University of Pretoria 2021 Intern Psychologists

The University of Pretoria is inviting applications for its 2021 Intern Psychologist positions from MA/MSc Counselling Psychology students. The incumbents will be responsible for rendering counselling psychology services to students/young adults to ensure academic success and emotional wellness. This will include the development and identification of training and guidance programs to enhance the academic success of students/young adults.

The successful candidates will actively participate in the following areas:

  • Psychotherapeutic/counselling services to students/young adults to ensure academic and emotional wellness;
  • Group work and psychoeducation sessions for students/young adults;
  • Career assessment, report writing and counselling;
  • Development of training and therapeutic programs in view of the identified needs of students/young adults;
  • Providing therapeutic services to a broader range of service users at other off-campus institutions as part of training;
  • Mandatory supervision as part of training;
  • Data analysing as part of research process.


  • Proven registration as a MA or MSc Counselling Psychology student at an accredited university/college;
  • Registration as an Intern Psychologist with HPCSA;
  • Completed course work as part of first year MA/MSc Counselling Psychology training;
  • Successful practical work as part of first year MA/MSc Counselling Psychology training.


  • Knowledge of the following:
    • Psychological intervention at a professional level;
    • Short term and brief therapy techniques;
    • A range of psychometric assessments;
    • The Code of Ethics and Conduct for Psychologists (HPCSA);
  • Ability to diagnose psychological problems and psychopathology within the Scope of Practice for Counselling psychologists; 
  • Liaise with external organisations in service delivery to students;
  • Flexibility as service demands require;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Efficient planning, organising and prioritising skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Professionalism, confidentiality and sensitivity towards the diversity of students;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal);
  • Computer skills in MS Word, PowerPoint and e-mail;
  • Ethical insight and reliability;
  • Ability to manage crisis interventions.


  • Practical experience within a clinic environment;
  • Experience with psychological assessments and psychometric tests;
  • Experience with report writing.

The total remuneration package for this position is R96, 000 per annum as determined by UP policy guidelines.

How to apply?

Applicants are requested to apply online by CLICKING HERE

In applying for this post, please attach:

  • A comprehensive CV;
  • Certified copies of registration as a current MA or MSc Counselling Psychology student;
  • Certified copy of registration as a current Student Psychologist with the HPCSA;
  • Certified copies of undergraduate qualifications;
  • Certified copies of academic results;
  • Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact;
  • Self-evaluation.

CLOSING DATE:  12 August 2020

No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.

ENQUIRIES: Ms Lebo Jele, for application-related enquiries, and Dr Linda Blokland, for enquiries relating to the post content.

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 31 October 2020, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

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