Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Internship Program Admissions

The WFUCC APA-Accredited Psychology Internship Program currently offers two one-year full-time internship positions to doctoral students in counseling or clinical psychology programs.

Date Program Tables are updated: 8/12/2020
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:
A number of sources of information are used to assess candidates for the internship, including the written application, letters of recommendation, and a statement of professional goals. Video interviews are also a part of the application process, and are scheduled by invitation. Selections are made without discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, age, ability, sexual/affectional orientation, or veteran status. In addition to the application criteria listed below, qualities valued by the WFUCC Psychology Internship Program and are desired in internship applicants include:

  • Goals and interests that align with the philosophy and aims of the training program,
  • Self-motivation and self-direction,
  • Openness to learn and develop throughout the training year,
  • Willingness to examine own intersecting identities and cultural values, and to reflect on feelings and reactions to clients, and
  • Willingness to make mistakes and to learn from the challenges they bring.
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 Y Amount: 400 required; 500 preferred
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours N Amount: 50 preferred
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for an internship at the WFUCC:

  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in either clinical or counseling psychology,
  • Successful completion of comprehensive exams prior to applying to the internship program,
  • Completion of all required doctoral coursework and practica prior to the internship start date,
  • Formal approval of doctoral dissertation proposal prior to the start date of the internship,
  • Certification of readiness to begin internship from the applicant’s doctoral program, and
  • Demonstration of genuinely strong interest in counseling center work.

Note: International students currently enrolled at universities within the U.S., and who are able to obtain work authorization from the institution currently sponsoring their visa status, are eligible to apply.

The WFUCC Psychology Internship Program requires all clinical staff, including psychology interns, live within an approximately 45 minute radius of the university as part of the after-hours on-call rotation service.

In addition to education and training requirements and preferences specified above, WFUCC Psychology Internship requires that matched interns complete a pre-employment screening, conducted by the Office of Human Resources, including a drug test and background check. As a drug free workplace, we do not tolerate the use of drugs that are not prescribed by a physician or are illegal in the state of North Carolina, including marijuana. Criminal background checks are reviewed to determine eligibility for employment. Failure to satisfactorily complete the pre-employment screening will result in termination of the match agreement.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year (2021-2022) 

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns 35,568
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided:  
Trainee contribution to cost required? Yes
Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available? No
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) 187.5 (Combined PTO/Sick)
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave 187.5 (Combined PTO/Sick)
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
Other Benefits:  Interns are not required to work on the approximately 13 University-observed, paid holidays ( Interns receive a University ID which allows them access to the WFU Library to check out materials as needed.  Interns also have membership at the university recreational center (for a fee), access to many cultural and social events on campus, use of the campus shuttle bus, and access to dining facilities on campus. Interns are also entitled to purchase a parking permit.  Transportation will deduct the cost monthly, pre-tax, from employees’ checks if they prefer.  More information on University provided benefits can be found at:

As staff members of the UCC, interns will be allotted generous professional development funds to attend conferences and trainings during the internship year.  Interns are assigned office space and clerical support equivalent to other full-time professional staff.  This includes private, fully-furnished offices, a laptop computer, and internet access, in addition to access to a library of assessment instruments and therapy materials.  The UCC uses Titanium for scheduling and clinical notes, and all interns have access to Titanium on their laptops along with other campus computing resources.  All offices are equipped with a panic button that alerts University Police in the event of an emergency.

Initial Post-Internship Positions (2017-2020) 


Total number of interns who were in the three cohorts 4
Total number of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 1
Type of Placement Setting Post-Doctoral Residency Position Employed Position
Community Mental Health Center 0 0
Federally Qualified Health Center 0 0
Independent Primary Care Facility/Clinic 0 0
University Counseling Center 1 1
Veterans Affairs Medical Center 1 0
Military Health Center 0 0
Academic Health Center 0 0
Other Medical Center or Hospital 0 0
Psychiatric Hospital 0 0
Academic University/ Department 0 0
Community College or Other Teaching Setting 0 0
Independent Research Institution 0 0
Correctional Facility 0 0
School District/System 0 0
Independent Practice Setting 0 0
Not Currently Employed 0 0
Changed to Another Field 0 0
Other 0 0
Unknown 0 0