Department of Psychiatry

Internship in Clinical Psychology

Internship Admissions, Support,
and Initial Placement Data

(Updated 11/28/2017)

Application: To apply, submit the APPIC Application for Psychological Internship with graduate transcripts by December of the current year. Letters of recommendation may be submitted, but are not required. Section B of the Authorization for Security Background and Sanction Check Form will need to be completed ONLY if you are invited for an interview. It does NOT need to be submitted with the AAPI.

Internship Program Admissions: The Clinical Psychology Internship is a generalist program with opportunities for emphasis in one of three different clinical domains: Psychodynamic, Forensic, and Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. Thus, in order to be a good fit with this internship, an applicant should have a primary interest in developing a strong, general foundation for Clinical and/or Counseling Psychology. Secondarily, a strong candidate for the Internship should have a specific interest in one or more of the clinical domains represented by our tracks. Please see general applicant requirements stated below.

General Applicant Requirements:
  • Enrollment in an APA-or CPA-accredited program
  • Dissertation proposal completed by the start of internship
  • Experience with both adult and child patients is preferred but not required
  • There are no minimum intervention or assessment hour requirements

Interview Policy: An in-person interview is encouraged, but not required. We are pleased to have you visit with us or correspond by e-mail. Please be advised that if you are asked to come for an interview, we will ask you to either supply us with a photograph or we will take one of you on the day of the interview. The photograph will only be used to help faculty accurately recall each applicant and are in no way used for decision-making or evaluation.

Each student is appointed as an Intern in Clinical Psychology by the Department of Psychiatry. The appointment is for the 12-month training period from July l to June 30.
The stipend and fringe benefits are outlined, below:
  • Stipend - $23,000
  • Fringe Benefits
    1. Paid medical benefits (for Interns only). Interns are given the option to purchase additional insurance for married partner, domestic partner (with Declaration of Informal Marriage documentation), and/or children
    2. Paid vacation (12 days)
    3. Personal leave (3 days)
    4. Sick leave (12 days)
    5. Paid malpractice insurance (you must be a student affiliate of the American Psychological Association).

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, the program will allow interns to take unpaid leave in excess of their personal and sick leave balances. It should be noted that these circumstances may extend your internship year to accommodate for APA required training hours. Situations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

As noted earlier, intensive supervision is an important element of this program. In addition to being assigned supervisors for each clinical assignment, Interns have a preceptor whose duty it is to help maintain the student's orderly progression through the training year.

Interns are also asked to evaluate the program and do so at the end of each rotation and at the year's end. Additionally, they rotate to attend meetings of the Psychology Internship Training Committee, a body which meets monthly to review and discuss training issues. Hence, there is ample opportunity for student input to the program throughout the training year.

At the beginning of each rotation, each intern and preceptor develop specific training goals for the first few months and for the year. Every three months, after input from the training faculty and their preceptees, preceptors develop a detailed evaluation of the resident, reviewing performance along a number of key dimensions and make suggestions for pertinent learning experiences. The final evaluation is submitted to the trainee's graduate department.

A trainee's year at the University of Texas Health at San Antonio is very busy. Work activities typically extend beyond 40 hours, with a 45- to 55-hour week being the more common experience. The work consists of demanding clinical assignments, which provide the interns with a genuinely gratifying opportunity for professional growth.

We arrange for twelve (12) days of vacation during the year and expect that interns will split vacation days between rotations. In addition, we may allow five (5) administrative days for conference attendance, etc.
If invited for an interview, applicants for our internship program must clear a screening process to ensure that they are not listed by a federal agency as excluded, suspended, or otherwise ineligible for participation in federal programs. The University of Texas Health at San Antonio will perform the screening at no cost to interns. A drug screen and/or immunizations may be required by a training site.

Initial Placement Data

Initial Post-Internship Positions 2014-2017
Total # of interns who were in the last 3 cohorts (2014-2017) 32
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 2
PD=Post-doctoral residency position; EP=Employed Position PD EP
Community Mental Health Center 4 n/a
Federally Qualified Health Center n/a n/a
Independent Primary Care Facility/Clinic n/a n/a
University Counseling Center n/a 1
Veterans Affairs Medical Center 5 n/a
Military Health Center n/a n/a
Academic Health Center n/a n/a
Other Medical Center or Hospital 3 n/a
Psychiatric Hospital n/a n/a
Academic University/Department 5 1
Community College or Other Teaching Setting n/a n/a
Independent Research Institution n/a n/a
Correctional Facility 3 2
School District/System n/a n/a
Independent Practice Setting 6 n/a
Not Currently Employeed 2 n/a
Change to Another Field n/a n/a
Other n/a n/a
Unknown n/a n/a