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Internship Program Admissions

Program Date Tables are updated annual by May 1 every year. (reviewing previous 3 cohorts)

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:

The applicant to Samaritan Health Services Psychology Internship Program (SHSPI) must be in good standing with their clinical, neuropsychology, or health psychology program (Copies of transcripts must be submitted for review). They must have been admitted to doctoral candidacy and have submission of an approved dissertation topic to the intern’s dissertation committee. All comprehensive exams must be completed by the ranking deadline.

Applicants must have a breadth of previous clinical experience, with more weight given to those at an advanced level. Requirements include a minimum of 50 assessment hours and a minimum of 350 intervention hours regardless of track. However, preference is given to applicants based on the track they are applying to. For the health psychology track, preference will be given to applicants with 500 hours of direct intervention experience. For the neuropsychology track, preference will be given to applicants with 250 hours of assessment experience and 15 completed comprehensive neuropsychology reports. Our program also understands that hours may have been affected by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. If you have specific questions regarding hours, please feel free to contact us with questions.

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, with at least one of them from a clinical practicum supervisor. A letter of interest is required and should demonstrate evidence of multi-cultural psychological knowledge and/or interest, or proposed contribution to program based on ethnic diversity and cultural competence from personal experience. Further the applicant should describe distinguishing characteristics, accomplishments and maturity, that separate the applicant from their peers. Finally, the applicant should provide commentary on “goodness of fit” with the described program and have a specific interest in the Pacific Northwest region.

Regarding goodness of fit, the ideal intern at SHSPIP will have worked in at least one rural practicum setting and have experience in at least one integrated care clinic or medical setting. The applicant should have at least one scientific poster accepted at a national or local conference. Applicants should demonstrate strong writing style and good self-awareness in their essays and cover letter on their application to the program.

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 No Yes Amount: 350
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours No Yes Amount: 50

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

No additional minimum requirements are utilized in rating applications to SHSPIP.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual stipend/salary for full-time interns $25,500.00
Annual stipend/salary for half-time interns N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?  Yes No
If access to medical insurance is provided:
Trainee contribution to cost required? Yes No
Coverage to family members(s) available? Yes No
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes No
Coverage of domestic partner available? Yes No
Hours of annual paid personal time off (PTO and/or vacation) 20 days PDO
Hours of annual paid sick leave 5 days OFLA
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 No

Other Benefits (please describe): Interns receive medical, dental, and vision benefits as a part of their insurance package. Interns can waive, or opt out, of Samaritan package components.

*Note. Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table

Initial Post-Internship Positions

(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)


Total number of interns who were in the three cohorts 11
Total number of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0
Community mental health center N/A N/A
Federally qualified health center N/A
Independent primary care facility/clinic 3 N/A
University counseling center N/A N/A
Veterans Affairs medical center 1 N/A
Military health center N/A N/A
Academic health center 2 N/A
Other medical center or hospital 4 N/A
Psychiatric hospital N/A
Academic university/department N/A
Community college or other teaching setting N/A N/A
Independent research institution N/A N/A
Correctional facility N/A N/A
School district/system N/A N/A
Independent practice setting 1 N/A
Not currently employed N/A
Changed to another field N/A
Other N/A
Unknown N/A


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.