Letter to Prospective Applicant

Letter to Prospective Applicant

Dear Prospective Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Counseling and Psychological Services’ (UNC-CH CAPS) APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship Program in Health Services Psychology. Congratulations on starting the next part of your journey towards becoming a psychologist. We understand that applying for internship can be a daunting process, and with this in mind, have highlighted a few aspects of the training program for your consideration. We hope that you will find this section of our website helpful in terms of learning more about our internship, model of training, goals and objectives, a typical schedule for an intern, training staff information, as well as application information and stipend and benefits provided. Additional information can be found in our FAQ section.

UNC –CH CAPS Doctoral Internship Program began in 2007. We became members of APPIC in 2008 and gained APA accreditation in 2011. CAPS is housed in the Campus Health Services (CHS) Building on campus. CAPS serves a population of over 29,000 students including undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students.  UNC-CH, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. UNC-CH is also committed to diversity and inclusion. One of the programs that reflects this is the Carolina Covenant program. Since 2004, the Carolina Covenant program has provided debt-free education for low income students who qualify, thus removing barriers and providing 100% of their financial need.

UNC-CH is located in the town of Chapel Hill, which is part of the Research Triangle or “Triangle” that includes the nearby cities of Raleigh and Durham. This region is the second largest metropolitan area of the state, behind Charlotte. The Raleigh-Durham area has been given the “Best place to live” recognition (Number 4 out of 100 according to US News’ 2016, “Best places to live”. Only a few hours from the mountains and beaches, the Triangle provides numerous opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Durham has also been recognized as the “South’s Tastiest Town” by Southern Living Magazine and “America’s Foodiest Small Town” by Bon Appetit Magazine. For those interested in the performing arts, the Triangle supports not only local artists, but also attracts national and international performances at UNC and beyond.

As an intern at CAPS, you would have the opportunity to provide brief therapy to a diverse student population, participate in our vibrant groups program, learn more about crisis and risk assessment, provide triage (walk-in) service to students, supervise graduate students, participate in training activities, and provide outreach to the university community. Our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive internship experience that weaves in multicultural awareness, ethics, research, empirically validated treatments, as well as a focus on self-awareness and interpersonal skills.

At CAPS, we offer four full-time internship positions, each carrying a stipend of $30,688 with vacation, professional development, and sick time provided.  The internship is for a full calendar year. As an APPIC member, we participate in the APPIC Internship Matching Program for selection. You must be enrolled in the APPIC Internship Matching Program and use the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) in order to apply. The APPIC website has complete instructions for using the on-line APPI application. If you have not requested an application agreement form and materials describing the Internship Matching Program, please contact:

National Matching Service, Inc.
595 Bay Street
Suite 301, Box 29
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G2C2
Phone: (416) 977-3432
Fax: (416) 977-5020

The UNC Chapel Hill Counseling and Psychological Services Program Code Number for the APPIC Match is 206311. We follow all APPIC Guidelines, and uphold the policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any rank related information from any intern applicant in our selection process.

Please do not hesitate to contact me either by phone (919) 966-3658 or email at msdiaz@email.unc.edu if you have any questions. Thank you again for your interest in our site! Best wishes on your internship selection and match process.

 

Sincerely,

Mari S. Diaz, Psy.D.
Coordinator of Training
Counseling and Psychological Services
Campus Health Services

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