Application Information

Nature of the Position

The CPIP is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Any questions related to the CPIP’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation at:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979

Three funded positions are available starting September 1, 2019 and continuing for a full year. The stipend for the 2019-2020 training year is approximately $44,964. There are no unpaid positions.

Medical insurance for the intern and his or her immediate family is provided at no charge or minimal charge, depending upon the program selected. Dental insurance is also provided.

Vacation, state holidays and paid educational leave are available.

Admission Criteria

Applicants must be doctoral candidates in clinical psychology (preferably from an APA-accredited program), at a recognized university or professional school. DSH-Napa is unable to review applications from programs where the degree is awarded in a non-clinical specialty (e.g. forensic psychology). Applications from “Clinical-Forensic” programs will be accepted, provided the coursework in the respective program is comparable to a traditional “Clinical” program. Applicants from “Clinical-Forensic” programs may want to address this issue in their cover letter. All requirements for the degree, with the exception of the dissertation, must be completed by the start of the internship. Applicants need not be U.S. Citizens.

Student Disclosure of Personal Information: The CPIP adheres to APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, December 2002. Regarding Principle 7.04, interns are not required to disclose personal information. However, in supervising an intern’s clinical work, an intern may be asked, for example, to describe how it feels to work with a particular patient, as part of clinical inference-making or part of an exploration of countertransference reactions. Occasionally, an intern may be invited to talk about some aspect of their personal history or about psychological conflicts, which directly bear upon their work with a particular patient.

APPIC Policies and Procedures: DSH-Napa is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Our intern positions are selected through the APPIC match. Details on the match process can be found on the APPIC website. 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 applicant.

State of California Eligibility Requirements: Appointment of applicants to internship positions is contingent upon satisfying several eligibility requirements. Although internship offers will be made in February 2020, actual employment as a clinical psychology intern in September 2020 requires that the applicant pass a physical examination (including a drug screen) and the security clearance process following fingerprinting. Applicants with felony or misdemeanor convictions should know that prior convictions will be reviewed as part of the security clearance process. These prior convictions may jeopardize an applicant’s appointment to a clinical psychology intern position.

Application Procedure

A. Complete the online AAPI via the Applicant Portal on the APPIC website, which provides instructions for completing the online AAPI and submitting letters of recommendation and transcripts for the online application process. Select Napa State Hospital as a “Designated Site” on the APPIC Applicant Portal.

B. Submit three letters of recommendation via the AAPI online recommendation submission portal on the APPIC website.

C. Submit copies of all graduate transcripts, a cover letter, and a current CV.

D. As a California State facility, we require all applicants to submit a “California Examination and/or Employment Application” form (i.e., Form 678) as part of the application process. Form 678 can be accessed here:

E. Please download a PDF version of Form 678, which can be completed electronically and saved as a PDF. The easiest way to complete the form is to copy/paste relevant information from your CV (please include actual job descriptions and do not simply state, “See CV.”). Please email your completed form, with required electronic signature, to If you cannot add an electronic signature, you must fax a copy, or send a hard copy via snail mail. Please note that although APPIC guidelines prohibit internship sites from requesting any materials to be mailed directly to the site, APPIC has made an exception for all internships in California that require this form as part of the application process. Also, please note that APPIC has indicated that they would prefer to have this form emailed directly to the internship site. Form 678 should not be submitted as supplementary material with the online AAPI. We cannot process your internship application without the completed State Application.

DSH-Napa is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Application Deadline

All application materials that are uploaded via the APPIC Applicant Portal (e.g., transcripts and letters of recommendation), as well as Form 678, must be received by Friday, November 15, 2019, to enable the Internship Director and Training Committee sufficient time to review applications. Please refer to the deadlines for submission of rank order lists on the APPIC website. We adhere to the APPIC and APA policies and procedures regarding offers and acceptances. All application materials will be reviewed and rated by the Psychology Internship Advisory Committee. Applicants who receive the highest rankings will be invited for an in-person interview. Interviews will be conducted in January 2020, and will include a hospital tour.

For more information, please contact:

Richard Lesch, Ph.D., Internship Director
Department of State Hospitals - Napa
2100 Napa-Vallejo Highway
Napa, CA 94558
Office: (707) 253-5308
Fax: (707) 253-5341