Internship in Health Service Psychology
Dear Potential Intern,
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, initial evaluation and case disposition, outreach, consultation, and supervision of graduate level trainees.
As you peruse our website, consider starting with our Training Videos to give you a feel for our Center. We pride ourselves on the warm, inclusive atmosphere at the MUCC where staff are truly committed to training. Some other commonly cited internship highlights include:
- Strong training in group therapy
- Opportunities to supervise doctoral-level clinicians for two semesters (with excellent Supervision of Supervision)
- Focus areas to gain in-depth training in an area of clinical interest (many with opportunities to reach underserved groups)
- Multicultural emphasis/commitment to diversity throughout the program
- Focus on professional development and support for future job search
- Value of work-life balance
- Columbia, Missouri itself (a highly appealing college town with a lower than average cost of living, see posting from Livability.com)
The stipend for the full-time, 12 month internship is at least $29,000. Interns also receive 20 days annual leave (vacation + sick days), 5 professional development days, and twelve 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.
The MU Counseling Center Internship in Health Service Psychology is Fully Accredited by the American Psychological Association.
In 2019, the program received 10 year full re-accreditation (next review in 2029). For further information, contact the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation:
The strengths of our program as well as additional procedural details are further delineated on our website. We know it is strange and stressful to be applying to internship in the midst of a pandemic and hope you take a closer look and consider applying. We will do everything we can to make this an informative, smooth, and maybe even fun experience! Don’t hesitate to email me with any questions about our site or the process. All the best to you in this process!
Associate Director/Training Director
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 initially reported August 31, 2017 and updated September 3, 2020.
Internship Program Admissions
Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:
The University of Missouri Counseling Center (MUCC) is currently accepting applications for four full-time, one-year positions in our 2021-2022 doctoral internship class. The dates of the internship are August 9, 2021 to August 5, 2022 (the final week is taken as vacation, thus the last day in the office is July 29, 2022). As an APA-accredited, APPIC Member Program, we are participating in the 2021 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
Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at the time of application? If YES, indicate how many:
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours (Masters plus Doctoral) N Y Amount=400
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours N Y Amount=0
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
In addition to the aforementioned requirements, 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.
Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year
|Annual stipend for full-time intern||$29,000|
|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 twelve university holidays; use of library and computer facilities; and parking (interns pay a fee for this). Each intern has a large, private office with a window and is equipped with a computer and digital recording equipment.
Initial Post-Internship Positions
(Provide an Aggregated tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts; 2015-2018)
Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts=12
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree=0
|Placed in:||Post-doctoral residency program||Employed position|
|Community mental health center||3||1|
|Federally qualified health center||0||0|
|Independent primary care facility/clinic||0||0|
|University counseling center||3||4|
|Veterans Affairs medical center||0||0|
|Military health center||0||0|
|Academic health center||0||0|
|Other medical center or hospital||0||0|
|Community college or other teaching setting||0||0|
|Independent research institution||0||0|
|Independent practice setting||1||0|
|Not currently employed||0||0|
|Changed to another field||0||0|
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 (www.appic.org).
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 www.appic.org.
- 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 (while this may also be noted on your transcripts, these are often a bit cryptic and hard to read). 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 2020-2021, all applications materials must be uploaded to the AAPI Online by Sunday, November 15.
APPIC Policies and Guidelines
MUCC is participating in the 2021 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.