations are:
- Minor rotations are approximately 4 hours per week and occur within SCS. Minor rotations are optional, but interns are highly encouraged to take advantage of these unique opportunities for training and supervision. Currently offered minor rotations include:
SCS is open from Monday-Friday from 8am- 5pm. Typically, interns are expected to work 40 hours per week whenever the University is open. University holidays can be found here.
- Individual therapy- 12-14 hours per week
- Group therapy- 1-1.5 hours per week
- Walk-in/Emergency Coverage- 4.5 hours per week
- Provision of Supervision- 1 hour per week
- Assessment- as needed
- Outreach- as requested, typically 2-4 hours in the Fall and Spring semester
- After-Hours on-call rotation - Approx. 3 weeks per year
- Individual supervision - 2 hours per week
- Group Supervision - 1 hour per week
- Supervision of group therapy - .5 hour per week
- Rotation supervision (if selected) - 1 hour per week
- Supervision of Supervision - 1 hour per week
- Staff Meeting - 1.5 hours per week
- Clinical Case Conference - 1.5 hours per week
- Seminar/Didactics - 2 hours per week
- Documentation- 5 hours per week
- Case Management- 4.5 hours per week
- Research/Dissertation/Job Search- 1 hour per week
- Lunch- 5 hours per week
Each intern receives a yearly salary of $36,457, paid bi-weekly. Additionally, interns receive full benefits including: health insurance, life insurance, personal and sick leave accrual, and retirement. Additional details regarding benefits can be found at the Mississippi State Human Resources Website. Interns are eligible to participate in the Mississippi State University faculty housing program.
Below is the timeline we used to seek APA-accreditation.
- May 2, 2018 - "Intent to Apply" application submitted to APA
- July 22, 2018 - "Intent to Apply" application materials reviewed by APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA)
- August 2018 - Feedback for Intent to Apply application received from APA and integrated into training program
- Fall 2018 - Inaugural Year in the APPIC Match Participation
- Spring 2019 - First Internship cohort hired
- Summer 2019- Submission of APPIC membership application and APA-Accreditation application
- September 2019- Approval for site visit given by APA.
- November 2019- APPIC Membership approved
- February 11th and 12th, 2020 - APA Site Visit
- July 19th, 2020- "Accreditation, on Contingency" status achieved!
|Internship Program Admissions|
|Date Program Tables are Updated: 07/28/2021|
|Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:|
SCS’ internship is a generalist training that includes conceptual and experiential training focusing primarily on outpatient care. SCS is a dynamic, interdisciplinary setting at a rural university with a student body from diverse and often underserved populations. Interns should value diversity and social justice. SCS looks for interns who are flexible, open to feedback, value training, and who are willing to engage in multiple types of service delivery, including: individual therapy, group therapy, psychoeducational workshops, crisis and after-hour experience, outreach, and supervision.
Additionally, SCS offers a variety of specialized rotations (8 hours a week) where interns can be expected to work in one of our partner offices in Athletics, Disability Support Services, or College of Veterinary Medicine. Minor rotations are also available, including specialized experience and supervision with LGBTQ+ issues, sexual assault and trauma work, international students, grief, and perinatal concerns. Interns will be asked to actively engage in self-reflection and dialogue about those reflections to improve clinical service delivery and promote professional development.
|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:|
|Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours||No||n/a|
|Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours||No||n/a|
|Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:|
Applicants must have passed comprehensive exams by time of application and must be planning to complete all coursework prior to the start of internship. Although not a requirement, applicants with experience within outpatient setting, particularly university counseling centers, and applicants that have proposed their dissertation will receive greater consideration.
|Internship Program Admissions|
|Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-Time Interns||$36,457|
|Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-Time Interns||n/a|
|Program provides access to medical insurance for intern||Yes|
|Trainee contribution to cost required?||Yes|
|Coverage of family member(s) available?||Yes|
|Coverage of legally married partner available?||Yes|
|Coverage of domestic partner available?||No|
|Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and / or Vacation):||12 hours accrued per month|
|Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave||8 hours accrued per month|
|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?||Yes|
|Other Benefits (please describe):|
In addition to the above described leave, applicants will receive all benefits of a full-time employee. This includes time-off for all university holidays (listed here), access to dental and vision insurance, disability insurance, and state retirement plan. Further details of these benefits and others can be found here.
Interns also receive 1 hour of professional development time per week and 5 days of additional professional leave a year, to be used for research/dissertation, job search, etc.
|Initial Post-Internship Positions|
|2019 - 2021|
|Total # of Interns who were in the 2 cohort||6|
|Total # of Interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program / are completing doctoral degree||0|
|Community mental health center||0||0|
|Federally qualified health center||0||0|
|Independent primary care facility / clinic||0||0|
|University counseling center||1||2|
|Veterans Affairs medical center||0||0|
|Military health center||0||0|
|Academic health center||0||0|
|Other medical center or hospital||0||0|
|Academic university / department||0||1|
|Community college or other teaching setting||0||0|
|Independent research institution||0||0|
|School district / system||0||0|
|Independent practice setting||0||1|
|Not currently employed||0||0|
|Changed to another field||0||0|
|Note: "PD" = Post-doctoral residency position; "EP" = Employed Position|
Current and Former Interns
|2021 - 2022|
|Breigh Jones-Coplin||Clinical Psychology, University of Denver|
|Kirbi Kidd||Counseling Psychology, Springfield College|
|Kristin Tew||Clinical Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology-New Orleans|
|2020 - 2021|
|Colin Iwanski||Clinical Psychology University of Illinois at Chicago|
|José Padilla Segarra||Clinical Psychology, Ponce Health Science University|
|Shayla Tumbling||Counseling Psychology, Tennessee State University|
|2019 - 2020|
|Suzanne Amadi||Clinical Psychology, Mississippi State University|
|Ashley Coleman||Clinical Psychology, Mississippi State University|
|James Morell||Clinical Psychology, Ponce Health Science University|