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Doctoral Internship

The Counseling Center at UMBC offers an APA-accredited doctoral internship in health services psychology. We are pleased to offer three full-time intern positions for the 2021 APPIC Internship Match. Applicants should have completed all required coursework, successfully passed their comprehensive examinations, and accrued a minimum of 375 intervention hours. The Counseling Center values diversity and encourages applicants of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and sexual orientation backgrounds to apply. View complete Internship Program Description.

The Counseling Center Internship Program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and will be participating in the APPIC National Match Process. All internship applications are to be submitted via the on-line APPIC Applications for Psychology Internship (AAPI On-line) system, available at www.appic.org (click on “APPI On-Line”). The program code for this internship is 2087. Applications are due by 12 midnight on November 1.

To be considered, please complete the AAPI Online (Application for Psychology Internship) with the following elements attached:

  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. All graduate transcripts
  3. A cover letter describing your interest in our internship program. Please be specific about your goals for internship and how our particular program will help you meet these goals.
  4. Three letters of recommendation using the APPIC Standardized Reference Form.

This internship site adheres to the APPIC Match Policies. 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.

Applicants who will be offered an interview will be notified no later than December 15th, with interviews scheduled in early to mid-January. For further information, please contact:

Soonhee Lee, Ph.D. (Assistant Director/Training) at soonhee@umbc.edu

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

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Internship Program Admissions

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 UMBC Counseling Center values diversity and encourages applicants of diverse ethnic, racial, age, religious, sexual orientation, and other backgrounds to apply. Successful applicants have a strong interest in working with young adults and college student mental health, particularly within a highly multi-culturally diverse setting. They are typically interested in increasing their breadth of knowledge and clinical experience not only in individual and group counseling, but also in outreach, consultation, and supervision. Most have an interest in working in a university counseling center after graduation, although past interns have gone on to careers in other settings as well. It is strongly preferred that applicants have clinical experience in a college counseling setting, although we will consider those with relevant experience if a strong case is made for why the applicant is interested in such an 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:

Minimum Hours Requirements:
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours Yes 375
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours No N/A

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.
  • Academic coursework and preparation in accordance with APA accreditation standards.
  • All required coursework completed prior to the start of internship.
  • Successful completion of doctoral comprehensive exams.
  • Successful submission of dissertation proposals.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year

The annual stipend for Doctoral Psychology Interns is $35,568. Interns are classified as Contingent I employees for the State of Maryland and are eligible for the university health care/benefits package. If significant changes in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act are implemented in the future, interns will most likely be reclassified as Visiting Graduate Students.

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns $35,568
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns: N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided 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? Yes
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) 120 hours together
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave
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
Administrative Leave* 40 hours
Professional Development Leave 40 hours
Professional Development Fund $300
Prescription Insurance (separate from Medical Insurance) Yes
Dental Insurance No
Term Life Insurance No
Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance No

* Interns (and other staff members) are strongly encouraged to take time off outside of the regular semesters. Interns are expected to take 5 administrative days at the end of internship to allow Counseling Center staff transition time between internship cohorts. Interns need to be mindful of the minimum 2000 hour internship requirement when considering how to use their Personal Time Off (PTO) days. All PTO must be approved by the Training Director and will take into account clinical demands of the Counseling Center.

Initial Post-Internship Positions*

2016 – 2019
Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 9
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0
Postdoc Employed
Community mental health center  0  1
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
Psychiatric hospital  1  0
Academic university/department  0  0
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  0  4
Not currently employed  0  0
Changed to another field  0  0
Other  0  0
Unknown  0  0

*Note: The setting represents their primary position.

Initial update: 5/4/2017

Recent update: 8/17/2020

Current and Former Interns

Initial Placements

2020 – 2021
Roshan Javadian
George Washington University
Current Intern
Amanda (Lily) Kaufmann
American University
Current Intern
Keyaira Williams
Loyola University Maryland
Current Intern
2019 – 2020
Jen Martinez
University of Massachusetts – Boston
Postdoctoral Fellow
Northwestern University
Ethan Swift
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Staff Psychologist
UMBC Counseling Center
Renae C. Mitchell
University of Kansas
Assistant Professor
Frostburg State University
2018 – 2019
Brett Kirkpatrick
University of Kentucky
Staff Psychologist
Towson University Counseling Center
Kavita Pallod Sekhsaria
Rutgers University
Clinical Psychologist
Quince Orchard Psychotherapy
Ryan Shea, Psy.D.
The George Washington University
Psychology Associate
Waypoint Wellness Center
2017 – 2018
Elizabeth Chase, Ph.D.
Alliant IU/CSPP – San Diego
Post-doctoral Fellow
UCLA Counseling & Psychological Services
Amani Johnson, Ph.D.
University of Buffalo
Staff Counselor, Student of Color Specialist
University at Buffalo Counseling Services
Bailey Tackett, Ph.D.
University of North Texas
Post-doctoral Fellow
Eating Recovery Center Dallas
Next STEPS Worldwise
2016 – 2017
Vicki Anagnostopoulos, Ph.D.
American University
Psychology Associate
Private Practice
Clinton Lewin, Psy.D.
Midwestern University
Psychology Associate
Private Practice
Kristen Pinto-Coelho, Ph.D.
University of Maryland College Park
Psychology Associate
Private Practice
2015-2016
Michelle Chu, Psy.D.
La Salle University
Staff Psychologist
Community Mental Health
Michelle Levine, Ph.D.
UMass – Boston
Stay-at-home Mom
Tymesha Pendleton, Psy.D.
Loyola University Maryland
Counselor – Mental Health
2014-2015
Maury Joseph, Psy.D.
George Washington University
Psychology Associate
Private Practice
Jamila Winn, Psy.D.
American School of Professional Psychology,
Argosy University
Psychology Associate
Private Practice
2013-2014
Jeffery Gause, Psy.D.
Nova Southeastern University
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Positive Impact
Melissa Hoffman, Psy.D.
George Washington University
Staff Psychologist
UMBC Counseling Center
2011-2013*
David Neale-Lorello, Ph.D.
American University
Staff Therapist
Chase Brexton Health Services
Niveen Soliman, Ph.D.
Fuller Theological Seminary
Psychology Associate
The Family Center
2009-2011*
Emilie Stuber, Psy.D
George Washington University
Staff Psychologist
UMBC Counseling Center
Paige White, Psy.D.
Chicago School of Prof. Psych
Post-doctoral Fellow
Community Mental Health Council
*Part-time, two-year internship