Clinical Psychology Residency
Due to unexpected changes at our site, we will not be recruiting an internship class for the 2024-2025 training year. We are in the process of working with APPIC and APA to address this.
The Clinical Psychology Internship Program is based on a scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing the ways in which clinical practice and research inform and complement one another. It is designed for individuals who wish to pursue careers in clinical practice, teaching and research.
Trainees are immersed in clinical programs that emphasize expert diagnosis, early intervention, continuity of care and access to a broad range of evidence-based treatments; an educational curriculum that is programmatic, integrative and individualized; and research programs of national standing. Opportunities for generalist training during the internship year abound, as the patient population served is demographically, socioeconomically and diagnostically diverse. Trainees acquire the theoretical, empirical and methodological knowledge necessary to treat a wide range of complex clinical problems within a multidisciplinary setting. Steeped in a rich tradition of training and supported by a wealth of clinical and scholarly resources at Northwestern, this program offers trainees an exceptional environment to complete the final preparations for their professional careers.
Detailed information about our program can be found below and in our Program Handbook and the Internship Applicants: Admissions, Support & Initial Placement Data.
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 insight-oriented approaches. Training is housed in the outpatient clinics of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Interns receive both individual and group supervision, complemented by an extensive curriculum of case conferences, workshops and seminars. Although the focus of the internship year is clinical, participation in research in strongly encouraged and supported.
Our program participates in the national match and uses the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) standard application form. We strongly support the goals of APPIC and endorse their guidelines. Northwestern University agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at the Feinberg School of Medicine will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant before the day of uniform notification.
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. Visit the National Matching Services, Inc. website for participation rules, a schedule, a process description or to download an Applicant Agreement. You may also request an agreement be mailed to you from their main office: National Matching Services, 20 Holly St., Suite 301, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4S 3B1. The match code number for the program is 126211.
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. If you are a student who is attending a university outside of the USA and are not a US citizen, please contact the training director to discuss your situation prior to submitting an application: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note we are not planning on recruiting an internship class for the 2024-2025 training year.
Thank you again for your interest in our Clinical Psychology Internship Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Please feel free to explore our website and contact us with any questions or concerns.
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 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.
This internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The next site visit of the Commission on Accreditation will be in 2028.
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 1st St. NE
Washington, DC 20002