Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Internship Program Admissions

Date Program Tables are updated: 8/18/2017
Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

The UT Southwestern Clinical Psychology Internship Program is a two-year, half-time predoctoral internship in professional psychology and is the fully affiliated internship of our doctoral program designed to train clinician-researchers. Our approach is based on a conceptualization of clinical psychology as fundamentally an applied field, with the overall goal of providing high quality training to prepare the intern for professional practice in clinical psychology.

This program offers exposure to a variety of clinical/psychological settings, including agencies, hospitals, outpatient services, and emergency services. Practicum experience is broad in the doctoral program (over 1,400 hours), with the result that graduate interns come into the internship with considerable clinical training.

The Internship Program, located in Dallas, Texas, at a major urban medical center, provides interns with broad exposure to diverse patient populations, ethnic and cultural groups, and multidisciplinary approaches to patient care. The Internship Program takes place in the third and fourth year of the intern’s doctoral study. The intern rotates through clinical rotations (typically two primary rotations, 12 months each) in UT Southwestern clinical facilities, community agencies, regional facilities, specialized agencies, and area schools.

Our Internship Program provides each intern with over 2,000 hours of hands-on, supervised clinical experience in a wide range of professional activities, including diagnostics and assessment, intervention, and consultation. Our interns are expected to develop skills in the basic areas of clinical psychology, but provisions are also made for interns to develop skills in more specialized areas of interest through their selection of clinical placements and supervisors.

In addition, our interns are concurrently placed in research apprenticeships (typically clinical research settings) where they have opportunities to integrate clinical and research perspectives.

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours No NA
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours No NA
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

The UT Southwestern Internship Program is fully affiliated with our doctoral program with applicants applying to both the doctoral program and internship simultaneously. Applicants selected by the Admissions Committee to visit for an interview are able to meet with faculty and students, tour the campus, and are provided with presentations from faculty and students regarding the various training opportunities. During the admissions process applicants to the conjoint program and internship are carefully screened for interests, aptitudes, and academic preparation that are appropriate for both the Graduate Program’s and Internship’s goals and objectives. Ordinarily we admit 10 interns into the internship per year, who simultaneously are beginning their third year in our APA accredited doctoral program. Prior to entering the internship, all graduate students have completed approximately 1,400 hours of supervised practicum training in the doctoral program and must have achieved Satisfactory performance grades on three semesters of practicum. In addition, they must have passed the qualifying exam, and have maintained a B average in all coursework. If all requirements are met, at the beginning of the third year in the graduate program students are admitted to internship, and given the title, “psychology intern.”

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns NA
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns $17, 250
If access to medical insureance is provided:  
Trainee contribution to cost required?  Yes
Coverage of family member(s) available?  Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available?  Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available?  No
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) 40 hours
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave  NA

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave? 

Yes

Other Benefits (please describe): NA

*Note. Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table

Initial Post-Internship Positions

(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)  
  2013-2016
Total number of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 29
Total number of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 1
  PD EP
Community mental health center NA NA
Federally qualified health center NA NA
Independent primary care facility/clinic NA NA
University counseling center NA NA
Veterans Affairs medical center 1 NA
Military health center NA NA
Academic health center 18 NA
Other medical center or hospital 3 NA
Psychiatric hospital NA NA
Academic university/department 1 NA
Community college or other teaching setting NA NA
Independent research institution NA NA
Correctional facility NA NA
School district/system NA NA
Independent practice setting NA 5
Not currently employed NA NA
Changed to another field NA NA
Other NA NA
Unknown NA NA

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time.  For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.