Internship Admissions, Support and Initial Placement Data

Date Program Tables are updated: September 1

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Internship Program Admissions 

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 academia preparation requirements:

Applicants for our four doctoral internship positions must be from APA accredited counseling or clinical programs, have completed at least three years of graduate training, have at least 400 AAPI intervention hours, a grand total of 1000 AAPI practicum hours, and have completed their comprehensive exams by the ranking deadline. The applicant must have completed a course in supervision or its equivalent. Candidates without a supervision course will be considered, but they may be asked to complete directed readings prior to the start of internship if matched with us. We prefer that the applicant’s dissertation proposal be accepted by the doctoral committee prior to the ranking deadline, but this is not a requirement. If you have questions regarding these criteria, you are welcome to contact the  interim training director, Margaret Cowles (515) 294-5056 or email at

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 HoursYesHours: 400
Total Direct Contact Assessment HoursNoHours: n/a
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicantsn/a

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year (2023-2024)
Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns$37,000
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Internsn/a
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided:
Trainee contribution to cost required?No
Coverage of family member(s) available?Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available?Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available?Yes
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)24 vacation days
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave16 sick days
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: SCS Interns are full-time university professional staff appointed for one year. Salaries are paid from the general university budget, and all benefits available to full time professional staff are included. In addition to FICA, these benefits include health and dental insurance, long-term library loan, 5 professional leave days for the year, nine days for University Holidays, access to many university facilities, personal computers and video system in a private office.

(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding Three Cohorts)

Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts13
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree0
Community mental health center02
Federally qualified health center00
Independent primary care facility/clinic00
University counseling center61
Veterans Affairs medical center00
Military health center00
Academic health center00
Other medical center or hospital00
Psychiatric hospital00
Academic university/department00
Community college or other teaching setting00
Independent research institution10
Correctional facility00
School district/system00
Independent practice setting03
Not currently employed00
Changed to another field00

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.