APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Training Program Internships

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 APPIC application
- Letter of interest
- Curriculum vitae
- 3 recommendation letters
- Graduate school transcript
All materials need to be submitted through the APPI Online Applicant Portal. The deadline for this application has passed. Deadlines are typically around Nov. 1 each year.

APPLY Online Applicant Portal

Program Specifics

The internship program is based in one or both of the two mental health units 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 for 2016-2017 is $23,000. Benefits include medical insurance, two weeks 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 serve as a bridge between graduate training and professional practice by:

  • Providing clinical experiences with a wide variety of patients, treated with a number of different intervention techniques.
  • Offering clinical and theoretical presentations that vary widely in approach.
  • Providing intensively supervised experience in our Psychological Clinic at the University of Michigan, a high-quality, multi-disciplinary behavioral health organization.
  •  Training highly competent clinicians who will be able to provide a full range of evidence-based, outcomes-informed professional psychological services to a clinically diverse patient population.

We have five internships available 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, couples, 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, psychodynamic, 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

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, 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 and couples using a range of therapeutic approaches, including:
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Brief dynamic psychotherapy
  • Emotion-focused couples therapy
  • Integrative, multi-theoretical approaches

More Internship Program Details

The internship offers strong supervision and seminar programs, including more than five hours of combined individual and group supervision per week, and three weekly hours of multidisciplinary case consultations and disposition meetings. Both units provide experience in ADHD/Learning Disability test administration 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, and psychology postdoctoral fellows. 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.