Comprehensive Advising & Coaching

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What is covered in comprehensive internship advising and coaching:
  • Individualized one-on-one advising and coaching with one of our knowledgeable advisors.
  • Discussion of program-sanctioned (practicum) hours and competencies.
  • Identification of professional goals and professional identity (and how to talk about them)
  • Review of the four internship essays – feedback is provided about content and flow; advisors do not copy edit the essays. Essay discussions will explore personal and professional concerns related to each essay. All essays are important, but we focus on making the theoretical orientation and diversity essays the strongest.
  • Discussion of internship site selection.
  • Review of CV content and format.
  • Support in navigating the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI), including responses to professional conduct questions.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in an APA-accredited counseling, clinical, or school psychology Ph.D., Ed.D. or Psy.D. program.
  • Approved by doctoral program’s Director of Clinical Training (DCT) to apply to APPIC doctoral internships.
  • Has a goal of attending an APA-accredited internship.


  • Commitment to the advising and coaching process, which includes a minimum of 6 meetings.
  • Openness to and engagement with feedback process.
  • Proactive communication about challenges (e.g., procrastination, writers’ block, dissertation stress, attendance).

Students who have worked well with our advisors:

  • welcome constructive feedback and are generally non-defensive.
  • like a straightforward approach.
  • generally work within Dr. Chen’s suggested timeline.
  • are authentic about who they are and why they are in the field of psychology.
  • have a sense of humor.

We have advised students applying to the following types of internship sites (adults and lifespan):

  • college and university counseling centers
  • VA internships
  • forensic settings
  • integrated health and hospital settings
  • community mental health

We are less of a fit for students applying for primarily neuropsychology-focused programs.

Fee: For the 2023-2024 academic year: comprehensive advising involves a minimum of 6 sessions’ commitment (50-60 minutes each via video). An initial 20-minute consultation (free) is required.

Advising sign-upFee
Early-start advising – start by Aug. 31st (with at least 50% fee paid)$120/meeting (6 meetings minimum)
Advising starting after Sept. 1st$150/meeting (6 meetings minimum)

Contact Us

Please complete this form for a free 15-20 minute consultation to see if comprehensive internship advising and coaching is the next step for you. Please indicate if you are interested in working with a specific advisor (there is no guarantee regarding availability). You will be asked to share your CV and other materials before the consultation (draft form is fine).