College of Health Sciences

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Internship

Clinical Psychology Program

The predoctoral internship is a 2,000-hour requirement at an approved clinical training site full-time over a 12-month period or half-time over a 24-month period. Internship is typically a year-long sequentially organized full-time training experience. The student must successfully complete all four quarters of the internship at one site to receive credit for this full time training experience. Students completing half-time internships will need to successfully complete all eight quarters of the internship to receive credit for this training experience. The internship is designed to provide intensive advanced clinical training that builds upon previous coursework and practicum experiences. The internship is a critical component of the Psy.D. Program and cannot be waived.

Students apply for the internship during the fourth year of the program. Students must satisfactorily complete all required coursework, clerkship, and practicum experiences prior to going on internship. Students must also satisfactorily propose the Dissertation prior to applying for internship. Students with a previous Master's degree from another program may petition to apply for internship prior to their fourth year of the program. Final decisions about eligibility to apply for internship rest with the Program Director, Director of Training, and the Clinical Psychology Academic Review Committee.

Students applying for an internship enter a national match process with training sites across the country. Students may expect to travel some distance during the internship interview process. The internship is a stipend position. For more information, refer to the current Clinical Psychology Clinical Training Manual.