Program Availability and Eligibility Requirements


The UAMS Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Internship Training Programs in Clinical Psychology is available to graduate students who are declared candidates for the Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from graduate programs accredited by the American Psychological Association. Applicants must have completed all doctoral requirements except for the clinical internship and the dissertation, but significant progress toward completion of the dissertation is strongly encouraged. Successful defense of the dissertation proposal is required for interview.

Interns must meet the following criteria for acceptance into our program:

  • Application from APA accredited doctoral program in Clinical Psychology (preferred) or Counseling Psychology
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Comprehensive exams passed (if applicable)
  • Admitted to doctoral candidacy in graduate program
  • Successful defense of Dissertation Proposal
  • Submission of the AAPI (including program director’s endorsement)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vita
  • Official transcript of graduate work
  • Prefer completion of dissertation by internship start
  • Minimum of 1,000 clock hours of total practicum experiences (Intervention, Assessment, and Supervision)
  • Minimum of three years of pre-internship graduate training

Post-application requirements:

  • Personal interview
  • Successful completion of the intern matching program

Post-matching requirements:

  • Pass criminal background checks by Arkansas State Police and FBI, including fingerprinting
  • Pass pre-employment drug screen (Interns also subject per UAMS policy to random drug screens during internship)

In addition to these formal requirements, our training committee prides itself on providing a supportive and responsive training environment. Thus, we seek applicants who are well-trained, competent, and good team players who are able to work cooperatively with others and who contribute to a healthy and supportive work atmosphere.


The internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any applicant prior to Uniform Notification Day. We participate in the APPIC Internship Matching Program.

We contact applicants to schedule a telephone or on-site interview following receipt of all materials. Applicants will be notified by December 15 if they will not be considered for a position. Interviews are scheduled in December and January.

Current stipend is approximately $30,022 plus the fringe benefit package. Stipends are determined each year in the University of Arkansas Medical College annual budget.

Fringe Benefits

Psychology Interns are considered Medical School House Staff and participate in all fringe benefits allotted to Medical Interns and Residents as set forth by UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. These include, but are not limited to, paid professional liability insurance coverage, paid hospitalization insurance policy for the intern, plus benefits at nominal cost for dependents. Interns also receive the following:

No eligible person will be excluded from participation or be denied the benefits of this Internship Training Program in Clinical Psychology on the grounds of gender, race, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation.

UAMS clinical staff, including all trainees, are subject to pre-employment drug testing as part of the hiring process and are also subject to random urine testing for drugs of abuse during their employment. Interns who are matched to our site can complete pre-employment screening upon arrival for the internship year or after matching but prior to arrival in Little Rock. Contact the training director for details.