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Pre-doctoral Internship

We appreciate your interest in our CAPIC membership pre-doctoral internship site. Relevant information has been included on this website to help you determine if we are a compatible training site for you and your professional goals. We wish you well during this stressful application time.

Training Overview

Our training philosophy views Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) as a welcoming and supportive university setting committed to training. The general purpose is to guide budding psychologists to appropriate levels of clinical competence and professional conscience given their level of experience. Our training values learning through observation, mentoring, modeling, didactic training, and supervision.

In support of the mission of the University and the Student Affairs division, CPS is committed to serving and enhancing the holistic development of our students as well as educating and consulting with the college community.

Full-time Internship: We offer three full-time (40 hrs/wk) pre-doctoral internship positions, which serve both the Doheny and Chalon campuses. The hours are M-Th 8:30am to 5:00pm and F 8:00am to 4:30pm. The stipend is $12,000 for the year. The internship begins August 17, 2015 and ends May 31, 2016 (9.5 months) in order to complete the 1,500 hours necessary for licensure in California.  Please note the internship provides 1,500 hours and some graduate schools require more than this for graduation. Please confirm with your school that the 1,500 hours will satisfy its requirements or that the school is willing to grant exceptions for CAPIC sites that offer 1,500 hour full-time internships before applying.


Psychology interns provide a range of services to both undergraduate and graduate students. In the process, interns solidify their knowledge and culturally-sensitive skills in clinical assessment, individual therapy, crisis intervention, consultations, and outreach. Additionally, interns will have a basic applied knowledge of CA laws and APA ethical guidelines as well as develop an early sense of professional identity. Common student concerns that interns address include depression, anxiety, academic performance, family and romantic relationships, eating disorders, substance abuse, adjustment disorders, intergenerational conflict and low self-esteem. Multicultural approaches are expected to be integrated into all areas, as needed.


The majority of the psychology intern’s time at CPS is devoted to providing direct clinical service. Forty to sixty percent of the time each week is devoted to counseling clients in short-term therapy and crisis intervention. Interns carry two long-term clients in their caseloads to gain richer clinical perspectives and skills.


Interns have opportunities to consult with the Mount St. Mary's College community (also known as the “Mount”), such as parents, staff and faculty. As a result, interns gain increased competence in providing culturally-sensitive education and guidance. The main purpose is to help the community assist our students in removing obstacles and optimizing holistic development.

Prevention Programming

Outreach is considered a key component of our work at the Mount. The purpose is to reach the underserved and provide psycho-educational prevention programs that will increase the well-being of our community. Outreach opportunities are numerous at CPS. Each year, we receive requests from different departments, such as the Orientation Committee, Learning Resource Center, Women’s Leadership, Residence Life, Student Activities, and professors. Interns develop liaison relationships with other departments and learn to develop culturally-appropriate prevention programs. Some programs are collaborative efforts, such as Take Back the Night, which is an annual sexual assault prevention program. Other programs, such as National Depression Screening Day, are sponsored solely by CPS. The diverse outreach opportunities provide trainees with a better understanding of the campus community and the development of a broader range of skills.

Training Seminars

Interns attend didactic trainings weekly on clinical topics relevant to our emerging adult, college population. A sample of past topics includes Latino Psychology and Clinical Implications, Updates on Psychopharmacology, Evidence-Based Practice, and Crisis Intervention. Speakers include CPS staff as well as community psychologists. Relevant readings are provided.


Interns receive four hours of supervision each week, which include 2.5 hours of individual supervision and 1.5 hour of group supervision by licensed clinical psychologists. The interns will work with two different supervisors, enhancing their training experience. The staff of each campus also meets weekly for an hour for case conference/outreach supervision.

Additional Benefits

Predoctoral interns have the privilege of using university facilities, including the library, the campus cafes, the pools, and the gyms when a university ID is shown. In addition, discount rates are offered on bookstore merchandise and community cultural events. The parking fee is waived for predoctoral interns.

Interns are off typically for seven university holidays during the academic year and will get one week off during the winter break between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day. Sick leave time is also provided.

About MSMC

Mount St. Mary’s College is a private, Catholic college of approximately 2,700 students, the majority of whom are women. The students are diverse in terms of ethnicity, culture, socio-economic status, and life experience. For example, 47% of the students we serve are Latina/o, 22% are Asian/Pacific Islander, 15% are Caucasian, and 6% are African American.

The Chalon campus is nestled in the hills above Brentwood with beautiful views of Los Angeles and the coast. The historic Doheny campus is a magnificent enclave of Victorian homes converted into classrooms and offices. It is located near downtown Los Angeles.

Application Process

Applicants having interest in outreach and consultation in a college setting, prior experience with performing intakes, and prior experience providing short-term psychotherapy are preferred. To apply to our Pre-doctoral Internship please include:

1.  Letter of Interest

2. CAPIC Uniform Application and CAPIC Eligibility & Readiness form (,

3. Curriculum Vitae

4. Official Graduate School Transcripts (please scan/upload official transcripts and not unofficial student grades)
5. Three Letters of Recommendation (one from an academic source and two from clinical supervisors. We prefer to have
    one letter be from your current supervisor)

All application materials need to be submitted online to CAPIC.  If you cannot scan or upload your Official Transcript to your CAPIC application you may send it directly to CPS.  If uploading transcripts please note:  we consider your transcripts that were official before you unsealed them to scan as official and you do not need to mail us hardcopies.

If needed, you may mail Official Transcripts to: 
Kendra Nickerson, PhD 
Counseling & Psychological Services
Mount St. Mary’s College
10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Application Deadline: applications will be received until the CAPIC deadline.

Phone: (213) 477-2668

If you have any questions about MSMC and Counseling & Psychological Services, check our website at /student-life/health-fitness/counseling-psychological-services/ or contact Kendra Nickerson, PhD, Associate Director/Training Director, at (213) 477-2805 or

Selection Process

Application materials will be reviewed and selected interview candidates will be contacted for an in-person or telephone interview. We may contact some of your references for additional information. Counseling & Psychological Services is participating in CAPIC’s online computer match. Please review CAPIC’s policies on applying for internships.

Former Pre-doctoral Interns


Annie Gharakhani, MA, (Alliant International University - Los Angeles)

Annika Krankl,  MA, (Alliant International University - Los Angeles)

Erika Ramos, MA (Alliant International University - San Diego)


Nastaran Bayani-Rad, MA, (Alliant International University)

Valerie Dy, MA, (The Chicago School)

Jessica Gaines, MA, (Alliant International University)


Jennifer Jordan, MA (Alliant International University)

Dore Lavering, MA (Antioch University)

Summer Zapata, MA (Alliant International University)


Elika Abtahi, MA (Alliant International University)

Diana Horowitz, MA (American School of Professional Psychology)

Shadi Sharifi, MFT/MA (Alliant International University)


Christina Cruz, MA (Alliant International University)

Jonna Fries, MA (Phillips Graduate Institute)

Mackenzie Abraham, MA (Fuller Graduate School of Psychology)


Tanya Chala, MA (Alliant International University)

Samantha Clemens, MA (Alliant International University)

Donna Truong, MA (Phillips Graduate Institute)


Dawn Decker, MA (Pepperdine University)

Mary Jane Julius, MA (Alliant International University)

Shiva Kashani, MA (Alliant International University)


Erisa Preston, MA (Alliant International University)

Tina Alexandria, MA (Phillips Graduate Institute)

Anna Yaralyan, MA (Alliant International University)


Evelyn Espinoza, MA (Alliant International University)

Cheryl Cooper, MA (Phillips Graduate Institute)

Mimi Hoang, MA (Alliant International University)


Tara Lenee, MA (Alliant International University)

Kristin Liang, MA (Alliant International University)

Belinda Najera, MA (Pepperdine University, GSEP)