Pre-doctoral Internship Program

Our internship continues in the context of COVID-19, informed by public health recommendations, and rulings of various Psychology Education and Regulatory Bodies for flexibility while maintaining competencies in training. Given COVID-19, we will be following the recommendations of APPIC and the CCPPP for any alterations in the January 2021 selection and interview process. Please direct any questions to Dr. Tim Osachuk. Thank-you.

The University of Manitoba Student Counselling Centre
Pre-Doctoral Internship Programme in Professional Psychology
Accredited1 by CPA1

The Student Counselling Centre (SCC) at the University of Manitoba invites applications to our CPA accredited Pre-doctoral Internship Programme in Professional Psychology. The SCC internship has been accredited since 1991 and is one of only four post-secondary counselling services in Canada to be accredited. Following our last site visit by CPA June 12th-13th, 2019, we were re-accredited by the CPA for a 7-year term to the 2025-2026 training year.  Our internship invites applications from qualified candidates in APA or CPA accredited Counselling Psychology and Clinical Psychology programs.

Please Note: Our Internship Program was also previously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) from the 1991-1992 Training year until August 31, 2015. APA withdrew from accrediting programs in Canada on September 1, 2015. This was due to a change in their policy and not specific to our program.

1Prospective Intern Applicants From APA Accredited Programs Please Note: Regarding Accreditation, Effective September 1st, 2015, the APA no longer accredits Canadian Internships. In 2012, APA and CPA signed the First Street Accord an agreement recognizing their accreditation standards are "substantially equivalent" We encourage you to review the First Street Accord agreement as part of your education in choosing an internship program that best fits your training needs.

1Questions related to our program's CPA accredited status should be directed to the Office of Accreditation:
Office of Accreditation, Canadian Psychological Association
141 Laurier Avenue W., Suite 702 Ottawa, ON K1P 5J3
Ph.(Office): Toll Free: 1-888-472-0657, (613)237-2144, Fax: (613)237-1674, Web Address:
Registrar, Accreditation, 888-472-0657 (613-237-2144), ext. 333, e-mail:
Administrative Assistant, Accreditation & Operations, 888-472-0657 (613-237-2144), ext. 328, e-mail:

The Student Counselling Centre is an active, service-oriented unit that offers a training program fostering the development of excellence and diversity in clinical capabilities and approaches. Interns receive supervised experience in individual and group approaches, psychological assessment, career counselling, working with diverse clientele, consultation, crisis intervention, and supervision. Opportunities for research involvement are also available.


The unit provides a full range of services and programs to the 29,000+ students at the two University of Manitoba campuses. Staff includes professionals representing Clinical and Counselling Psychology, Social Work, and Family Therapy, along with a consulting psychiatrist. Practicum and field placements are offered in addition to the internship positions.


A $37,964.24 stipend is provided for this full-time internship, which runs from September 1st to August 31st. Two positions are available.


Candidates must have completed required coursework, comprehensive examinations and the dissertation proposal for the doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology by our November 15th application deadline. Those candidates meeting these criteria can proceed to making application to our internship programme.


All internship applications must be submitted to us via the APPIC "AAPI Online" service (see for more details). All application materials must be uploaded via the applicant portal on the APPIC website.

Our application deadline is 4:30 p.m. (CST), Sunday November 15th, 2020. To be considered for the 2021-2022 internship training year, ALL application materials must be uploaded on to the AAPI Online by 4:30 p.m. (CST), Sunday November 15th, 2020. LATE OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED OR REVIEWED.

A complete application to our internship program via the "AAPI Online" includes the following materials (please note that all of these materials should automatically be included with the application that you submit via the Applicant Portal of the AAPI Online service):

  • A cover letter [In your cover letter (at least 300 words) please ensure you explain why you would be a good fit with our internship program, be specific about your goals and training needs, and in particular, how our internship program will meet your goals and training needs]
  • A complete, up-to-date, curriculum vitae.
  • The actual AAPI application (including essays and verification of readiness from you Director of Clinical Training of your graduate program)
  • Copies of all graduate school transcripts.

Three letters of reference. At least two must be from clinical supervisors (preferably licensed/registered psychologists) who are familiar with your clinical work. References should reflect your most recent clinical work if possible. You may choose to include a fourth letter if it provides a unique perspective, but we only require 3. Applicants' referees are required to use APPIC's new Standardized Reference Form for Letters of Recommendation available at

Application Review, Selection and Notification

We review applications completed by our November 15th deadline that meet our qualifications described and are a good fit with our programme. This year applicants will be notified whether or not they will be considered for interview by December 4th, 2020. Applicants who have met our criteria for interview by December 4th, 2020 will be contacted, and invited to arrange an interview via video conferencing software or telephone. Applicants can contact us to schedule interviews Monday December 7th, 2020. This year interviews will be offered between January 18th - 29th, 2021. In general, the individual interviews range from one to one and a half hours and are conducted by two or three interviewers. Intern applicants have opportunity to talk with the Director of Internship Training and current interns, and their requests to contact specific departmental staff are welcome. Intern applicants' discussions with current interns are confidential, and current interns are not involved in the ranking of applicants for the match. All information: qualifications, application materials, and interview performance are reviewed and considered to develop a final rank-order list of candidates for the APPIC match. The final rank-order list of candidates applying to our internship programme is submitted to APPIC/National Matching Services for the APPIC Match. Our internship programme awaits news of the APPIC Match on Match Day. As per APPIC Policy, our Director of Training contacts matched candidates to congratulate matched candidates, and verify offer of internship positions.

In the event that positions remain unfilled via Phase I of the match, as per APPIC policy (10b),(, they will be offered in Phase II. ( The application and selection process for Phase II will generally follow our procedures 1 – 10 described in Phase I, in accordance with the dates/timelines established by APPIC for Phase II (

For questions or clarifications regarding our internship program or application procedures, contact:

Timothy A. G. Osachuk, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical Psychologist Associate Professor
Director of Internship Training
Pre-Doctoral Internship Programme In Professional Psychology
Student Counselling Centre
University of Manitoba
Ph.: 1-204-474-8592 Receptionist 1-204-474-8614 Direct Line
FAX: 1-204-474-7558

This internship site is a member of APPIC (APPIC Member #1810), participates in the APPIC Internship Matching Program and abides by the APPIC Match Policies. Our internship site also agrees to abide by the APPIC Match Policy (7c) ( "This internship site 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."

This internship is also a member of CCPPP (Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs), and is listed in the CCPPP Directory of Canadian Internship Programs.