Internship Admissions, Support & Initial Placement Data

Date Program Tables are updated: 9/1/2023

Program Disclosures

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Internship Program Admissions

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements

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 time of application?  If Yes, indicate how many?  
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours: Amount: 500 hours*
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: Amount: 500 hours*


Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:  None

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.   

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.


Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns $31,700
Annual Stipend/Salary for Part-time Interns N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? (Note from Duke: Interns also have access to dental and vision benefits) Yes


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
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave 12 days
In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave? Yes
Program note:  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 (please describe)  
Duke holidays 8 days
Duke discretionary days 5 days
Education fund $200


Note. Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table

Initial Post-Internship Positions

(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)

Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 29

Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree



Category Post-doctoral Residency Position (PD) Employed Position (EP)
Academic teaching 4 0
Community mental health center 0 0
Consortium 0 0
University Counseling Center 0 0
Hospital/Medical Center 18 6
Veterans Affairs Health Care System 1 0
Psychiatric facility 0 0
Correctional facility 0 0
Health maintenance organization 0 0
School district/system 0 0
Independent practice setting 0 0
Other 1 0

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.