Introduction to the 2020-2021 PCC Psychology Internship Program
Dear Prospective Applicant:
Thank you for your interest in our Internship Program in Professional Psychology at Pasadena City College. There are two very good reasons to consider us as your first internship choice. College settings are wonderful training sites in which to sharpen your skills. Pasadena City College is an excellent setting to increase your understanding in working with a diverse population. Our Personal Counseling Program draws from a multicultural community of students with the largest groups being Caucasian (7%), Asian-Pacific (25%), Hispanic (49%), and African-American (4%). Over half of our students are female (53%) and 30% are older than 25 years of age.
Next year we will accept up to four half-time pre-doctoral interns. The minimum requirement is 840 hours spread out over 46 weeks. There are three weeks of vacation that are not included in the 46 weeks. I know some schools require 1000 hours. We can adjust your hours to accommodate those schools. In the past, we have been able to award an honorarium to each intern. All honorariums will be dependent upon College budget approval, but we anticipate the amount to be $4,000.
Pasadena City College is in the midst of its second $100 million, ten-year master plan. The Personal Counseling Program, along with our internship, has grown over the years and is a stable and well-regarded component of the College. We don’t believe this will change in the future, and, in fact, may be expanding.
We know that the selection of an internship is crucial in the professional development of a psychologist. It is an equally crucial decision for the internship program. To facilitate a good match of interests, opportunities, and needs, we ask that you familiarize yourself with our internship and Personal Counseling.
Our theoretical orientation is primarily cognitive-behavioral. We emphasize short-term, solution-focused therapy. Each student gets 8 sessions each semester and 6 during the winter and summer terms. Supervision is conducted from a cognitive-behavioral perspective.
To make a formal application, please:
- Arrange to have the Academic Recommendation form from one instructor and a Clinical Recommendation form from two clinical supervisors sent directly to us. It would be helpful if you would send us the most recent copy of your clinical evaluation.
- Complete the Clinical Skills Inventory.
- Submit a current resume describing your experiences in providing Personal Counseling. This may be posted on the CAPIC website with your application.
- Provide a one-page typed statement of your interest in, and your expectations of the internship and how it relates to your career goals as a professional psychologist. This also may be posted on the CAPIC website.
To be eligible for the 2020-2021 CAPIC Match, we must receive your materials in our office by 11:59 pm on February 12, 2021, but the sooner the better. Once we receive the required material, the selection committee will review the information and notify those applicants selected for an interview. Please be aware that submitting an application does not guarantee you an interview. Those not selected will be notified by mail.
We will start conducting interviews in mid-February. We will adhere to the uniform notification computer match of the California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC).
If you are not already familiar with our internship program here at PCC, you may wish to speak with one of our current interns to gain an intern’s perspective of the quality of training. You may call any of them at the office and explain the purpose of your call.
Because clinical supervision is a central feature of our training, you may wish to know more about your supervisors. There is a link to the resume of each of the supervisors on the website.
Your internship experience is a vital part of your clinical training. Please contact, Dr. Jason Vasquez at (626) 585-7273, if you have any additional questions.