Psy.D. Degree

Internship Overview

All doctoral programs in clinical psychology require a doctoral internship. The doctoral internship typically comes in year five, at the end of the program. It is typically a calendar year, full-time clinical training experience. As the internship is designed to transition you into full-fledged membership in health services psychology, it is important that you choose training programs that complement (a) our generalist, practitioner model, and (b) your focal interests in the field. It is expected that you will intern at funded sites that are APA accredited. Students are required to apply to only APA-accredited internship sites in Phase I of the application process. Our students have been very successful in obtaining accredited internships, nationwide, even as the competition for accredited internships has increased. If a student enters Phase II and/or the Post-Match Vacancy Service, they are encouraged to only apply to APA accredited internship sites. However, with approval from the Director of Clinical Training, they may apply to unaccredited internship sites.

This section contains internship requirements and relevant information for the internship application process. References for other published resources are also included.

Liability Coverage

Availability and levels of coverage vary across internship sites. All SOPP students are required to maintain their individual student liability insurance during the internship year, regardless of their site coverage. Required levels of coverage are a minimum of $1,000,000 each incident/$3,000,000 annual aggregate. Students will need to check with their individual sites for any additional malpractice coverage requirements.