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Application and Selection Information

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We hope that you will decide to apply to UC Irvine!

Qualifications of Candidates

Candidates should have completed all course work toward their doctorate in an APA or CPA accredited program (in counseling or clinical psychology). To be competitive, candidates must have completed a minimum of 500 Doctoral Intervention and Assessment hours prior to the internship start date. Due to COVID-19 pandemic candidates who have completed 450 Doctoral Intervention and Assessment hours on the APPI can also apply. Candidates should also have completed course work related to, and have working experience with culturally diverse populations.

Application Procedures

A complete application for our site includes the following standard materials automatically included with the application submitted via the APPI Online Service:

  • A completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) form which can be accessed through the APPIC website by going to and then clicking the “APPI Online” link
  • A cover letter: including any interest and experience in outreach
  • Current Curriculum Vita
  • Copies of all graduate school transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (Letters of Recommendations must be submitted using the APPIC Standardized Reference Form)

Our application deadline is November 9th, 2022 at 11:59pm (Eastern Standard Time). Please note that your file will not be reviewed by our Selection Committee unless all application materials are entered through AAPIC Online. It is your responsibility to see that all of the above materials, including letters of recommendations, are entered correctly. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Additionally, the UC Irvine Counseling Center adheres to all APPIC intern selection policies. In keeping with the policy we do not solicit, accept or use ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

The APPIC Policy on Internship Offers, Acceptances and Match Policy is available at If you do not have access to the Internet, a copy of the AAPI and Match Policy can be obtained by writing to the address listed below:

APPIC Central Office
17225 El Camino Real
Onyx One - Suite #170
Houston, TX 77058-2748

Final acceptance for interns to the UC Irvine Counseling Center psychology internship program is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation (i.e. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice fingerprint scans) prior to the commencement of the internship.

If you have any additional questions about the application process, please contact Chun-Chung Choi, Ph.D. Training Director/ Associate Director at (949) 824-6457 or

Final Selection Process

All interviews with final candidates will be conducted in December via a scheduled video or telephone conference call. Information obtained via the video or phone interview and the written application materials will be used to determine final rankings.

A visit to the UCI Counseling Center can be made in coordination with the Training Director upon request. 

Our internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. We also abide by all APPIC match policy. The entire APPIC match policy can be viewed at the APPIC website. Final acceptance for interns to the internship program is contingent upon meeting the University and internship program background and reference check criteria.

You can obtain instructions and download the Applicant Agreement required to register for the national match from the Matching Program website, or by contacting the National Matching Service directly at (716) 282-4013 or writing to:

National Matching Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 1208
Lewiston, NY USA, 14092-8208.

Our APPIC Program Number is 1123
Our National Matching Service (NMS) Program Code Number is 112311

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

To be competitive, candidates must have completed 450 AAPI Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours prior to the start of internship.

For more information about our doctoral internship program, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section of this website.

For more information about the American Psychological Association (APA), Accreditation and to access further information and/or reports regarding the accreditation status of UCI’s Counseling Center Doctoral Psychology Internship Training Program, please contact the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation.

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email: / Web:

Weathering the Weather

It is getting closer to the holiday break and the end is in sight! Soon we will be with family and friends and getting some much-needed relaxation after the start to the quarter! Phew!

While this time can be something to look forward to, it is important to still be aware of caring for your mental health. Here are some things to consider as we reach the end of the year!

Summer Reflection

Summer is a great time to reflect on all the things you have done and learned along the way, and to also consider what areas you would like to grow into as you transition into the next academic year.

Take time to reflect, and perhaps even journal out your thoughts:

How to Improve Relationship with Food

Are you struggling with your relationship with food? In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week that occurs Feb. 21st- Feb. 27th here are 7 tips that will help you improve your relationship with food:

1. Be aware that there are NO “good” foods and “bad” foods. All foods provide nutrition and sustenance to the body and our bodies need protein, carbohydrate, fiber, and even sugar and fat to survive. All foods are good if you eat a variety of foods to get all of the nutrients that you need in moderation….