Olympic National Park

University of Washington
Psychology Internship Program

Application Requirements and Procedure

The internship program begins on July 1. By then, applicants must have completed at least three years of graduate study. Applicants must be in good standing in an APA or CPA accredited, scientist-practitioner or clinical scientist Ph.D. program in clinical, counseling, or "combined" psychology. Successful applicants will generally have accrued about 1000 hours (grand total) of practicum experience. The 1000 hours includes support hours, intervention, assessment, and supervision hours. It is not a strict cutoff but rather an overall guideline. We look at a balance of direct patient contact, supervision and other activities. Because our selection process is weighted toward applicants showing promise of future academic and/or clinical research careers, applicants from programs that are primarily geared toward training practitioners are less competitive. The program requires that applicants have completed comprehensive examinations and have an approved dissertation proposal by the deadline for application to the internship. Because of this program's diversity and its geographic dispersion, it is best suited for individuals who are well organized, self-reliant, and adaptable. Completed applications must be received by November 1.

Our selection process is driven primarily by the application materials. If you have specific questions about the training program, please e-mail the Psychology Internship Office psychsom@uw.edu). Or e-mail the Faculty Track Coordinator any questions you have about the different tracks.

Application Procedure

We utilize the online APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI). Please do not send any materials separately to our program. Consistent with APPIC policies, the only materials accepted will be those uploaded with the AAPI application. Our deadline for applications is NOVEMBER 1st. For questions about the ONLINE AAPI please contact APPIC

Our psychology resident selection process is designed to ensure a fair review of all applications. Applications are rated independently by at least two faculty psychologists. Ratings are made on the quality of academic and clinical training and performance, research potential, personal characteristics, and the apparent goodness of fit between the applicant's interests and our program. Competitive applicants typically have completed or nearly completed dissertations prior to coming into the internship, at least through the data collection process. We accept applicants only from APA or CPA accredited programs and strongly prefer graduates in Ph.D. clinical or counseling psychology programs that have a scientist-practitioner or clinical scientist orientation. The applicant rating process begins in November. We will make every effort possible to notify applicants of their status as soon as possible. Please, do not email or call the program to inquire about your application status unless you think there is a problem. Response time from November 1st and for about a week after that date will be slow as we process applications.

Our Programs APPIC/NMS program TRACK codes:

  • General Adult Psychology (APPIC/NMS program code = 161913)
  • General Child Psychology (APPIC/NMS program code = 161912)
  • Behavioral Medicine/Neuropsychology (APPIC/NMS program code = 161914)

Open House

Applicants still under consideration after December 15th will be invited to our Open House to be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. You will receive an e-mail with your invitation and Open House information. We coordinate our Open House date with other APA approved internships in this vicinity, e.g. Seattle VA and Western State Hospital. Dates and times for other internship programs' Open Houses should be confirmed with that site.

If you are invited, we encourage you to come to Open House so that you can get the best possible information about our program and how it might fit your training needs. We offer individual appointments for meetings with faculty in all tracks the afternoon of Open House. Please note that we do not require attendance at Open House or that applicants travel to Seattle for personal interviews to match with us. However, we would like the opportunity to meet with applicants who are still under consideration by phone or Skype prior to submitting ranking lists. These additional individual contacts provide applicants with more information about the program in terms of their individual interests and needs, and allow us to get to know applicants better to evaluate the "goodness of fit" with our program in terms of applicant training interests, background and goals. We encourage applicants to take advantage of the individual meetings with faculty members during the afternoon of Open House, or to set up phone calls if attendance at our Open House is not possible. We believe these individual meetings provide both the applicants and our program faculty with information that is helpful in determining whether our internship is a good choice for an applicant's training needs. Just as applicants take all available information into account in ranking programs, all contacts with applicants (including individual meetings) during Open House or in other contexts provides information that we as a program may use in determining rankings of applicants. 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 psychology resident applicant.

Open House Appointments

The Adult Track will offer appointments between 1 and 5 PM. To make an appointment to meet with Adult Track Faculty the afternoon of the Open House please contact the Training Director and Adult Track Coordinator Jessica Cronce, Ph.D. at jcronce@uw.edu AFTER December 15th but no later than December 22nd.

The Behavioral Medicine/NP Track will offer appointments the afternoon of the Open House. To make an appointment to meet with members of the Behavioral Medicine/NP Track Faculty please contact Alice Kim, Administrative Coordinator evonise9@uw.edu AFTER December 15th but no later than December 22nd. For questions about the Behavioral Medicine/NP Track please contact Chuck Bombardier, Ph.D., ABPP, the Track Coordinator at chb@uw.edu.

The Child Track offers appointments with Child Track Faculty between 1 PM and 5 PM. Applicants who would like to make an appointment to meet with a Child Track Faculty member on the day of the Open House should contact Gretchen Gudmundsen, Ph.D., the Child Track Coordinator, for an appointment no later than December 21st. Her e-mail is gretchen.gudmundsen@seattlechildrens.org and her phone number is 206-987-5497.

The Internship will attempt to accommodate requests for visits by prospective applicants from all tracks who do not attend our Open House, but opportunities to evaluate our training resources will be much more limited. Prospective applicants can also potentially meet with members of our faculty at many professional meetings.

If you match with us, we will make every effort to take your preferences into account if there is a choice of rotation sites in your track. However, we reserve the right to assign rotations to meet the constraints of our funding sources. Your appointment may be subject to certain eligibility requirements. If you match with our program you will be asked to provide information on any criminal history or conviction record at the beginning of the internship year as part of a required background check. All offers of internship are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check. All matched applicants must provide documentation of current immunization status and meet all other medical center health requirements, such as TB testing which will be done here at the Medical Center prior to beginning any clinical activities.

Applicants to the Behavioral Medicine/Neuropsychology Track, please note the following:

Four of the stipends in the Behavioral Medicine/Neuropsychology track are funded with federal grants and have eligibility requirements. To receive this funding, applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals or have permanent resident status. The eligibility requirements will be taken into account in our ranking process and may affect our ability to rank applicants who do not meet these requirements.

There are also service payback agreements for the RSA Rehabilitation Services Administration* federal funding associated with 3 stipends in this track. Applicants who are eligible for federal funding and who match with us are asked to agree to accept this funding if offered and sign a payback agreement if they match with us in this track. The agreement will require a period of time following training (two years for each full or part-time stipend funded) agreeing to provide service in certain public service settings or to populations deemed eligible by the granting agency. In our prior experiences with funding stipends through this grant mechanism, these requirements are generally met without significant difficulty or hardship for residents. Over a previous 20 year period of having trainees involved in such payback agreements, we are not aware of situations in which this has restricted career or location opportunities for our graduates. Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Chuck Bombardier (chb@uw.edu) if they have any concerns about the payback agreement.

*The information in this link pertains only to only certain stipends within the Behavioral Medicine Track mentioned above. RSA Manual (RSA Rehabilitation Services Administration)

Matched candidates are notified of acceptance in accordance with APPIC guidelines, via the APPIC Internship Matching Program . For information on the National Matching Service please see http://www.natmatch.com/. 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 psychology resident applicant.

Our sincere best wishes for a successful match! Thank you for your interest in our program.

Information of Interest to Applicants with Disabilities

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply to our program. In the past, we have accommodated psychology residents with a variety of physical disabilities, including disabilities requiring manual and motorized wheelchair accessibility. The Disabled Student Services Office coordinates special services made available to residents, including a variety of university services, equipment, and publications. Special services from the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine's Assistive Technology Resource also are available. The University of Washington Medical Center's Rehabilitation Medicine and Rehabilitation Psychology Divisions are internationally known, and collaborations between students and faculty members are regarded to be mutually beneficial. The internship program offers experience in working with patients who have a variety of physical disabilities. (Disability Services Office) (Access Guide)

Stipend and Benefits

The stipend for our psychology resident cohort is $25,000 plus non-retirement eligible benefits (includes medical, dental, and life insurance). Psychology residents receive eleven days of vacation, five days of professional leave, and accrue one day of sick leave per month. Because residents are here, for one year only, they are not eligible for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act. However, personal vacation can be taken for family medical emergencies.

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