Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Internship Program Admissions

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at the time of application? 

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours

Yes; at least 300.  The sum of practicum intervention hours from the following categories: individual therapy with adults and adolescents, group therapy with adults and adolescents, plus intakes, must exceed 300.

Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours


Other Required Minimum Criteria used to screen applicants

  • Enrollment in an APA-accredited program or CPA-accredited program
  • Completion of comprehensive examinations and proposal of dissertation or doctoral research project by rank-ordered submission date
  • Experience providing counseling within college or university counseling centers is highly desirable
  • The University of Iowa requires applicants who receive offers of employment to meet requirements including eligibility for legal employment in the U.S. and criminal background checks.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for the Upcoming Training Year

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns:  $26,250

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns:  Not applicable

Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?  Yes

  • Trainee contribution to cost required?  No; not for individual medical insurance.  The UCS contribution is equivalent to the UCS contribution for staff psychologists’ medical insurance and is sufficient to cover the cost of the individual plan.  
  • Coverage of family members 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)

  • Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation):  120
  • Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave:  144
  • 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; although the internship time frame may need to be extended to enable intern to meet all requirements.
  • Parental Leave Policy


Birth mothers may use any available paid sick leave (144 hours max.) and paid personal time off (120 hours max.) during a leave of absence for the birth of a child.  Birth mothers are entitled to up to eight weeks of medically indicated leave.  After available sick leave and paid personal time off is exhausted, unpaid leave may be used for this purpose.  Spouses, adoptive parents, and domestic partners may use up to ten days of sick leave as part of bonding time after the birth of a child or placement of a child in the home.  Interns who need additional parental leave beyond the allotted paid personal time off and /or sick leave may arrange additional absences, which may result in an extension beyond the twelve-month internship.  UCS may arrange a complementary appointment with no additional salary or benefits to enable interns to meet the requirements of the internship.


Other Benefits

  • Professional Development Leave:  88 hours (e.g., dissertation work and defense, graduation, job interviews, approved conferences, including Big Ten)
  • University contribution to TIAA or IPERS retirement plan that more than matches individual’s required level of contribution.
  • Interns choose from health insurance options available to UCS staff psychologists. Options to include a spouse and/or dependents are available, with some cost to employee.
  • Each intern has own office equipped with computer, Internet access, digital recording technology, and voicemail.  Each intern office has a window.
  • As University of Iowa employees, interns have UI e-mail accounts, business cards, and access to library resources.
  • Support staff answer telephones, receive clients, and score repeated measures symptom checklists on behalf of interns and their clients.  Additionally, they assist with scheduling.  Interns also have access to IT Support that is provided for the Division of Student Life employees


 Initial Post-Internship Positions


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:  1





Community mental health center



Federally qualified health center



Independent primary care facility/ clinic



University counseling center

1,1,1, 1


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



Not currently employed



Changed to another field










Note:  PD = Post=doctoral residency position; EP = Employed position.   Each individual represented in this table is counted only one time.  For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.