APA-accredited Internships in Clinical Psychology


The Mary A. Rackham Institute’s Psychology Internship program is accredited by the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association:750 1st St. NE, Washington DC, 20002 (202) 336-5979

We use the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) National Match to find eligible applicants for the internship.

We are strongly committed to the training of highly competent clinicians who are able to provide a full range of evidence-based, outcomes-informed professional psychological services to a clinically diverse patient population. To learn more, scroll down or download our Psychology Internship Brochure (PDF).

The following resources provide additional information about the internship:

How to Apply

The following five items are required to apply:
- Online AAPI application
- Letter of interest
- Curriculum vitae
- 3 recommendation letters
- Graduate school transcript
All materials need to be submitted through the APPI Online Applicant Portal.(https://www.appic.org/AAPI-APPA#APP).
The deadline is Nov. 1 each year.

APPLY Online Applicant Portal

Program Specifics

The internship program is based in one or both of the two outpatient  mental health training clinics within our Institute: the University Psychological Clinic (serving adults) and/or the University Center for the Child and Family (serving children, adolescents and families; UCCF). The Psychological Clinic and UCCF are housed together in comfortable facilities in downtown Ann Arbor, just one block off the University of Michigan central campus. The internships begin in September and run for one year.

Interns match to one of our three training tracks:

  • Lifespan Track (1/2 time simultaneous placements at our adult clinic and our child/family clinic)
  • Adult Track (full time at our adult clinic)
  • Child/Adolescent Track (full time at our child clinic)

Clinical or counseling psychology graduate students from accredited doctoral programs are eligible to apply. The annual internship stipend  is $24,000. Benefits include medical insurance, two weeks of vacation plus December-January holiday week break, sick leave, and generous professional development leave.

For more information about our internships, download the Clinical Psychology Internship Handbook.

Training Model and Culture

We espouse a scientist-practitioner model that emphasizes the importance of integrating scientific data and inquiry into our training and clinical work; training in a wide variety of evidence-based treatments; immersion in clinical services including individual, group, and couples psychotherapy, as well as psychological testing; broad training across the age span, across a wide variety of clients with varying diagnoses and presenting problems, and across a wide array of evidence-based and theoretically varied intervention techniques;
the importance of providing intensive and varied supervision; and training in a supportive, multidisciplinary setting with supervisors dedicated to this task, and among a large cohort of fellow trainees at various levels.

Interns are integral members of our highly experienced, multidisciplinary treatment teams. They participate in staff meetings and discussions, and their suggestions and observations about our service delivery system are seriously considered. Trainees’ skill levels and clinical interests are carefully considered in designing and tailoring clinical assignments and training experiences to the professional development of each trainee.

Our training fosters the development of clinical competencies from basic to professional psychology. We train our interns to develop the skills and attitudes that are expected of well-qualified, humane, and ethical professionals. Our internship program offers graduate students great opportunities to build upon their education with professional, real world experience. We offer:

  • Psychotherapy and assessment experiences with a wide variety of clients, treated with a broad range of evidence-based interventions; expert supervision from varied perspectives;
  • Theoretical perspectives; all within a high-quality, multi-disciplinary behavioral health organization.
  • Our goal is to train highly competent clinicians who will be able to provide a full range of evidence-based, outcomes-informed professional psychological services to a clinically diverse client population.

We offer 4-6 internships positions each year.

Commitment To Diversity

We have a strong commitment to creating an environment that is positive and supportive of growth around individual and cultural differences. We welcome applicants from all minority groups.

More Details about Internship Training Settings

The University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) assesses and treats children, adolescents, and families from our campus and community.

  • UCCF was established in 1988, and over the past 25 years has established itself as a respected center for psychology training, as well as a valued community resource for the provision of high quality mental health assessment and treatment for local children, adolescents and families.
  • Interns gain experience working in all of the basic areas of child and family work, integrating a wide range of perspectives when assessing and treating clients. The studied perspectives include biological, behavioral, cognitive, attachment-based, family systems, and community / cultural approaches.

Interns provide a range of therapeutic services, including:

  • Assessment
  • Parent and family treatments
  • Individual therapy
  • Parent behavior management training
  • Psycho-educational groups
  • Community consultation
  • Specialized Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism-Spectrum Disorders

The University of Michigan Psychological Clinic is a large, multi-discliplinary outpatient mental health clinic. It focuses on the assessment and treatment of adult individuals and couples from our campus and community.

  • The Psychological Clinic was established in 1938 and has been committed to training in psychology for 80 years.
  • Psych Clinic Interns work within a wide scope of evidence-based treatment approaches, including interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-bases, emotion-focused, couples / systems, biological / psychiatric, and brief psychodynamic approaches.
  • Interns treat a wide range of adult outpatients, including those with anxiety, depression, interpersonal problems, adjustment difficulties, emotion dysregulation, and the full range of other outpatient presenting concerns.
  • Interns work with individuals, couples, and groups using a range of therapeutic approaches, including:
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP)
  • Brief dynamic psychotherapy
  • Emotion-Focused and Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (EFT; IBCT)
  • Integrative, multi-theoretical approaches

More Internship Program Details

The internship offers strong supervision and seminar programs, including five hours or more of combined individual and group supervision per week, and weekly multidisciplinary case consultation and disposition meetings. Both units provide experience in  formal ADHD/Learning Disability testing as well as individual and group psychotherapy.

The training staff at both centers consists primarily of psychologists, but also includes social workers and consulting psychiatrists. Training occurs in a multidisciplinary setting that includes psychology practicum and social work students, MSW fellows, psychology postdoctoral fellows, and psychiatry residents. We host an atmosphere that welcomes individual and cultural differences, and we encourage members of ethnic and racial minority groups to apply.

A multi-theoretical, evidence-based approach to training and treatment is practiced at both sites, and a multicultural, diversity-infused perspective is infused in our setting and all of our work.

These two centers are located next to each other within a single building within one block of U-M’s central campus.