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Doctoral Psychology Internship

Doctoral Psychology Internship Handbook

Internship Handbook Full PDF Version

I. How to Apply

Applications for the doctoral internship are accepted through the APPIC portal ( )

The application deadline is November 30, 2018.

II. Stipend and Benefits

The stipend amount for the doctoral internship is $24,711. Due to university policy, interns are paid on an hourly basis over the 2000-hour internship, with that total adding up to $24,711.

  • Twelve vacation days and twelve days of sick leave, plus University holidays
  • Three days of professional development leave
  • Eligibility for University benefits, including health and dental insurance; for more information go to

III. Internship Dates

The UD Doctoral Psychology Internship is a full time position beginning on August 1 and ending July 31.

IV. Setting

Dayton, OH
All modesty aside, Dayton is among the most underrated cities in the United States. It’s a hidden gem rich in history, culture and recreation.

Brown Street offers an eclectic row of restaurants and coffeehouses. Check out an array of nightlife options in the historic Oregon District. Catch some late-night jazz at Gilly's. View an art house flick at the Neon Movies. Hop through galleries of local artists, take in exhibits at the Dayton Art Institute and the Dayton Visual Arts Center, or experience world-class concerts, plays and Broadway musicals at the Schuster Performing Arts Center and Victoria Theatre. Take off with the story of flight at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. After all, Dayton is where the Wright Brothers and aviation were born.

For the outdoor enthusiast, Dayton's beautiful river bikeways, recreation trails and parks provide miles and acres of exhilaration. Root, root, root for the Dayton Dragons, the local minor league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. That is if you can get tickets — the Dragons have sold out every game since 2000, the longest active sold-out streak in all of U.S. pro sports. And if you have a fix for MLB baseball, NFL football, NHL hockey, MLS soccer and just about anything else, Cincinnati and Columbus are both just an hour away.

The University of Dayton
The University of Dayton is a top-tier Catholic research university with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. We are a diverse community committed, in the Marianist tradition, to educating the whole person and linking learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

University of Dayton Counseling Center
Although college is a time of learning and exploration, there is also the inevitable stress of college life. The University of Dayton Counseling Center seeks to provide opportunities for students to work towards a more balanced life style. As a result, students are freed to pursue a fuller and richer expression of their educational experience.
At the Counseling Center we realize anxiety, depression, and a host of other personal struggles can often prevent students from obtaining their full potential. To help students overcome obstacles and achieve a healthy well-being, the Counseling Center provides individual and group counseling for personal and career related concerns.

Counseling Center Staff
The Counseling Center consists of seven licensed therapists and three administrative staff. The clinical staff is diverse in background and in theoretical orientation. A core value of the Counseling Center is that there are many legitimate and effective ways to help a student in need.

Meet the Staff

Student Development
The Division of Student Development is a community of professionals, called to serve as a resource and partner for student learning in the Catholic and Marianist tradition. We challenge students to construct communities of purpose, exhibit practical wisdom and practice servant leadership as they integrate personal and social responsibility with academics and faith formation. We support students by assisting in the co-creation of a safe and healthy environment where differences are respected and celebrated. We encourage students to discover their vocation as they develop the skills needed to contribute as members of a global society.

V. Accreditation Status

The University of Dayton Counseling Center Internship Program was granted APPIC membership in 2016. On September 18, 2018, we submitted a self-study in pursuit of APA accreditation. Please be advised that there is no assurance that we will be able to successfully achieve accreditation.  

VI. Philosophy and Goals of the Internship Program

The University of Dayton Internship Program is a 2000-hour program that is designed to be completed in 12 months. The program strives to provide burgeoning psychologists with training that will help them become competent, caring professionals. We provide generalist training that will facilitate having a breadth and depth of experience with numerous clinical issues and types of services provided. We support our interns in their growth to one day become independent practitioners. We honor diverse theoretical orientations and recognize that there are many valid and productive ways to perform the tasks of a psychologist. We aspire to provide an internship experience that will enrich the field of psychology by having well-trained practitioners and scholars contribute to it.

The model from which we base the program is that of practitioner-scholar. Experience by doing is informed by research that informs best practices in the field. One’s own experience, in conjunction with sound clinical knowledge and judgment, makes for an effective practitioner. We incorporate research into our didactic activities and case conference discussions. Interns are supported in building on their base of knowledge by having access to our professional library, as well as having funds allotted for professional development. Furthermore, leave time is granted for training opportunities.

As a Marianist institution within the Catholic faith, matters of social justice are strongly attended to at the University of Dayton. Respect for cultural differences (including religious diversity) is a core value of the university and of the Counseling Center. With a growing international student population, the students served by the Counseling Center become more diverse each year.

Respect for differences and appreciation for clinical research will help interns ready themselves to become independent. Interns are expected and allowed more autonomy as the training year progresses as it pertains to the intervention areas of assessment, treatment, and consultation. Interns’ needs will be addressed by the Training Director and their supervisors.

Finally, specific domains will be addressed and interns will be encouraged to progress in these areas. These include professionalism, in order to prepare the interns to represent the field of psychology well. Ethical decision-making and practiced is key to this professionalism and will be expected of interns. Interns will have opportunities to engage in self-care, in particular as it pertains to adjustment to the internship program and planning for life post-internship. Interns will also be expected to engage in the University of Dayton system and to provide feedback regarding the system they inhabit.

University of Dayton Statement on Diversity

The University of Dayton holds that the diversity of human perspectives and capabilities is essential to the fostering of educational excellence in the 21st century and beyond. As a Catholic and Marianist community, this commitment to the multiplicity of human ability and experience stands as a firm declaration of love for God’s creative and bountiful handiwork. Devoted to inclusion of diversity, the University calls all of its faculty, student and staff to intentionally honor the dignity of all persons, and to treat each other with the respect to which each is entitled. This institutional mission to value and promote human dignity and respect shapes education inside and outside the classroom, influences the demographic composition of our academic community, and sustains the educational and professional climate in the classroom and workplaces. The University welcomes you to join us in the building of a progressively more diverse, inclusive and robust learning and living environment.

VII. Intern Activities at the University of Dayton

Individual Counseling
Interns will be responsible for both initial interviews (intakes) and ongoing therapy sessions. An intern will typically have 10-15 hours of individual therapy on their schedule each week. There is a case assignment process that is designed to keep interns’ caseloads balanced and challenging without being overwhelming.

Group Counseling
Interns will be expected to co-facilitate one group per semester. Typical groups running at the Counseling Center include:

  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Understanding Self & Others (interpersonal process group)
  • Eating Issues Support Group
  • Survivors of Sexual Abuse Support Group
  • LGBTQ Support Group
  • Interns will also have the freedom to create and design groups based on their interests.

Each intern will have the opportunity to supervise a doctoral or Masters-level trainee over the course of one semester. The intern will meet individually on a weekly basis with this trainee and receive supervision of supervision from one of the licensed psychologists on staff.

Interns will have the opportunity to provide educational and preventive mental health programming across campus.

Interns will consult with university faculty and staff regarding mental health concerns of students. Consultation with students’ families and other treatment providers will also be part of the intern’s responsibilities.

Crisis Response
Interns will be scheduled to be available for crisis response and consultation services both during business hours and after hours. Interns will be able to consult with Counseling Center for support and more information as needed.

The Counseling Center uses assessment in three primary functions:

  • To inform the treatment of a client
  • To provide accommodations for students with mental health disorders
  • To provide clarification and discernment within the context of career counseling

Interns will provide assessment services within this framework.

Population Served
Counseling Center services are utilized by University of Dayton students. Graduate students and undergraduate are represented in proportion with their presence on campus. This is true of other demographic variables as well. The majority of students are between the ages of 18 and 25. The case assignment process is designed to provide for diversity in an intern’s caseload.

Breakdown of Training Activities:

Clinical Activities:

Provision of individual supervision to practicum student

1 hr

Provision of group therapy*

0-1.5 hr

Afternoon on-call/screening hours

1.5 hr

After-hours crisis/on-call

(2 weeks per semester)

General clinical hours (individual therapy and intakes)

approx. 15 hrs/week

Outreach presentations



approx. 20 hrs/week

Educational/Support Activities:

Individual supervision

2 hr

Supervision of supervision/Mtg with DOT

1 hr

Supervision of group therapy

0-.5 hr

Case Conference

1 hr

Intern Meeting

0.5 hr

Intern Seminar

2 hr


7 hrs/wk**

Administrative Activities:

Staff Meeting

1.5 hrs

Intern Research Project

1 hr

Administrative hours

5 hours/week


7.5 hrs/week

* If an intern conducts multiple groups, the additional clinical time and time for supervision of group is subtracted from General Clinical Services hours.
** If an intern chooses not to do a group and/or not to do a rotation, the designated supervision time reverts to General Clinical Services hours.


Counseling Center

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0910