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Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Internship Program Admissions

Applicants must be doctoral students enrolled in an APA-accredited graduate program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. Academic coursework and preparation must be in accordance with APA accreditation standards, and all required coursework must be completed prior to the start of internship. To be considered for the internship,  applicants should have passed their comprehensive examinations and accrued a minimum of 400 direct service hours (both assessment and intervention) prior to submitting their application. Applicants must have a minimum of 50 of their intervention hours being from a college counseling setting. Applicants must have successfully proposed their dissertations by the start of internship. Preference will be given to applicants who have at least 100 intervention hours in a university setting and who have received live or taped supervision at some point in their practicum training. The Center values diversity and encourages applicants of diverse ethnic, racial, age, religious, sexual orientation, and other backgrounds to apply.

Successful applicants have a strong interest in working with young adults and college student mental health, particularly within a highly multi-culturally diverse setting. They are typically interested in increasing their breadth of knowledge and clinical experience not only in individual and group counseling, but also in outreach, assessment, consultation, and supervision. We will consider those with relevant experience if a strong case is made for why the applicant is interested in such an internship.

Deadline for APPIC application: December 1st
Interview Notification Date: December 15th
Skype interviews only: Dates of interviews January 8th & 9th
Open House (not mandatory): January 16th from 3-5pm

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 intern applicant.

Minimum Hours Requirements

Minimum Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours 400
Minimum Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours N/A

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year


Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns $29,824
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns N/A

The annual stipend for Doctoral Psychology Interns is $29,824. Interns are identified as exempt salaried employees and do not accrue sick leave nor flex time. Interns are employed full-time (40 hours/week) for one year, and are eligible for the university health care/benefits.

University Benefits

Medical Insurance

Prescription Insurance (separate from Medical Insurance) Yes
Dental Insurance Yes
Term Life Insurance Yes
Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Yes
Trainee contribution to cost required? Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available? Yes
Coverage of family members available? Yes
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
Retirement Plan (see Yes (automatic)

For details on NMSU’s benefit plans, refer to

Leave Benefits

Hours of Annual Paid Time Off 96 hours accrued (12 working days)
Paid University Holidays 14 days
Professional Development Leave 5 days (for professional conferences or dissertation defense)
Compassionate Leave (associated with death of an immediate family member) Up to 3 working days off

** Interns are strongly encouraged to plan on using annual leave for as much of the last week of July, as possible.  This block of time equals 7 business days.   This will allow interns to have enough time to transition to a new location and tend to a job start date.  Interns need to be mindful of the minimum 2000 hour internship requirement when considering how to use their annual leave. All leave requests must be approved by the Interim Director and will take into account clinical demands of the Center.

Initial Post-Internship Positions*

Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 11
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 4
Postdoc Employed
Community mental health center 1
Federally qualified health center
Independent primary care facility/clinic 1
University counseling center 1 1
Veterans Affairs medical center 1
Military health center
Academic health center
Other medical center or hospital
Psychiatric hospital
Academic university/department
Community college or other teaching setting 2
Independent research institution
Correctional facility 1
School district/system
Independent practice setting
Not currently employed 3
Changed to another field

*Note: The setting represents their primary position.