Program Tables Updated: August 31, 2017

Internship Program Admissions

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:  No required minimum. 500 Total I&A hours preferred

Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours : No required minimum. Adult personality assessment experience preferred.

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants: 

  • 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: $27,295

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns:  NA

Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes 

  • If access to medical insurance is provided 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):

  • Interns accrue 4 hours per pay period for a total of 96 hours per year of Annual Leave
  • 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 of 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 - follows FMLA guidelines

Other Benefits (please describe)

As Non-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 http://www.hr.vt.edu/benefits/.

  • 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. Refer to  http://www.hr.vt.edu/benefits/retirement-financial/orp.html  and
    http://www.hr.vt.edu/benefits/retirement_financial/index.html for additional details.
  • 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 Facility

Cook Counseling Center and Schiffert Health Center are located in McComas Hall. The building also houses Recreational Sports. 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 ceiling-mounted video cameras and microphones. Live observation and video playback is possible from any staff office via an internal cable network
  • Each office is equipped with a panic button for added security

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. In addition, clerical assistance is available with the scoring of some psychological tests.

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

Resources

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)    
    2013-2016
  Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 11
  Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0
    PD EP
  Community mental health center NA NA
  Federally qualified health center NA NA
  Independent primary care facility/clinic NA NA
  University counseling center  6 2
  Veterans Affairs medical center  1 NA
  Military health center  NA NA
  Academic health center  NA NA
  Other medical center or hospital  NA NA
  Psychiatric hospital  NA NA
  Academic university/department NA 2
  Community college or other teaching setting NA NA
  Independent research institution NA NA
  Correctional facility NA NA
  School district/system NA N
  Independent practice setting NA 1
  Not currently employed NA NA
  Changed to another field NA NA
  Other NA NA
  Unknown NA 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.