Internship in Health Service Psychology

APPIC Program Code number: 138911

Thank you for considering a psychology internship at the MU Counseling Center. On our related pages, you will find information about our training program, the Counseling Center, and the MU campus. We offer an APA-accredited, twelve-month, full-time internship.

The aim of the University of Missouri Counseling Center internship in health service psychology is to train generalist psychologists for practice with an adult population emphasizing intervention within a university setting. We operate from a broadly defined evidence based approach and integrate contextual variables into intentional practice. Our program is designed to help interns transition from trainees to competent, ethical professionals in a diverse society.

Our interns provide individual psychotherapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, assessment and case disposition, outreach, consultation, and supervision of graduate level trainees.

We are proud of the high-quality, individualized training we offer interns and feel our program’s particular strengths lie in our entire staff’s commitment to training, the quality and quantity of supervision provided, our training in group psychotherapy, training in and opportunities to provide supervision to doctoral-level trainees, and the unique opportunities available through focus area placements, many of which provide opportunities to reach out to underserved groups. We also pride ourselves in our strong team approach and the entire staff’s commitment to a healthy work environment and work-life balance.

The stipend for the full-time, 12 month internship is $27,328. Interns also receive 20 days annual leave (vacation + sick days), 5 professional development days, and eight university holidays. Additional benefits include medical and dental insurance, flexible spending account, use of library and computer facilities, and parking. Please note interns must pay the employee portion of fees for medical and dental insurance as well as parking. Each intern has a large, private office with a window and is equipped with a computer and digital recording equipment.

The deadline for electronic submission of applications is November 15th. Our APPIC program code number is 138911.

This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Dr. Jenny Lybeck-Brown, Training Director.

The MU Counseling Center Internship in Health Service Psychology is Fully Accredited by the American Psychological Association.

In 2012, the program received 7-year re-accreditation (next review in 2019). For further information, contact the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation:

Phone: 202-336-5979 or 202-336-6123 TDD
Web site:
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242


Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

The following data are provided in accordance with the APA Standards of Accreditation for Internship Programs and were updated September 1, 2017.

Internship Program Admissions

The University of Missouri Counseling Center (MUCC) is currently accepting applications for four full-time, one-year positions in our 2018-2019 doctoral internship class.  The dates of the internship are August 6, 2018 to August 2, 2019.  As an APA-accredited, APPIC Member Program, we are participating in the 2018 APPIC Match Process (APPIC Program Code Number 138911).

MUCC considers applicants who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Being from an APA or CPA accredited academic program
  • Completing comprehensive exams by the time of application
  • Completing all other academic requirements for the doctoral degree, except dissertation, by the start of internship
  • Having completed at least 3 years of graduate training

Additional application requirements include the following at the time of application:

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours (Masters plus Doctoral): 400 hours minimum
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours with Adults: No minimum
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: No minimum


Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Have completed/will complete coursework and demonstrate experience in multicultural counseling, provision of supervision, and group therapy
  • Have previous experience in a University Counseling Center or similar setting
  • Have successfully proposed their dissertations

Applicants must be able to pass a background check which will be conducted after the Match in accordance with University of Missouri HR-504. This background check may include, but not be limited to, criminal history, verifications of employment and education, and driving records.  Each background check is considered individually and consideration will be given to the relationship between the information obtained in the background check, the responsibilities of the position, and the recency and severity of the offense.  A relevant job-related conviction or guilty plea is grounds for termination.  The University does not employ any individual required to be registered under sections 589.400 to 589.425, RSMo (Missouri Sex Offender Registry) in a position as a “professor or instructor,” which includes psychology interns.  Applicants who match to our program but do not successfully pass this background check will be dismissed from the internship (see APPIC Match Policy 6b).

Some doctoral programs require their students to have additional training contracts and evaluations completed by their internship programs.  The University of Missouri Counseling Center (MUCC) internship does not enter into training contracts with academic programs, and the MUCC supervisors do not complete evaluations on interns developed by academic training programs. Our training program’s evaluation procedures are extensive and comprehensive, and summaries of progress are provided to doctoral programs (additionally, copies of evaluations may be requested).  If you are enrolled in an academic training program that requires such training contracts and evaluations, you are strongly encouraged to consult with your Director of Clinical Training as to whether or not you are eligible to apply to our program.


Application Instructions

Please note that the majority of communication from our site will occur via email.

The application process will occur online. Submit your application via the Applicant Portal on APPIC’s webpage (

To be considered for internship at the MU Counseling Center, your online application must include the following components:

  • Completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) form. The AAPI may be downloaded from
  • A cover letter describing your qualifications and professional experience which you believe make you a good match with our site. Please note how our site would be a good match with your specific goals for internship.
  • Please mention in your cover letter whether you have had coursework in multicultural counseling, group therapy, and provision of supervision. If these courses have not been completed but will be prior to internship, please note that as well.
  • Current vita.
  • Official transcripts for all graduate work.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two from supervisors familiar with recent clinical work.  Note: MUCC only accepts letters of recommendation that are completed using the current APPIC Standardized Reference Form.



To be considered for the internship of the academic year of 2018-2019, all applications materials must be uploaded to the AAPI Online by Wednesday, November 15.


APPIC Policies and Guidelines

MUCC is participating in the 2018 APPIC Match Program and will abide by APPIC Match policies.  This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

Our 4-digit Member Number in the online APPIC Director is 1389.

Our 6-digit Program-Code Number for the Match is 138911.


Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year

Annual stipend for full-time intern $27,328
Annual stipend for half-time intern n/a
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
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 (PTO and/or vacation) 20 total days off for leave (combined vacation & sick); 5 saved for the final week of internship
Hours of annual paid sick leave (includes family sick leave) 20 total days off for leave (combined vacation & sick); 5 saved for final week of internship
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 include five paid professional development days and eight university holidays; use of library and computer facilities; and parking. Each intern has a large, private office with a window and is equipped with a computer and digital recording equipment.


Initial Post-Internship Positions

(Aggregated tally for the preceding 3 cohorts; 2014-2017)

Total number of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 12
Total number of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0
Post-doctoral residency program Employed position
Community mental health center 1
Federally qualified health center
Independent primary care facility/clinic
University counseling center 4 4
Veterans Affairs medical center
Military health center
Academic health center
Other medical center or hospital
Psychiatric hospital
Academic university/department
Community college or other teaching setting
Independent research institution
Correctional facility
School district/system
Independent practice setting 1 1
Not currently employed
Changed to another field
Other 1