Psychology Internship

Gain Experience with Our Behavioral Health Team

Are you a prospective psychologist? Do you need experience? We want you to join our team. We prepare our interns for professional practice in an integrated behavioral health setting. During training, we help interns develop competence in providing psychological services.

Internship Admissions, Support & Initial Placement Data

Our 12-month clinical psychology internship offers doctoral candidates the chance to experience a variety of clinical activities, trainings, meetings and other educational experiences.

Date Program Tables are updated: September 2023

Does the program or institution require students, trainees, and/or staff (faculty) to comply with specific policies or practices related to the institution’s affiliation or purpose? Such policies or practices may include, but are not limited to, admissions, hiring retention policies, and/or requirements for completion that express mission and values? No

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.

Jordan Valley’s training program is committed to the requirement of culturally and ethnically diverse interns. We encourage inquiries and applications from all qualified individuals. Applications will be accepted from doctoral candidates in good standing in APA-approved graduate programs in clinical or counseling psychology in a PhD or PsyD program in Clinical (preferred) or Counseling Psychology. Candidates are expected to have sufficient training and experience in psychology to be able to gain maximum benefit from the experiences offered and have the endorsement of their graduate program Director of Training. Jordan Valley offers two one-year, full-time doctoral internships. The internship is accredited on contingency by the American Psychological Association. The internship provides each psychology intern with the opportunities to experience the practice of psychology with rural and underserved patients and as members of multidisciplinary integrative primary care teams.

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: Yes

Amount: 500 hours of direct therapeutic experience

Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: Yes

Amount: 200 hours of direct assessment experience

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:


  • Completed at least three years of practicum/field placement or work experience, which includes a minimum of 500 hours of direct therapeutic experience and 200 hours of direct assessment experience
  • Have written at least five integrated psychological testing reports
  • Successfully passed their doctoral comprehensive or qualifying examination
  • Dissertation proposal approved by the time of application


Jordan Valley conducts background checks on incoming interns and applicants need to be prepared to pass background checks in compliance with state laws. Not successfully passing this background check may cause Jordan Valley to break a match with an incoming intern.

Jordan Valley require interns to receive the COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption prior to the internship start date.

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns:

 Annual salary of $30,000.

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-Time Interns:


Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?


If access to medical insurance is provided:

Trainee contribution to cost required?


Coverage of family member(s) available?


Coverage of legally married partner available?


Coverage of domestic partner available?


Hours of Annual paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)

160 hours (16 days) of PTO for use as vacation and sick.

Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave

Sick leave is included in the 160 hours of PTO provided

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?


Other Benefits 

  • 3 days of professional development leave
  • At least nine (9) holidays
  • Professional liability insurance for anyone not already covered by their school
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Access to Group Retirement with employer match per plan document.
  • Employee Assistance Program (free short-term counseling for intern/family)
  • Optional enrollment in dependent care or medical flexible spending.

* Note: Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed. 

** Every day of unpaid leave taken, will be an automatic extension of internship by the same amount of time. 

(Aggregated Tally for the Proceeding 1 Cohort)

Cohort date range:  2020-2023

Total# of interns who were in the 3 cohorts:     6

Total# of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree: 0

Academic teaching
Community Mental Health Center
University Counseling Center
Hospital/Medical Center
Veterans Affairs Health Care System
Psychiatric Facility
Correctional Facility
Health Maintenance Organization
School District/System
Independent Practice Setting

Note: “PD” = Post-Doctoral residency position, “EP” = Employed Position

Application Process

Are you eligible for our internship program? Review our admission requirements and the directions for completing an application.

Why Intern At Jordan Valley?

You’ll gain experience working with an ongoing caseload of patients, applying theory to practice and developing your own professional style. Interns also get benefits from Jordan Valley.

  • Long-Term Disability
  • Optional enrollment in Jordan Valley’s employee benefit plans
  • Optional enrollment in dependent care or medical flexible spending. This benefit has no employer match, but allows for intern pre-tax contribution.
  • Three days for professional development time
  • Mileage reimbursement as defined in the Jordan Valley’s business office

Intern Testimonials

Accreditation Status

Our Department of Behavioral Health Integration’s clinical psychology internship is fully accredited, with the American Psychological Association. We are a full member of APPIC. 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

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