Doctoral Internship Admission, Support & Initial Placement Data

Internship Program Admissions

Date Program Tables updated:  July 2, 2020

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:

The University of Kentucky Counseling Center Internship in Health Service Psychology considers only applicants from Clinical and Counseling Psychology Ph.D. or Psy.D. Programs (preferably APA or CPA accredited) whose training directors have certified that they are eligible and ready for internship.  All coursework, practicum experience, and comprehensive exams required for the doctoral degree must be completed by the application date.  Candidates who have completed their dissertation will be given preference.  Competitive applicants will have college counseling center experience, outreach experience, an interest in multiculturalism, group therapy, and ADHD assessment, and have completed 400 intervention hours on the AAPI by the start of the internship. 

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         Yes       Amount: 400 hours

Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours        No        Amount: 0 hours

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

Our Counseling Center seeks individuals who are collaborative in nature, have strong communication skills, practice good self-care, are open to learning different therapeutic approaches and the current literature that informs clinical practice, are independent while valuing consultation and collaboration, and value self-reflection as a tool for professional development.


Application Procedure

We will be participating in the APPIC matching program. Our program code number is 2227 (APPIC National Matching Service 222711). All materials must be submitted for review online by the due date of November 14th, 2020 at midnight EST.  The training committee will use the following information to determine which candidates will be invited for interviews:

  • Completed AAPI as found on the APPIC website at "APPI On-line." Please be certain that your Curriculum Vitae and Transcripts, as required by the "APPI On-line" are included.
  • Cover letter explaining why you believe you would be a good fit with the internship program at The University of Kentucky Counseling Center.
  • Three letters of reference with at least two from people who have directly supervised your clinical work. It would be preferable if references are from your most recent work.
  • Based on the University of Kentucky's Human Resource policies and consistent with APPIC Match policies, appointments of applicants to internship positions will be contingent upon the applicants satisfying certain eligibility requirements (e.g. background check). These procedures are carried out after the Match and are solely for matched interns. Please see APPIC Match Policy #6b for more information.

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.

  • The University of Kentucky is committed to a policy of providing educational opportunities to all academically qualified students regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.
  • The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity university. We encourage applications from all academically qualified people interested in educational opportunities.
  • Qualified students with disabilities should contact the Disability Resource Center at (859) 257-2754.




Applicants will be notified of their interview status via email by December 15th.  Dates of interviews are communicated to selected applicants in this communication.  Applicants can, on a first come first serve basis, select the interview date among dates in early January. The interview will include several components: 

1.  A video introduction to UKCC, University of Kentucky, and the internship program (which includes a thorough description of the agency, the services offered, and a description of the different training seminars and experiences interns will have during their training year.  The video can be accessed on our website. 

2. 75 minute Zoom interviews during which a team of staff members (2-5 per team) will ask the applicants standardized questions, and an individual meeting with the Training Director. 

3. Applicants may join one of several half-hour meetings with the current interns to learn about their experiences on internship at UKCC.    

There will be opportunities for applicants to ask questions during interviews with staff, the Training Director, and the interns.  It is the goal that by the end of the interview, applicants will have a good sense of the UKCC staff, how we work, and the specifics of the training program, and that the staff would know the applicants, their skills, areas of interest, and training goals.  Our staff believe that a good fit is predictive of interns' satisfaction and success during internship; as a result, we have developed an informative, transparent, and thorough process by which our site and our applicants can both evaluate degree of fit. 


Training Year

The internship appointment is for twelve (12) months, at 40-45 hours per week, beginning on August 9, 2021 and continuing through August 5, 2022.  During the internship year, interns will accrue and document 2,000 professional hours, of which a minimum will be 500 hours of direct service.


Positions for the Coming Year

The Counseling Center has four (4) full-time internship positions for the 2021-2022 year. 


Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

  • Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns:                                       $36,000.00
  • Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns:                                      not applicable
  • Program provides access to medical insurance for intern:                Yes
  • Trainee contribution to cost required?                                                No
  • 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)       80
  • Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave:                                                      40
  • 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:  

  • 10 paid vacation days plus all university holidays (approximately 10)
  • 5 sick days, and 5 professional development days
  • access to university facilities (e.g. athletic facilities) , libraries, non-revenue university athletic games, eligible to purchase parking pass
  • limited financial support may be provided for professional conferences
  • Each intern has her/his/their own private office and are free to decorate and personalize their space  Offices are equipped with a desk, computer, printer, internet access to voicemail, bookshelves, windows, and a space for counseling. Additionally, each intern office is equipped with digital video cameras to record sessions for review by interns and supervisors.
  • The Counseling Center uses Titanium for scheduling and clinical notes, and all interns have access to Titanium on their computers. Clients complete intake paperwork electronically, allowing clinicians to view electronic information from their offices prior to going to the waiting room to meet their clients.  In the case that the Counseling Center will be providing telehealth due to Covid-19, interns will have remote access to their desktop at UKCC.  Interns will be able to provide telehealth as well as receive supervision and training from their office on campus or from home through remote access.  
  • Additionally, interns have access to campus computing resources through their office computers, statistical, data and word processing software. 
  • Our front office staff provide excellent clerical support to interns

*Note. Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table


A Note About Liability Insurance

While covered by the University's general liability insurance, interns are required to carry their own professional liability insurance coverage, which can be obtained through APA or often a student’s home institution at a reasonable cost. 


Initial Post-Internship Positions 

(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)  



Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts   12
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree   1
   PD* EP*
Community mental health center 0 0
Federally qualified health center 0 0
Independent primary care facility/clinic 0 0
University counseling center 2 4
Veterans Affairs medical center 0 1
Military health center 0 0
Academic health center 1 0
Other medical center or hospital   0 0
Psychiatric hospital 0 0
Academic university/department  0 1
Community college or other teaching setting 0 0
Independent research institution 0 0
Correctional facility 0 0
School district/system 0 0
Independent practice setting 2 0
Not currently employed 0 0
Changed to another field 0 0
Other 0 1
Unknown 0 0

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position.  Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time.


Contact Information

Please feel free to contact the Training Director if you have questions.  Email is the preferred means of contact.

Diane Sobel, Ph.D.

Assistant Director/Training Director
University of Kentucky Counseling Center
Consultation and Psychological Services
635 S. Limestone
104 Mandrell Hall
Lexington, KY  40508-0651
Phone:  (859) 257-8701
FAX: (859) 257-3319



The University of Kentucky Counseling Center is accredited by the American Psychological Association through 2022. We are also ACCTA and APPIC members and the Counseling Center is accredited by IACS (International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.).

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

APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street
N.E. Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979