Doctoral Psychology Internship Program

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Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center offers a one-year, full-time psychology internship to doctoral students in clinical, counseling, or school psychology. For the 2020-2021 training year, there will be two intern positions. The 12-month internship begins July 1, 2020.

The 2020-2021 year will be the inaugural year of the Doctoral Psychology Internship Program at DCAC. DCAC has a history of training doctoral-level practicum students and postdoctoral fellows and is looking forward to hosting a doctoral-level internship training experience. The Doctoral Psychology Internship Program is not currently APA-accredited and is not an APPIC member. We are in the process of completing an APA self-study to be submitted upon acceptance of the 2020-2021 internship class; we will also be following a similar timeline regarding our application for APPIC membership. We cannot guarantee that accreditation or membership will be granted.

Please visit Employment & Internships for other internship opportunities.

Student Internship Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must currently be enrolled in a doctoral (i.e., PhD or PsyD) program in clinical, counseling, or school psychology.
  • At this time, applicants will be considered from both APA- and non APA-accredited programs. Applicants from online programs will not be accepted.
  • Prior to the interview, if one is granted, applicants must have completed (1) at least three years of graduate coursework in their current field, (2) at least 500 hours of supervised practicum work, (3) all required doctoral course work, and (4) have successfully proposed their dissertation.
  • Applicants with previous clinical experience with children, adolescents, and families, previous clinical experience working with those with trauma histories, and those interested in child maltreatment will be the best fit for the internship program.
  • Applicants who are bilingual in English and Spanish and those underrepresented in psychology are especially encouraged to apply.

Program Description

Please download our Doctoral Psychology Internship Program brochure for a review of the program and expectations.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following information via email to the Director of Clinical Training, Elena M. Doskey, Ph.D.

  • Cover letter/letter of intent summarizing career goals and interest in the DCAC Doctoral Psychology Internship Program
  • At the end of the cover letter, please provide documentation of completed practicum hours, including the total number of intervention hours completed to-date, the total number of assessment hours completed to-date, and the total number of supervision hours completed to-date
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from the applicant’s Director of Clinical Training and two others from clinical supervisors)
  • Copy of all graduate transcripts (unofficial copies will be accepted)
  • Deidentified intake report including case conceptualization and treatment recommendations

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Training Committee. Applicants will be contacted to schedule an in-person interview as merited. Applications will continue to be accepted until the positions are filled.