Psychology Internship

APA (CoA) Accredited Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (one year)

Training in a Level I Trauma Center and safety net hospital

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About Our Program

Welcome to the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) Psychology Internship Program website. We appreciate your interest in our internship program, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and we hope that you will find the following information useful as you search for prospective internship programs. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 | Email: | Website:

The HCMC Psychology Internship Program offers both Adult and Child tracks. Our setting offers interns the opportunity to work with an ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse patient population. In addition, being part of a large teaching hospital and level I trauma center provides our interns many unique training experiences.

We believe that a good match between the intern and the internship program is essential. While we emphasize a strong foundation in assessment, consultation, and intervention, we also strive to individualize the internship experience.

We offer four internship positions usually distributed with two interns in each track. Only students from APA-accredited or CPA-accredited graduate programs are considered. Preference is given to applicants from graduate programs in clinical and school psychology, though graduate students from counseling programs, with an interest in pursuing more clinically oriented training, also will be considered. These are one year, full-time positions with the expectation of 2000 training hours.

Aims and Competencies

The  overarching aim of our program is to train advanced doctoral level practitioners to provide evidence-based psychological services to diverse populations in multi-disciplinary settings across the continuum of care.  Our specific goals are to prepare interns in the theories and techniques of assessment, intervention, and consultation necessary for an entry-level professional psychology position.

A doctoral internship in clinical psychology from HCMC provides broad and general training that is meant to prepare trainees for an entry level position in health service psychology.  As a result, we focus on building core competencies for health service psychology. These include the following.

  1. Ethical and Legal Standards
  2. Individual and Cultural Diversity
  3. Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors
  4. Communication and Interprofessional Skills
  5. Assessment
  6. Research
  7. Intervention
  8. Supervision
  9. Consultation and Interpersonal/Interdisciplinary Skills

Training Model

The predominant approach to training is that of an apprenticeship in which the training faculty models clinical skills, professional attitudes, and ethical standards. Experiential learning is emphasized and integrated throughout our program. The internship program adheres to the local clinical scientist model of training.

Over the course of the training year, interns are expected to perform in a progressively more independent manner. Didactic teaching is an integral part of the training and, in accordance with our mission statement, the practice of psychology is guided by the theoretical and empirical knowledge base of the discipline.

Salary and Benefits

The internship year begins approximately two weeks before Labor Day (usually the last two weeks of August) with two weeks of orientation. The stipend for the training year is $25,400. Benefits include health insurance and 28 days of PTO (Paid Time Off), which provides paid time off for absences due to any reason including vacation, illness, holidays, doctor appointments, professional conferences, dissertation defense and personal business. Also available are life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, and subsidized dental insurance. As an intern, you would get discounts on metro passes, gym memberships, medications at HCMC pharmacy, care at HCMC, etc. Lastly, interns have four hours per week that may be designated for research or scholarly endeavors.

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Find information about program admissions, support and placement data. The following document is in PDF format.

About Our Facility

Interns work in multiple settings across the Psychiatry Department, which is largely located within the main HCMC campus in downtown Minneapolis. The Psychiatry Department is composed of a 102-bed Adult Inpatient Service, the Partial Hospitalization Program, the Day Treatment Program, Acute Psychiatric Services, Child Adolescent Psychiatry Service, an intensive outpatient DBT program, the Mother-Baby Program, and the Adult Psychiatry Clinic. The department also has an active Consultation Liaison Service, which provides extensive psychiatric and psychological consultation to adult and pediatric patients throughout the medical center. All required training experiences take place at this downtown campus, though some optional training experiences occur in our community clinics.

In addition to the Psychology Training Program, the Department of Psychiatry has been involved in graduate medical education of University of Minnesota medical students and residents for decades. In 1996, the Hennepin-Regions Psychiatry Residency Program was established.


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Daniel Hurley, PhD, LP
Director of Psychology Training