Clinical psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows at Northwestern University receive training in an environment which is multidisciplinary, conceptually pluralistic, and scholarly. Trainees work closely with clinical psychologists, physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, and social workers throughout the year. An emphasis is placed on evidence-based clinical practices, and on understanding the ways in which empirical research and clinical practice mutually inform one another.
Our internship program in clinical psychology is sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. The internship is the second in the United States to be accredited by the American Psychological Association on October 1, 1955. It is designed to prepare trainees for careers as professional psychologists in academic and medical center settings. Like our doctoral program, the internship and postdoctoral fellowship program develops critically-minded psychologists who are, at the same time, exceptional clinicians and creative clinical scholars.
The Internship Program in Clinical Psychology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine is designed to train the next generation of leaders in clinical psychology. We endeavor to develop professional psychologists who are clinically perceptive and technically skilled, and who demonstrate a comprehensive and critically minded knowledge of psychological theory, treatment, and applied research. Our internship program has for many years been based on a scientist-practitioner model emphasizing the ways in which clinical practice and research
Our internship program focuses
Interns receive broad and intensive generalist training in assessment, diagnosis, case formulation, consultation, and individual and group psychotherapy. They receive training in a range of evidence-based treatments, including CBT, BA, DBT, CBT for Psychosis, CBASP, and Mindfulness-Based CBT/ACT. They also receive training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and
Interns receive both individual and group supervision, complemented by an extensive curriculum of case conferences, workshops
Detailed information about our Internship Program can be found in our Program Handbook 2018-2019.
Additional information about our program application procedures and intern outcomes may be found here,
Internship Program Tables.
Interns are encouraged to apply for post-doctoral fellowship positions with our department. Our post-doctoral fellowship program is designed to build on the foundation of general skills developed during the internship year. Fellows receive specialized clinical training and are actively involved in basic, translational, or clinical research with a senior research mentor. Post-doctoral fellows are supported in developing an area of clinical expertise as well as a program of research over the course of the fellowship year. Fellows are well-positioned, then, to pursue careers in clinical or academic settings. It is worth noting that opportunities to work in specific clinics or research labs can vary from year to year.
Our program participates in the national
National Matching Services, Inc. conducts the matching program for internship programs that are members of APPIC. All applicants to our program must obtain a Request for Applicant Agreement Package from National Matching Services, Inc. and register for the match. For participation rules, a schedule, a process description, or to download an Applicant Agreement, go to the National Matching Services, Inc. website. You may also request an agreement be mailed to you from their main office: National Matching Services, 20 Holly Street, Suite 301, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4S 3B1. The match code number for the program is 126211.
Our application deadline is November 18. Invitations for interview are made no later than December 15. Interviews will be held during early January.
We accept graduate students who are enrolled in American or Canadian clinical or counseling psychology programs. A strong preference is given to applicants from APA-accredited training programs in clinical psychology founded upon a Scientist-Practitioner or Clinical Scientist model
Three interns are accepted each year. Minority applicants and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants must have:
- Been admitted to candidacy for a doctoral degree
- Taken graduate-level courses in personality theory, psychopathology, psychotherapy, psychological testing, and professional ethics and to have completed practica in psychotherapy and psychological testing
- Defended their dissertation or be near enough to completion that the dissertation defense can be reasonably anticipated during the internship year
Selection of interns is overseen by the Internship and Fellowship Training Committee. All applications are screened by the Director of Training. Those applicants who meet requirements are independently rated by at least two faculty members on the Internship and Fellowship Training Committee, including the Chief Psychologist and Director of Training. Education, clinical training, research, competency, and fit with the program are considered.
Approximately 30 to 32 applicants will be invited for a day-long set of meetings where they are provided with an overview of the program, interviewed by faculty, offered an open forum with current interns and fellows, and given the opportunity to ask questions. Interviews are conducted by the Chief Psychologist, Director of Training, and at least three other members of our faculty. Applicants are independently rated on a number of foundational and functional competencies: professionalism, reflective practice, scientific knowledge, individual and cultural diversity, interdisciplinary systems, assessment, intervention, and research/evaluation. Applicants are also assessed for the fit between their stated internship needs and career aims with the goals, objectives, training plan, and resources of the program. The Internship and Fellowship Training Committee then meets and generates a final ranking by consensus.
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For more information about our internship and fellowship program, contact Cleo Powell.