Benefits & Commitment

  • Major medical health care and dental health care
  • 20 days paid time off (PTO)
  • Flexible work environment
  • Supportive supervision with consideration of diverse strengths and needs of trainees

The stipend for the doctoral psychology internship is $30,000. Major medical health care and dental health care is offered for the intern and their dependents. The intern receives a total of 20 days of paid time off (PTO), which includes holidays (8 days), personal time (10 days), and professional development (2 days). Professional developmental days can include dissertation release time, interviews, or university functions, but must be approved by the training committee. During the last 30 days of internship, interns may not use any prescheduled PTO, but may still be afforded time off for illness or emergency.

This is an intensive, full-time internship. The usual workday is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, there may be times that the workday extends beyond these hours. Interns are discouraged from employment outside the internship. Outside employment must be approved by the Director of Clinical Training.

Time Committment

Based on a 40 hour week, it is estimated that interns will spend approximately 50% of their time, or twenty hours, in clinical activities, including therapy and assessment, and 25% of their time in training activities, including didactics, individual and group supervision. Interns will spend approximately 25% of their time completing documentation, report writing, researching clinical issues to implement into practice, and reading assigned literature.

The internship is a full-year (fifty-two week) program; scheduled to begin the first Monday of August, and continue through the end of July, of the following year. Interns accumulate in excess of 2000 hours of supervised experience while on internship. Interns will spend a minimum of 500 hours in direct service related activities (e.g., individual therapy and assessment). If interns are unable to complete the 2000 internship within the fifty-two week timeframe, there is no guarantee that an extension will be granted.

The mission of the Appalachian Psychology Internship is to produce graduates who are prepared for the entry-level practice of professional psychology in rural areas

Accreditation Status

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

The Appalachian Psychology Internship Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation.

American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979

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