Doctoral Internship in Psychology

Vanderbilt University Counseling Center 

The Vanderbilt University Counseling Center (VUCC) is a large, well utilized multidisciplinary counseling center, with a staff of approximately 30 full and part-time mental health professionals. Our staff is active and consists of psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, and psychiatric nurse-practitioners. In addition to psychology interns, graduate level practicum students from a variety of mental health disciplines train at the center, as do psychiatry residents. Working in this multidisciplinary setting provides interns with opportunities to cultivate and sharpen clinical consultation skills with a variety of mental health professionals. The overall depth and breadth of training experiences offered make the VUCC an excellent fit for those seeking a career in a variety of outpatient settings.

PLEASE NOTE: Application deadline for 2018 Match has been extended to November 29th, 2017

As a training site the VUCC provides a comprehensive program that involves opportunities in:

    •       Short-term Individual therapy

    •       Group therapy

    •       Support Groups

    •       Diagnostic interviewing

    •       Assessment (cognitive and psycho-educational)

    •       Supervision

    •       Crisis intervention (triage and on-call)

    •       Outreach and consultation


Positions available

We expect to have 3 positions available for the 2018-2019 training year.

National Matching Service (NMS) Number: 246211


Training Period:

Term: July 2nd , 2018 - June 30, 2019



Special emphasis is also placed on supervision. Interns are assigned to licensed psychologists with experience in direct client service, supervision, and training. Interns receive two hours of on-site, individual supervision per week and also participate in supervision as part of their group therapy experience. Opportunities to provide ongoing supervision represent one of the distinguishing features of the VUCC. Interns at the VUCC are matched with a masters-level practicum student and serve as ancillary supervisors throughout the internship year. This experience provides interns with an opportunity to develop the foundational knowledge and skills associated with being a supervisor, which is facilitated through an additional hour of supervision (i.e., supervision of supervision) by a licensed psychologist in a group format.



All interns participate in structured training activities to ensure development of core competencies.

The required activities include:

    •       Direct clinical service (individual and group therapy)

    •       Conducting new client evaluations and generating written reports

    •      Assessment, including attending assessment seminar

    •       Receiving and providing individual clinical supervision

    •       Participating in supervision of supervision

    •       Attending weekly staff meetings

    •       Attending weekly case conference meetings

    •       Participating in on-call service



We are committed to an ongoing dialogue about individual differences in order to work effectively with the entire student body at Vanderbilt. We offer culturally competent and empirically supported services in a safe and affirming space. Our therapeutic, assessment, and educational programs are delivered in a caring and compassionate manner that recognizes the unique characteristics and experiences of the individual student. We support and challenge each other’s understanding of our own biases and experiences through active reading and dialogue.


Research Possibilities

As part of the required scholarly project, interns can participate in or create team research relevant to Center operations. The amount and focus of such research varies from year to year. The Center is becoming increasingly involved in research collaborations with academic departments within the University.

The VUCC doctoral internship in professional psychology has been a longstanding member of a consortium arrangement since 1971.  We are pleased to report that we recently received Accreditation on Contingency status from APA. This means that the  VUCC is now APA accredited as an independent site for the 2018-2019 year. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Frances Niarhos at frances.niarhos@Vanderbilt.Edu or call her at 615-322-2571.

The VUCC will be participation in the 2018 Match. Applicants may submit their applications through the AAPI online applicant portal

VUCC Training program National Matching Service (NMS) Number: 246211


All interns attend regularly scheduled case conferences and didactic seminars that are organized as part of the internship experience. The didactics are conducted in collaboration with the VA TVHS internship, which has been conducted for many years as part of the previous VU-VA Consortium. These mandatory training activities occupy approximately one half day each week, currently on Friday mornings. In addition to the presentation of clinically or professionally relevant content, a major objective of these collaborative training activities is to provide a structure within which members of the intern class may interact and learn from one another. 


All interns are required to participate in a scholarly project. 


The stipend for the 2018-2019 internship year is $27,000.00

Health Insurance

Vanderbilt offers health insurance as a benefit of employment.

Vacation and Sick Time

All interns are allowed a minimum of two weeks (i.e. 10 working days) annual leave (vacation), two weeks of sick leave (i.e. 10 working days), and seven professional days (to be used for professional meetings and workshops, dissertation related activities, job interviews, etc.). Arrangements for leave should be negotiated in advance with the relevant training sites except in cases of emergency. Extended periods of absence due to serious illness, illness of a family member, etc., will need to be made up by extending the period of the internship in order to complete training requirements.

Additional Resources

All interns have access to Vanderbilt University library resources, as well as the library and computer resources available at the training site.

The VUCC will be participating in the APPIC 2018 match

Applicants may submit their applications through the AAPI Online applicant portal.

National Matching Service (NMS) Number: 246211

The VUCC training program adheres to the APPIC Match Policies, which can be found here.

The VUCC doctoral internship in professional psychology has been a longstanding member of a consortium arrangement since 1971. As the consortium transitions to individual programs, the VUCC has been granted accreditation on contingency as an independent APA site. This means that interns who complete our internship during  2018-19 year will graduate from an APA approved site. For more information please contact Dr. Frances Niarhos at or call the Center at 615-322-2571.

The  VUCC will be participate in the 2018 APPIC Match. Applicants may submit their applications using the AAPI Online applicant system. The VUCC training program National Matching Service (NMS) Number is: 246211