Intern Training Program

Professional Intern Training Program: Psychological & Counseling Services for HIV and LGBT Populations

Touted by several state and federal agencies as a national model for leveraging limited resources and providing both beginning and advanced levels of training to service providers, The Center’s Intern Training Program has existed since 1987. The training environment provides direct benefits for both consumers and the larger health services community. The utilization of advanced level interns maximizes cost-effectiveness and increases the amount of services we are able to provide. The continual exposure to recent theory and research, as well as the optimism and dedication of new staff, elevate service delivery standards beyond that which many other community-based agencies can reasonably expect.

Further, The Center provides important training in LGBT and HIV/AIDS service delivery to new social workers, psychologists and counselors, expanding their professional awareness of the needs of these consumers and increasing the number of trained professionals available to meet those needs.

For more information please contact Dr. Joe Severino at (619) 692-2077, ext. 230, or e-mail at

Student Internship FAQs

  1. What are the minimum requirements for this position?
  • Successful completion of a Master’s Degree at an accredited university or college.
  • Enrollment in a graduate program in clinical psychology.
  • Minimum of one year or one successfully completed practicum that included the delivery of psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, and groups. Interns must be approved by their institution to do their internship.
  • Sensitivity to LGBTQ related cultural concerns and the psychotherapeutic issues concomitant to HIV disease.
  1. What should I submit to apply to this program?
  • Vitae
  • Letter of Intent
  • Two Letters of recommendation (at least one of which must be from a recent clinical supervisor)
  • CAPIC Uniform application (can be found at ) – required for psychology interns, recommended for other interns.
  1. To whom should I send my application materials?

Send your application materials to Dr. Joe Severino, The Center’s Behavioral Health Services, PO Box 3357, San Diego, CA 92163.

Due Process Procedure

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