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Application Process

We encourage candidates to decide if this internship correlates with their interests and competencies, and to determine their eligibility to apply based on the following criteria.


Candidates must be doctoral students in APA or CPA accredited Counseling or Clinical Psychology programs who have completed A MINIMUM OF 400 HOURS OF DIRECT SERVICE AND 200 HOURS INDIRECT SERVICE IN PRE-INTERNSHIP SETTINGS BY THE TIME OF APPLICATION.  AT LEAST ONE OF THE PRE-INTERNSHIP SETTINGS MUST BE IN A UNIVERSITY COUNSELING CENTER and a minimum of 50 direct service hours must have been provided within that setting by the time of application. In addition to having completed all required coursework prior to beginning the internship, prospective interns must have successfully completed their comprehensive examinations.

Selection Process

Once applicants who meet the minimum requirements are identified, their AAPIs are reviewed by members of the training staff and interns (e.g., Selection Committee).   Reviewers use an Intern Applicant Rating Form which looks at the strength of the applicants written materials, transcripts, and letters of recommendations.   All of the essays are seriously considered and the selection committee focuses on applicant’s ability to engage in self-reflection and attention to multiculturalism.  The Selection Committee then meets to make recommendations as to who to invite for a phone interview.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The Non-Discrimination policy of New Mexico State University, in part, reads, “New Mexico State University is dedicated to providing equal employment opportunities in all areas of occupation without regard to age, ancestry, color, mental or physical disability, gender, serious medical condition, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, spousal affiliation, or veteran status, according to state and federal laws. This dedication extends to recruiting and hiring, promotion, and other personnel actions such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, terminations, training, education, tuition assistance, social and recreational programs. NMSU’s comprehensive affirmative action program supports this effort.” (See New Mexico State University Policy Manual, Policy 3.25 EEO and Diversity on Campus).  Of importance is the fact that NMSU’s President Carruthers has identified diversity in the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan for the university (see http://plan.nmsu.edu/files/2012/07/Vision-2020-Plan.pdf, page 5) which actively promotes a number of objectives including the creation of an environment that is supportive of diverse students, faculty and staff; to have student diversity at all academic levels; the recruitment and retention of diverse staff and faculty; a commitment to New Mexico and border region diversity by promoting curriculum and programs; and, to foster cross-cultural awareness and communication.

In concert with the Non-Discrimination Policy of this university, the Counseling Center strives to promote a work and training environment that values and is respectful of the cultural differences and similarities represented in all people in general, and our university community in particular.  The Counseling Center fosters an attitude of openness to learning from others and enhancing one’s self-awareness in an effort to contribute to the well-being and dignity of all.

Number of Positions/Time Frame of Internship

  • There are four full-time, 12-month internship positions available. All interns are required to complete at least 2,000 hours (500 must be direct service) in order to satisfactorily finish the internship.
  • The training year will begin August 1 and end July 31.

Stipends and Benefits

Salary:  $22,368

In addition to almost 365 days of sunshine, the following is a summary of the benefits as associated with the psychology intern position:

  • Professional development time (can be used for dissertation release time)
  • Off on all University approved holidays
  • Access to University resources including Campus Health Center and Employee Assistance Program services
    • Medical, group basic life insurance with AD&D and long term disability – NMSU pays a portion of the per pay period premium based on the salary of the employee
    • Dental paid 40% by employee, 60% by NMSU
    • Employee paid benefits
      • Vision, Voluntary Life and AD&D Insurance, Critical Illness and Long Term Care
    • Other programs that may have an associated cost
      • Tuition Remission – taxable benefit in some circumstances
      • Discounted athletic event tickets – taxable benefit
      • Flexible Spending Accounts – based on elected amount (pre-tax deduction)
      • Voluntary retirement plans – based on elected amount (pre-tax deductions for all, one offers post tax deductions)
    • Term appointment leave programs
      • Accrue annual leave –must be used by end of term appointment, does not pay out upon termination/resignation – balances as of July 1st must be used by September 30th or forfeited
      • 16.5 days (132 hours) of annual leave is accrued over the course of the year
      • No sick leave accrual

With the exception of retirement, all benefit programs are voluntary and require an enrollment form. The retirement plan is mandatory and a condition of employment and will automatically be deducted from their paycheck from their first day forward. Costs of benefits are determined by what the employee signs up for and how much the university pays on their behalf.

Interns have 31 days from the date of hire to make their benefit elections. Benefit enrollment after that date is subject to restrictions without a qualifying event. Information can be found at: http://benefits.nmsu.edu/enrollment/changes/

Application Procedures

The NMSU Doctoral Internship of Professional Psychology is a member of the Association of Psychology, Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and currently is not an APA-accredited internship site.  The NMSU Internship Program adheres to the Match Policies established by APPIC. Specifically, this internship agrees to abide by the APPIC Policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. Click here to view the APPIC Match Policies.

The application process will occur on-line (see the APPIC website for more details). All application materials will be uploaded via the applicant portal on the APPIC website. We will not accept any paper materials. To be considered for internship at the NMSU Counseling Center (Program Code Number 143811), your online application must include the following elements:

  • Completed AAPI (Application for Psychology Internship)
  • Letter of interest
  • Current vita
  • Graduate school transcripts
  • Three letters of reference from professionals who are familiar with your clinical/counseling skills and academic performance. At least two of these letters should be from individuals who directly supervised your practicum experience and one from your academic advisor (or equivalent) addressing your recent academic work.

Please note that due to institutional requirements, a background check may be required prior to the start date of the internship.

Maria Arizaga, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Training
New Mexico State University
Counseling Center
Garcia Annex, MSC 3575
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(575) 646-2731 (phone)
(575) 646-1975 (fax)

Application Deadline

  • December 1
  • Interview Notification Date: December 15
  • Open House Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016; 3 to 5 pm