APPIC Internship Advising & Coaching

Why pay for advising services for internship applications?

APAGS has shared its view on paying for match services – their answer is it’s “probably not” necessary, which we mostly agree with. There are many resources through APAGS and APPIC to support students in navigating the internship application process. We are also trying to contribute to the resource pool with the free information on this website and through the Get Me Outta Here, Please! podcast.

However, we are also aware that not all students have access to hands-on support in their doctoral programs. You can think of internship application advising along the lines of psychotherapy to a certain extent – sometimes having information is sufficient to help you make change or know how to proceed; other times you may need interpersonal interactions and support to help you reflect, access a stronger sense of self, and address challenges that arise in the process.

We offer psychology internship advising services for a limited number of counseling and clinical psychology students for a fee – keep reading for details. (All students are welcome to use the resources on this website for free.)

What is covered in internship advising and coaching:
  • Individualized one-on-one advising and coaching with one of our experienced advisors (all are licensed psychologists).
  • 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 or clinical psychology Ph.D., Ed.D. or Psy.D. program. (Unfortunately, the current advisors are not able to advise school psychology students.)
  • 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 child/family programs, school psych programs, or neuropsychology-focused programs.

An initial 15-minute consultation (free) is required. Fees are $110/session for the 2021-2022 academic year, with a minimum of 6 sessions’ commitment (50-60 minutes each via video).

** Currently only accepting mock interview/interview prep (1-2 meetings) requests (2021-2022)**

Contact us for a free 15-minute consultation to see if internship advising and coaching is the next step for you. You will be asked to share your CV and other materials (drafts) before the consultation. Please indicate if you are interested in working with a specific advisor: