Internship Admissions, Support, & Initial Placement Data

Program Disclosures

Program Tables were updated: 01/02/2024
Does the program or institution require students, trainees, and/or staff (faculty) to comply with specific policies or practices related to the institution’s affiliation or purpose? Such policies or practices may include, but are not limited to, admissions, hiring, retention policies, and/or requirements for completion that express mission and values? No

Internship Program Admissions

scientist-practitioner training model. Our program is administratively housed within the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and in partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Our training program has emphasis tracks in general adult psychology, general child psychology, autism/developmental disabilities, behavioral medicine, and rehabilitation neuropsychology. More information about these specialized tracks can be found on our Track and Rotation pages. Our training sites include a variety of medical settings including inpatient and outpatient settings.

Our psychology resident selection process is weighted strongly toward applicants whose training, experience, and academic accomplishments indicate potential for both clinical and research excellence. Candidates from professional school programs without some research experiences are rarely competitive in our selection process. Successful applicants typically show evidence of scientific contribution, such as publications, presentations, and research activity. They also demonstrate evidence of a high degree of clinical competence and experience in assessment and therapy. We especially welcome applicants who have a combination of excellent clinical skills, strong research interests and potential, and well-developed interpersonal and communication skills that will allow them to flourish in a multidisciplinary environment. Our goal is to provide the highest quality training for residents in a supportive and stimulating academic medical center environment.

Applicants must be:

  1. Doctoral students in APA, CPA, or PCSAS-accredited Clinical or Counseling Psychology programs are eligible to apply.
  2. All coursework required for the doctoral degree must be completed prior to the start of the internship year, as well as any qualifying, comprehensive, or preliminary doctoral examinations.
  3. We prefer candidates whose doctoral dissertations will be completed, or at least well under way, before the internship. However, because internship is part of the doctoral training requirement, interns must not be granted their degree by their academic institution prior to successful completion of the internship year.

The University of Washington’s Psychology Internship Program is an equal opportunity training program. Our program welcomes and strongly encourages applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, age, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, disability, or other minority status.


  1. Our training program foundation is based on the scientist-practitioner model and the majority of applicants come from Clinical PhD programs. Our selection process is weighted toward applicants showing promise of future academic and/or clinical research careers, applicants from programs that are primarily geared toward training practitioners are less competitive. We recognize, however, that there are applicants from PsyD programs with research experiences that have may make them competitive applicant, thus, if this describes your PsyD program, we encourage you to apply or contact the track coordinators for further information.
  2. Successful applicants will generally have accrued about 1000 hours (grand total) of practicum experience. The 1000 hours includes support hours, intervention, assessment, and supervision hours. It is not a strict cutoff but rather an overall guideline. We look at a balance of direct patient contact, supervision and other activities.

Because of this program’s diversity and its geographic dispersion, it is best suited for individuals who are well organized, self-reliant, and adaptable.

Does the program require that the applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate, how many: No Yes Amount
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours N NA Amount: NA
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours N NA Amount: NA

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants: NA

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns $41,544
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
If access to medical insurance 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? Yes
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (10 hours per month for 11 months), and 2 personal holidays, for an amount of 126 hours of paid personal leave which could be taken over the internship year. The PTO accrued in the month of June (10 hours) will be paid out in salary on the intern’s last paid check. A total of 126 hours or the equivalent of 15.75 days can be used for paid vacation and/or professional leave activities. 136 hours
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave (sick leave is accrued at 8 hours per month) 88 hours
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

University of Washington (UW) offers a wide range of benefits as part of your total compensation package. All clinical psychology interns are provided with appropriate office space, access to equipment and other resources necessary for their clinical activities. More information on benefits are available: Summary of Benefits for Psychology Interns

Initial Post-Internship Positions

An aggregated tally for the preceding 3 Cohorts


2019 – 2022
Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 46
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0
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 4 NA
Military health center NA NA
Academic health center 26 NA
Other medical center or hospital 10 NA
Psychiatric hospital NA NA
Academic university/department NA NA
Community college or other teaching setting NA NA
Independent research institution 1 NA
Correctional facility NA NA
School district/system NA NA
Independent practice setting NA NA
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