Child Psychology Internship Overview

The psychology doctoral internship at Children Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited, 2,000 hour program. Children’s offers three internship positions each year, with preference given to students from APA accredited graduate programs in child or clinical psychology.


Training in the Psychology internship program at Children’s reflects our mission and commitment to excellence in pediatric care. Our focus is family-centered care provided in an interdisciplinary environment — integrating the psychological needs of the child and family through assessment and intervention.


The training philosophy is grounded in the following principles:

  • Sound psychological practice that is rooted in the theoretical and empirical knowledge base of the discipline.
  • Skill acquisition is critically dependent on graduated experiences that are carefully supervised.

The internship year is guided by a scholar-practitioner model of training with significant influence from the scientist-practitioner model recommended by the 1990 Gainesville National Conference on Scientist-Practitioner Education and Training for the Professional Practice of Psychology. The program encourages critical, scientific thinking and the application of scientific knowledge to clinical issues, targeting competencies for Health Service Psychology endorsed by APA in 2013 and incorporated in the Commission on Accreditation Standards of Accreditation (effective 2017). We subscribe to an integrated approach to both science and practice, recognizing that the focus of the internship is on the development of the skills necessary for clinical practice.

Focus of training

Internship training experiences are designed to include the following:

  • Direct service delivery to children, adolescents and families
  • Consultation to pediatric medical services
  • Community consultation (when available)
  • Observation of clinical faculty
  • Didactic seminars throughout the year
  • Professional development (e.g., grand rounds, seminars, journal club)

Each quarter of the internship is designed to build on previous experiences, with ongoing assessment of skill development and achievement of competencies. Interns have the opportunity to interact with staff members from many disciplines (e.g., social work, psychiatry, physicians and medical students/residents) and participate in institutional group events conducted at both sites.

Training is highly individualized. The growth of the intern’s individual and professional identity is a significant focus of the training program.

Interns work through the year toward the goal of independent functioning in selected areas of practice, recognizing that continued supervision may be ongoing as part of postdoctoral specialty training. Emphasis is placed on competencies in the following areas: intervention, assessment, consultation-liaison, research-based practice, multicultural diversity and professional development.

See our Competency Grid for further clarification of expected competencies for successful completion of the internship.


Key policies for applicants to review as part of their decision making include: Non-discrimination policy (See website section: Process of Selection); Due Process and Dispute Resolution PolicyEvaluation Process for Interns. All other policies and procedures will be introduced to matched interns during the orientation process, with copies provided at that time through the Training Manual.

Intern selection

Three interns are selected carefully for their commitment to psychological services for children, teens and their families. Training is provided through intensive supervision, clinical experience and didactic seminars. Although the clinical and educational demands of the internship require full-time concentration of time and energy, we encourage highly motivated interns to develop their own research project or participate in ongoing staff research when possible.

Requirements for consideration

  • 1,000 total practicum hours (minimum for intervention, assessment plus supervision)
  • 400 (minimum) hours of direct intervention plus assessment
  • Supervised child practicum experience with both intervention and assessment
  • Solid background in test administration and report writing with children/adolescents
  • Background in data-based research (must have been involved with independent empirical research)
  • History of data-based publications or scientific presentations
  • Broad-based training in clinical child/adolescent psychology
  • Exposure to empirically-supported treatments and evidence based practice
  • Course work in both child/adult psychopathology
  • Four years of graduate training prior to internship (preferred)

About Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Children’s is a 385 bed, tertiary-care, comprehensive health care provider serving the diverse needs of children, with two main hospital campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul. We are one of the largest pediatric health systems in the U.S., providing services since 1924, and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to Children from birth through young adulthood. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, we provide care at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty care clinics and 6 rehabilitation sites, through over 14,500 inpatient visits and more than 508,000 emergency room and other outpatient visits per year. Interpretive Services averages 83,000 total encounters through 61 different languages (primarily Spanish, Somali and Hmong). An award winning health system, Children’s is regularly ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a top children’s hospital, and by the Leapfrog Group for quality and efficiency. Learn more here.

Timing and deadlines

The internship begins September 1 and runs for 12 months. The current stipend is $26,000 per year including a comprehensive benefits package with two weeks of vacation, sick time, all major holidays as well as three conference/professional development days.

Application deadline: November 1, 2016, 9pm (CST)
Starting date: September 1, 2017

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