Interns are systematically evaluated in all areas in which they work. Interns, in turn, evaluate their supervisors and the training program. This evaluation process, including both written and oral components, takes place in October, December, May, and August. Two evaluations of intern progress are sent to the student's academic program during the year, and the final evaluation is sent at the close of the year.
These evaluations are based directly on the competencies and goals identified for our internship training program, which have resulted through several years of refinement on the part of the training staff. (Intern Evaluation Form) They are in compliance with Domain E, Section 4 of the Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology. Therefore, if you are enrolled in an academic training program that requests additional training contracts and/or evaluations, these will not be completed by the UCS training staff. Your doctoral program may choose to use the data from the UCS evaluations to complete their own forms. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your Director of Clinical Training or the UCS Assistant Director for Training if you have questions about this policy.
Two advisory meetings are held each fall and spring semester during which the intern meets with all supervisors in order to review goals and activities. The supervisory team for each intern provides feedback to the intern and assists in generating methods for reaching the intern's goals.
The most frequent type of first employment setting for UCS internship graduates is the university or college counseling center. Other graduates hold positions in academia, hospital settings, private practice, community mental health centers, or other community agencies.
Former Interns' Reviews
The atmosphere of the internship program at the UCS is imbued with authentic care for the trainees. Supervision was a highlight, with the opportunity for in-depth specialty training not often found in a single site (short term relational psychodynamic and ACT, especially). Feedback was delivered with a clarity and warmth suggesting that intern’s gifts and growth areas were truly seen. This is a site that balances challenge with support, makes space for reflection, and provides the structure to move towards confident autonomous practice.
Bill Capteron, Ph.D.
Intern Class of 2014-2015
It is difficult to summarize how thankful and appreciative I am for my internship experience at UCS. It was a transformational and meaningful experience because of the people and the training program they built. The training program exceeded all of my expectations. The staff and supervisors created an environment where I felt safe to take risks in my work and grow my professional identity. The UCS truly values training and the experience of interns. My supervisors and the training director were also very helpful in preparing me for the next steps in my career and supporting me throughout the process. UCS is a top-notch internship training program and the growth I experienced there will continue to guide me throughout my professional life.
Michael E. Gotlib, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist
Drexel University, Counseling Center
Intern Class of 2014-2015
I’m very grateful for spending my doctoral internship year at UCS – a place where I received top-notch counseling training and supervision, and got to know a group of whole-hearted, devoted, and kind people. It is a place where there is a collective synergy toward making the world a more just and better place for all. Of course the training and work was very intensive as it should be for internship, but I never felt burnt out or being busy without a good reason. The training program has been so well established that all the activities and curriculum are carved out with intentionality and care. I also received the best supervision ever; the supervisors are so invested in me as a psychologist-in-training and as a person, and as a result I gained tremendous insight about counseling and myself. The genuine and open learning environment also provided ample space for me to reflect and challenge myself, which I found a necessity for me to truly grow as a psychologist. UCS definitely has been a center stone in my professional and personal development – a place that will always bring a warm smile on me.
Peiwei Li, Ph.D.
Springfield College Faculty
Intern Class of 2013-2014
My internship year has been a very meaningful period of my life, and I feel very fortunate that I had to spend the year with the staff and supervisors at the UCS. One of the strengths of the internship program at the UCS is its commitment to training. The supervisors are supportive, knowledgeable, protective, and professional. They helped me to identify my strengths and guided me to improve my growth edges in a very supportive and nurturing way. I felt recharged and understood after supervision sessions, understanding that my supervisors are more interested in helping me to grow professionally than evaluating my performance, although it is necessary. The training has helped to prepare me for the job market. Each staff member has been a great role model as how professionals could be. The emphasis and commitment to social justice, diversity, and professional dignity have helped me to form my values of what it means to be a professional. The UCS is a great site for internship training. I highly recommend it for those who are applying for internship!Tzu-An Hu, Ph.D., Clinical Counselor
University of Illinois Champaign Counseling Center
Intern Class of 2011-2012
I feel privileged to have completed my internship at the University of Iowa University Counseling Service (UCS). The UCS internship training environment is outstanding, and provides a context for optimal professional development and growth. I received first-rate supervision from a team of supportive mentors who were clearly committed to my professional development. Due to the breadth and depth of training experiences that were offered, I was well-prepared to take the next step in my career. Without question, my internship year was one of the highlights of my graduate training.Rebecca Brock, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Scholar
University of Iowa
Intern Class of 2011-2012
I feel fortunate to have completed my doctoral internship at the UCS. As an intern, I appreciated the autonomy given to me to spread my wings as a psychologist in training in a warm and supportive environment. A key strength of this internship is the quality of supervision. My supervisors were influential in helping me to integrate my strengths and unique worldview into my work with clients and my professional identity. One of the most rewarding experiences during my internship year was in the area of diversity at both the client and programming and consultation levels. I feel that the support and encouragement I received from the staff helped me to re-engage with my dissertation and successfully defend only months after internship ended. My capstone experience at the UCS helped to provide an excellent training experience that was instrumental in building my confidence to enter the field as a new professional.Liz Bradshaw, Ph.D., Psychology Assistant and Postdoc Fellow
Atlanta Psychological Services
Intern class of 2010-2011
My internship year at UCS was truly a formative year for me--both professionally and personally. I gained the knowledge, the skill, and the passion for working in the college counseling center setting. I was fortunate to work with a staff who genuinely cared about their campus, one another, and our training as trainees!"Carolyn Heitzmann, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist
University of Delaware, Center for Counseling and Student Development
Intern Class of 2009-2010
I can say without any fear of exaggeration that my internship at the UCS far exceeded my expectations for that stage in my clinical training. Having worked at several university counseling centers before and after, I can say that you will not find stronger clinical supervision and genuine support of interns' development. The staff worked hard to match interns with cases that both challenged and engaged us, and I am a better clinical supervisor due to such strong modeling by the psychologists there. Given its location in central Iowa, prior to starting I wasn't sure about the breadth and depth of opportunities to work with diversity. I was wrong to question it. The clinical staff excels in teaching and modeling multicultural competency, and I worked with a wonderfully diverse caseload of clients. I still think they are years ahead of most counseling centers in recognizing the importance of understanding therapists' and clients' intersecting cultural identities. I can't speak highly enough of my internship experience at the UCS, and strongly encourage you to apply."Ryan A. McKelley, Ph.D., LP, Assistant Professor of Clinical/Counseling Psychology
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Intern Class of 2007-2008
Interning at Iowa was an excellent experience. Training staff are seriously committed to intern growth and development, especially around clinical practice, professional development, cultural competence, assessment, and consultation/supervision. I really appreciated that trainers “walked the walk” about taking of our own mental health as clinicians, and I found Iowa UCS to be a wonderfully balanced and supportive environment. In addition, the site is highly collegial and welcoming. I remember my internship fondly, and recommend the UCS each year to doctoral students who are in the hunt.David S. Shen-Miller, Ph.D., H.S.P., Assistant Professor,
Program Coordinator, M.S. in Counseling Psychology
Tennessee State University
Intern Class of 2007-2008
Training at an APA-accredited site with a strong reputation for being a solid training program was very important to me in my internship search. The training and supervision that I received as an intern at UCS exceeded my expectations. I felt that my interests were supported and my strengths were highlighted, however, I was appropriately challenged and grew tremendously during my internship year. The staff at UCS is committed to training and supervision and I felt that my supervisors were genuinely invested in my growth and self-care. At the conclusion of internship, I felt energized to enter the field and prepared to take the next step professionally. As an early-career professional, there is no doubt that my internship training at UCS was a springboard for my career. I still reflect on learning experiences from that year and continue to value the mentorship I received and relationships that I developed. I feel privileged to have been an intern at UCS and would strongly recommend this training site to prospective interns looking for a high-quality training experience in a university counseling center environment.Tiffany Tiberi, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist
Wellness Center, Loyola University of Chicago
Intern Class of 2007-2008