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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 Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center at Virginia Tech is pleased to offer our doctoral internship in psychology. This university counseling center internship is focused on preparation of health service psychologists for entry into general clinical practice. The Counseling Center provides a broad range of services to enrolled students including individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, couples counseling, psychological assessment, psychoeducational workshops, outreach programming, and consultation. Interns receive additional experience in the areas of research and supervision. The internship year begins on August 10 and ends on August 9 of the following year.

    To be eligible for the internship program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

    ·         Currently enrolled in a doctoral program in counseling psychology or clinical psychology. APA accreditation preferred.

    ·         Successful completion of comprehensive examinations prior to application due date

    ·         Completion of all doctoral coursework by the beginning of internship

    ·         Approved for internship by their academic training director

    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       X No

    Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours       Yes      X No

    Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

  • 500 Total I&A hours preferred but not required. 
  • Background Check.  All Virginia Tech employees, including trainees, must successfully pass a criminal background check and clearance. 
  • Work Eligibility. All internship applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. by either citizenship or Visa status.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*


Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns




Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns




Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?

X Yes


If access to medical insurance is provided:

Trainee contribution to cost required?

  X Yes


Coverage of family member(s) available?

 X  Yes


Coverage of legally married partner available?

 X  Yes


Coverage of domestic partner available?


X  No



Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)

96 hours per year

Interns accrue 6 hours of annual leave per pay period.

Interns are granted an additional 32 hours per year of Family Personal Leave

12 paid holidays (additional holiday time may be granted by the governor)


Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave

40 hours per year

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?

 X  Yes

follows FMLA





Other Benefits (please describe)

As Exempt University Staff, doctoral interns will receive full university benefits including leave time, insurance, and retirement investments. Detailed information can be found on the Human Resources website at .

Employees of Virginia Tech must make a mandatory employee contribution to a designated retirement account for the Plan Year equal to 5 percent of the employee’s compensation. In turn, Virginia Tech contributes 8.5 percent of the employee’s salary into the Retirement Plan. 

Interns are allowed two hours per week of research time that may be used either for in-house research or dissertation completion.

Interns are eligible to purchase a faculty/staff parking permit. Their Virginia Tech ID card entitles them to free passage on the Blacksburg Transit buses.

Interns may obtain staff library privileges including interlibrary loan services

Interns may utilize recreational facilities at McComas Student Health and Fitness Center as well as War Memorial Gym

Interns may be approved to attend off-site workshops or conferences at the discretion of the director and training director, as well as other on-campus continuing education activities sponsored by Cook Counseling Center.

As employees of Virginia Tech, interns are covered in the performance of their professional duties under the university liability insurance policy.


The main office of Cook Counseling Center where intern offices are located is housed in suite 2400 of the Gilbert Place building at 220 Gilbert St. Resources within the facility include:

A private office equipped with a desktop computer, printer, phone and Ethernet access

Virginia Tech email account

Senior staff and intern offices have the capabilty to videorecord via their computers.

Each office is equipped with a panic button for added security.

Additional satellite offices are located in the East Eggleston residence hall as well as embedded offices in Athletics, the Graduate School, the College of Business, the College of Engineering, The College of Science, the Veterinary Medicine school, the Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine as well as the Northern Virginia campus.

Administrative and Technical Support

Interns enjoy the same access to clerical support as the senior staff with front office staff available to answer phones and schedule client appointments.

Access to Student Affairs IT staff is available to assist all staff with computer hardware and software issues, as well as Student Affairs Communications staff to assist with questions about web design and social media.


Information about childcare options, as well as information about schools, health care and counseling services in the New River Valley can be obtained through Hokie Wellness at Virginia Tech   

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

Initial Post-Internship Positions

(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)    
Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 8
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0
Academic teaching NA NA
Community mental health center NA 1
Consortium NA NA
University counseling center  2 4
Hospital / Medical Center NA NA
Veterans Affairs Health Care System  NA NA
Psychiatric facility NA NA
Correctional facility NA NA
Health maintenance organization NA NA
School district/system NA NA
Independent practice setting NA NA
Other 1 NA
Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time.  For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.