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Internship Overview

The St. Louis Psychology Internship Consortium has a long tradition (since 1956) of providing high-quality clinical training in inpatient and outpatient treatment settings.  Training competent, generalist, entry- level heath service psychologists who are prepared to work in a variety of professional settings is the primary purpose of the St. Louis Psychology Internship Consortium.  Our intention is that upon the completion of their internship year, our graduates will have acquired essential professional skills and will be well-qualified, highly desirable candidates for appointments in a variety of postdoctoral training programs and clinical settings.   We are very proud of our internship program and of our intern graduates.  Our alumni have distinguished themselves in a wide variety of settings including medical schools, academia, and inpatient and outpatient practice settings, and many graduates hold leadership positions in the field.

The internship is sponsored by four Joint Commission-accredited inpatient mental health facilities operated under the auspices of the Missouri Department of Mental Health, two outpatient mental health clinics operated under the auspices of the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and at the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital (inpatient and outpatient; also Joint Commission-accredited).  The inpatient facilities serve child, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations; these facilities are Hawthorn Children’s Psychiatric Hospital (HCPH), Metropolitan St. Louis Psychiatric Center (MPC), St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center (SLPRC), SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital (SSM-CG), and Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services (SORTS).  The outpatient clinics at the University of Missouri – St. Louis consist of the Center for Behavioral Health (CBH), serving children, adults, couples and families, and Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (CASGSL) serving children with trauma histories and their non-offending parents.   Interns rotate to three of five Core rotation sites and one of three Adjunct sites.

The Psychology staff maintains a strong commitment to the training of interns and makes every effort to provide an enriching experience within an atmosphere of mutual respect and professionalism. We strive to achieve a good balance between serving the clinical needs of the populations served by the Consortium sites and appreciating the training process. This perspective is reflected in the quality and quantity of supervision that has characterized the program over the years.  Interns work with a minimum of four clinical supervisors over the course of the year, representing a range of theoretical orientations and areas of specialty.  Interns shadow their supervisors and/or provide clinical services (groups, assessments, consultations to treatment teams, presenting in rounds, etc.) alongside their supervisor at all sites, allowing for a first-hand view of various models of professional engagement. 

We are committed to creating and maintaining a positive, welcoming and inclusive training atmosphere that embraces diversity.  We strive to promote a climate of respect and appreciation for the uniqueness that every individual brings and an affirming environment where all psychology interns feel supported to reach their training goals.  We believe that diversity of perspectives and backgrounds enriches us all.  Further, our program is committed to training interns to provide culturally sensitive intervention and assessment services.

Interns will engage in a variety of activities throughout the rotations, including, but not limited to, individual, group and family therapies along with testing, interviewing, treatment planning, treatment team consultations, and/or milieu interventions. Weekly intern breakfasts are scheduled during work hours to facilitate group cohesion and create the opportunity for informal discussion of ongoing experiences and professional development.


We offer five (5) full-time, salaried internship positions. The internship program is a 12-month commitment, beginning the first week of August. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 40 hours per week to complete the training program.


A typical workweek for an intern includes the following:

  • Core Rotation (at CBH, HCPH, FTC-N, FTC-S, or SSM-CG) – 4 days/week
  • Adjunct Rotation (at CASGSL, CBH, or SORTS) – 1 day/week
  • Didactic Seminars – 2 hours/week
  • Intern Breakfast Group – 1 hour/week