Assessment Track Externship

Overview of the Assessment Extern Role

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the Colonial Health Center is offering two 10 month, 16-20 hour per week Graduate Extern position with a focus on Psychological Assessments. Within this role, Externs can anticipate working on psychological batteries from start to end, including obtaining psychosocial histories, full batteries, assessment reports and feedback. After experience, Externs may also be involved in the screening process to determine if referrals are fit for testing. In addition to assessment, Externs will be involved in one hour of direct supervision. They may choose to attend seminars with our intern cohort, including training and diversity seminars (though these are not required.) Students may also choose to attend our weekly staff meetings on Friday mornings and our diversity in the workplace exercises that occur monthly.

Students can anticipate that they will complete approximately 1-2 assessments per month, depending on the influx of referrals. Clients present from various sources, including Disability Student Services, Medical Services, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and self-referral. Following referral, students meet with the assessment coordinator for a 30 minute screening to determine if they need testing and to discuss procedure. From here, testing clients will be scheduled for a psychosocial history appointment. If clients are scheduled with the extern, follow up appointments will be self-scheduled.

Externs must be able to commit to one academic year from approximately August 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021. Orientation training will take place throughout August 2020 and Externs are expected to participate in portions of this orientation, though may participate in any area that is not required as well.  

Outcome Expectations

By the end of externship, Externs should be able to feel competent completing an assessment from start to feedback sessions. The Extern will be able to determine the best assessments to perform, based on the referral question and scoring of assessments and will be able to do complex differential diagnoses on more complicated cases. Dependent on continued performance, Extern’s may become involved in the screening process to determine if referrals meet qualifications for testing.

Outline of hours

  • 4-8 hours/week of direct assessment, intake, or feedback
  • 6-8 hours/week of assessment writing
  • 1 hour direct supervision

Additional hours of training as preferred, including staff meetings and seminars.


The Extern position is designated for graduate level students in counseling and clinical psychology doctoral programs. There is an expectation that Externs will have completed assessment courses and have performed at least basic assessments. The position is unpaid and allows some flexibility in scheduling to work around course schedules. It is expected that the Extern will complete the assessment protocols on site, but may choose to complete written assessment reports off site. Interested applicants are required to submit: 1) a cover letter, 2) CV, 3) Two (2) letters of reference, 4) a de-identified assessment report (submitting a report is not required but strongly encouraged) via email to [email protected].

Deadline for application submission is February 7, 2020 by 5 pm (EST).

If you are interested, or have additional questions, please contact [email protected]. Interviews for this position will take place in February 2020.