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Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Internship Program Tables

Date Program Tables Updated: 8/6/20

Internship Program Admissions

Information to Assist Potential Applicants in Assessing Their Likely Fit with the Program: Applicants to the Duke Clinical Psychology Internship Program should be enrolled in either an APA or CPA-accredited PhD Program in Clinical Psychology. We do not accept applicants from PsyD programs. Applicants from School Psychology programs may apply to our Child Autism Concentration if they state in a cover letter how their interests and experiences are a good fit for our program. Applicants from graduate programs adhering to a scientist-practitioner or clinical scientist model are strongly preferred. Applicants must have completed the third year of their graduate program by the beginning of the internship year and must be certified as ready for Internship by their department's Director of Clinical Training. Completion of all academic work, including the dissertation, is preferred.

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

  • Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours - 400 hours
  • Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours - 50 hours

Any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants?  No

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted acquisition of clinical hours towards preparation for internship. We have slightly decreased our required minimum number of face-to-face hours for this internship year. Most of our interns in recent years have far exceeded this benchmark. In evaluating applications, we consider minimum number of hours to be one variable among many others in determining a candidate’s fit for our site.

Financial and Other Benefits Support for Upcoming Training Year

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns:  $25,000

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns:  N/A

Program Provides Access to Medical Insurance for Interns?  Yes (Interns also have access to dental and vision benefits)

If access to medical insurance is provided

  • Trainee contribution to cost required?    Yes     
  • Coverage of family member(s) available?    Yes         
  • Coverage of legally married partner available?   Yes
  • Coverage of domestic partner available?   No

Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation): 15 days/year 

Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave: 12 days/year 

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to Intern/Residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?  Yes

If circumstances arise requiring the intern to take medical leave or leave for family needs, the intern will need to use all remaining unused paid personal time off first before going on an unpaid absence from the internship. The internship will then be extended in order for the intern to meet the 2,000 hours required for completion of their internship.

Other Benefits:  Duke Holidays (7 days); Duke discretionary days (6 days)

Initial Post-Internship Positions Placement Information

An aggregated tally for the preceding 3 cohorts: 2017-2020 (cohorts 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20)

Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts: 30
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree: 0
                                                                                                  Post-Doctoral           Employed
Community mental health center                 0              0
Federally qualified health center              0              0
Independent primary care facility/clinic       0              0
University counseling center                   0              0
Veterans Affairs medical center                4              0
Military health center                         0              0
Academic health center                         20             0
Other medical center or hospital               0              0
Psychiatric hospital                           0              0
Academic university/department                 6              0
Community college or other teaching setting    0              0
Independent research institution               0              0
Correctional facility                          0              0
School district/system                         0              0
Independent practice setting                   0              0
Not currently employed                         0              0
Changed to another field                       0              0
Other                                          0              0
Unknown                                        0              0

Note: PD = Post-doctoral residency position; EP = Employed position. Each individual is counted only one time.

Application Deadline:  November 1, 2020 

We will be accepting applications only via APPIC's electronic application website: This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. 

More information regarding this process can be found on APPIC's MATCH-NEWS e-mail list.  Applicants are encouraged to sign up for this e-mail list as APPIC will be distributing some important announcements about the Match, the AAPI Online and the APPIC Directory Online throughout the next few months. 

A complete application package will consist of the following elements: 

APPIC application form (APPI):  The Psychology Internship Training Program at Duke University Medical Center requires a completed APPIC application form (APPI) which is available from the APPIC website. APPIC also includes an instruction manual on their website completing the APPI listing required elements for a complete application.    

In addition to the completed APPI form, the following must be included: 

  1. A cover letter indicating how our Program will meet your training goals and interests, and specifying which Track you are applying to (Adult Track or Child Track) and the Concentration within the Track. Note: It is important that Adult Psychology Track applicants apply to only one concentration within the Adult Psychology Track. Applicants to the Child Psychology Track may apply to more than one concentration within the Child Psychology Track if the rationale is clearly outlined in their cover letter.  Applicants to the Child Clinical Trauma Concentration, Child Clinical Autism Concentration, and the Child Pediatric Psychology Concentration should have some background or special interest in those concentrations as is noted in the rotational descriptions listed on the Child Psychology Track page of this website.
  2. A current curriculum vita.
  3. Official graduate transcript(s).
  4. Letters of recommendation (please note that we require 3 letters of recommendation; however, applicants will not be penalized if they choose to provide more than three.

Additional supplemental material required:  In addition to a completed application, we also require the following supplemental material (de-identified Clinical Work Sample) – Please provide us with one or both of the following de-identified supplemental materials:  (1) A treatment or case summary; (2) A psychological evaluation report. 

Duke Internship Program's Interview Day:  January 2021 (Virtual interviews TBD)

Applicants may be invited for an interview after a review of application materials.  Notification of whether the applicant is being invited or not will be no later than December 15 through email.  For those being invited for an interview, emails with more detailed information will be provided.  

Requirements for Internship Completion

Interns must successfully complete 12 months of full-time 2000 hour training experience to earn a certificate of completion.  Successful completion is based on full attendance and passing evaluations of performance by supervisors and mentors in the Profession-Wide Competencies of Clinical Psychology.  Duke University’s policies provide for equal opportunity and affirmative action in employment and admission to all programs of the University.

Program Contact Information

Christian F. Mauro, PhD
Director, Psychology Internship Training Program
Psychology Internship Training Program
2608 Erwin Road, Suite 300
Durham, NC 27705
Phone:  919-668-0081

APA Accreditation

The Duke University Medical Center Internship Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. For questions related to the program's accreditation status, please contact:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.  
Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone:   202-336-5979