Applicants to the Duke Clinical Psychology Internship Program should be enrolled in either an APA or CPA-accredited PhD Program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. 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 must be from graduate programs adhering to a scientist-practitioner or clinical scientist model. Students from practitioner-scholar model programs will not be accepted.
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 and 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: 500*
- Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: 500*
- Any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants? No
We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the 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, though most of our interns in recent years have far exceeded this benchmark. In evaluating applications, we consider the minimum number of hours to be one variable among many others in determining a candidate’s fit for our program.
*We require 500 total face-to-face assessment and intervention hours combined. The distribution of these hours between assessment and intervention depends on the track the applicants choose. For our Adult interns, competitive applicants usually have more intervention hours. For our Child interns, competitive applicants usually have a greater proportion of assessment hours, although intervention experience is also important.