Undergraduate Psychology Summer Internship Program

Counseling Center
New York City Campus


The Counseling Center at Pace University's New York City campus offers four undergraduate psychology summer internship positions. The goal of the training program is to provide summer interns with the opportunity to experience, under supervision, the diverse functions of a professional psychologist in a university counseling center. These functions include scholarly research, outreach and consultation program development, and limited clinical work.

The University

Pace University is a comprehensive, independent, diverse institution. It was founded in 1906 by Homer and Charles Pace as a school of accountancy. Pace Institute gained college accreditation in 1948 and university status in 1973. The University is comprised of six schools offering over 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The overall University enrollment is about 15,000 students, 8,000 of them at the New York City campus. Pace is a multi-campus institution with sites in White Plains, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, Midtown Manhattan, and lower Manhattan. The summer internship training program is offered at the New York City campus in lower Manhattan.

Pace holds to a philosophy that each individual student is at the center of the institution's responsibilities: that he or she is unique, and that whatever students have in common with each other, they have in varying proportions and in different ways. Accordingly, students can expect the University to provide them with opportunities to realize their full potential and to help them earn respect as adults.

The student population is culturally diverse. Many of our students are from minority groups and there are a large number of students from foreign countries as well. The age range of our population is from 17 to 60.

The New York City campus encompasses an extensive array of facilities, including a residence tower, The Schimmel Theater of the Arts, a radio station, a library and a state of the art technology center.

The New York City campus in lower Manhattan is located immediately next to City Hall Park and the Municipal Building. The University is within easy walking distance of the South Street Seaport, Chinatown, Little Italy, Wall Street, and the New York financial district. It is easily accessible by all forms of public transportation.

The Counseling Center

The philosophy of the Counseling Center is in keeping with that of Pace University: that each student is unique. The major responsibility of the Counseling Center is to help students realize their fullest potential for growth and development. To that end, we offer a wide range of services and programs. These include:

Individual and Group Counseling and Psychotherapy

Individual and group therapy services are offered to help students deal with personal, vocational and educational problems. Personal development workshops are also offered.

Outreach and Consultation Services

Outreach and consultation services are offered to student groups, administrators and faculty to help ensure that the academic and social environments are conducive to student growth and development.

For example, we conduct training programs for residence hall staff, crisis intervention management programs, as well as major, university-wide programs on multiculturalism. We also participate in Student Services and Faculty Council meetings, and in programs geared toward freshman studies and student activities.

The Staff

Heather Dawson, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, AOD Specialist
Fordham University, Counseling Psychology
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Professional Interests:  Addictions, affect regulation issues, anxiety reduction and relaxation support; concurrent medical problems, including HIV/AIDS

Regina Hund, Psy.D.
Director of Training
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic (Relational/Multicultural)
Professional Interests: LGBTQA concerns and empowerment; multicultural awareness; process of acculturation; adjustment issues; trauma; sexual assault; identity issues; training and supervision; lesbian parenting; psychoanalytic theory; social justice.

Brian A. Petersen, Psy.D.
Assistant Director/Coordinator of Consultation and Outreach Services
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Professional Interests: Existential theory; community psychology; adolescent and adult psychotherapy; group psychotherapy; professional supervision; working with creative artists on craft development; paranormal aspects of grief and bereavement, suicide prevention

Richard N. Shadick, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University, Clinical Psychology
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Theoretical Orientation: Psychoanalytic (Interpersonal/Relational)
Professional Interests: Psychoanalytic theory; child, adolescent, and family psychotherapy; group psychotherapy; psychological testing; trauma and recovery; supervision, suicide

Jennie Sharf, Ph.D.
Supervising Psychologist
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Adelphi University, Clinical Psychology
Theoretical Orientation:  Psychodynamic
Professional Interests: Group psychotherapy; psychological assessment; trauma, dissociation, identity issues; LGBTQ issues; psychotherapy integration; Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); psychotherapy dropout


Post-Doctoral Fellow

Faedra R. Backus, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Boston College, Counseling Psychology
Theoretical Orientation: Relational, Psychodynamic
Professional Interests: Gender identity and gender role norms/socialization, adolescent and young adult development, college/university students, training and supervision 


Consulting Psychiatrist

Daniella Lukashok, M.D.
Staff Psychiatrist
Albany College of Medicine
New York University School of Medicine (Licensed Psychiatrist N.Y.)
Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry;
Psychoanalytic Training: The New York University Psychoanalytic Institute

Office of Disability Services - Consultation

Jenna Cler, LMSW
Asst. Director, Office of Disability Services
Columbia University, Masters of Science in Social Work
New York State Licensed Social Worker
Professional Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders at the postsecondary level, retention of students with disabilities, comorbid disabilities, accessibility and universal design, disability studies

Jenna N. Farbiarz, MSEd
Accommodations Coordinator, Office of Disability Services
CUNY - Hunter College, Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Studies
Professional Interests: ADHD/LD and the impact on postsecondary students, transition challenges for students with disabilities when entering higher education, students with Autism Spectrum Disorders at the postsecondary level, ADA compliance within higher education, disability studies

Office Manager

Leah Evans, B.A.
Lehigh University, B.A. in Psychology


Doctoral Interns 2013-2014

Bonnie Gordic, Psy.M.
Rutgers University
Clinical Psychology

Sophie Karp, B.A.
Fordham University
Counseling Psychology

Suah Kim, MS.ED
Teachers College
Counseling Psychology

Jeremy Novich, M.S.
Long Island University
Clinical Psychology


Pre-Doctoral Externs 2013-2014

Christina Clemons, M.A.
Fordham University
Counseling Psychology

Rhonda Donoho, M.A.
NYU Steinhardt
Counseling Psychology

Jeanna Pagnotta, B.A.
Fordham University
Counseling Psychology

Ming-Che Tu, M.A.
NYU Steinhardt
Counseling Psychology


Summer Interns 2014

Michelle Cusumano
  Fairfield University

Melissa Gluck
  Franklin & Marshall College

Meagan Gonzales
  Smith College

Jennifer Selensky
  University of Connecticut


Staff members are active, energetic and interested in the development and delivery of quality programs to our clientele. This includes a high level of commitment to personal and professional development, and a strong level of enthusiasm and support for the summer internship program. The staff is characterized by a variety of theoretical orientations and therapeutic styles, including psychodynamic, interpersonal/relational, multicultural, existential, and developmental approaches. Staff members are active in professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, the American College Personnel Association, the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, the Association of Counseling Center Training Agents, New York State Psychological Association, and the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Association. For more information on our staff click on the following hyperlink: NYC Counseling Center Staff.

The training program seeks to expose summer interns to the wide variety of functions that a psychologist can perform within a university community. The training program is noteworthy for the extensive consultation and research opportunities that it provides.

Specifically, summer interns at the Counseling Center are involved in three different service and training components: scholarly research including library research, scholarly writing, and statistical database management; consultation and outreach program development; and clinical services training. Additionally summer interns are involved in individual supervision meetings with staff members, a staff and disposition meeting, and in-service seminars. The remainder of the time is spent on special projects and administrative work.

Service and Training Components

Consultation and Outreach

This aspect of the training program is flexible. Group programs for international students, students on probation, resident assistants, and student organizations have been offered by our staff. Routinely, we consult on issues of substance abuse, eating disorders and body image, HIV and AIDS, rape prevention, sexuality, and wellness. Summer interns are required to participate in one, or more if desired, consultation or outreach projects. Additionally if a summer intern wishes to develop a program they are welcome to.

Scholarly and Statistical Research

As part of their experience, summer interns will be able to participate in on-going Counseling Center projects which include library research, statistical database management, and scholarly writing.

Screening Interviews

Summer interns will have the opportunity to participate in mock screening interviews of "clients" that seek treatment at the Counseling Center. They will be taught the fundamentals of interviewing and mental status examination. These assessments are conducted with another staff member.

Supervision and Training

Individual Supervision

Each summer intern receives one to two hours of individual supervision per week. Supervision is provided by a pre-doctoral psychology intern serving as the Coordinator of the Summer Internship Program, and a member of the senior staff. The designation of a senior staff member is based on which  project the summer intern is collaborating on.

In-service Seminars
Three or four times each month intern and senior staff members present on topics of interest to summer interns. These topics include obtaining an advanced degree in psychology, clinical issues, and career choices.

Evaluation and Feedback

Written evaluation of the summer intern's progress is conducted at the end of the summer by each supervisor. The summer intern actively participates in this process by responding to feedback, as well as by giving feedback about his/her supervisory experience.

Dates of Program

June 1, 2014-August 12, 2014

How to apply:

Applications should be submitted to:

Dr. Regina Hund
Director of Training

Attn: Undergraduate Search Committee
Pace University Counseling Center
156 William Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10038-1598

Application Process:

Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2014 through January 31, 2014.  Applications received prior to January 1st, or after January 31st, will not be considered.

Applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted during the month of March to schedule an interview appointment.

Candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate program in psychology or a related field and have a desire to earn an advanced degree in psychology or a related field.

The internship is a half-time (2.5 days per week), unpaid, volunteer-based training program. While housing is not provided to our interns, the University may offer housing to our interns at a reduced rate. Additionally, Counseling Center staff are available for consultation about alternate housing options in the University area.

Applications should include:

  1. A curriculum vitae or resume.
  2. A cover letter describing your interest in this internship.  
  3. A letter of recommendation from a professor or employer in a field related to psychology who is familiar with the summer intern's work skills.

Note: There is no formal application form to complete when applying for this internship. Please simply submit items 1, 2 and 3 listed above.

Candidates who are considered finalists for the summer internship will be asked to have a personal interview.

Please feel free to contact the Counseling Center administrative staff at (212) 346-1526 with any questions that cannot be answered by the website.