The Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) Psychology Internship Program provides high-quality clinical training and exposure to research opportunities for psychologists-in-training. The internship experience at DHMC is primarily geared toward enhancing interns' clinical knowledge and skill, and exposes its trainees to the conduct and use of psychological science to guide clinical services. We utilize a competencies-based approach to training wherein we equip our doctoral psychology interns with knowledge and skills in intervention, assessment, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, ethics, research, communication and interpersonal skills, supervision, and consultation skills. Additionally, the DHMC Psychology Internship Program provides focused training in a domain or "track." At this time, the program provides focused training in the Adult Psychology Track, Child Psychology Track, and Adult Neuropsychology Track.
Internship program admissions
Applicant requirements include a minimum of three years of graduate training prior to the commencement of internship. Successful intern applicants to the Psychology Internship Program have completed at least 600 intervention and assessment hours by the time they apply for internship. Applicants should be enrolled in an APA- or CPA-accredited doctoral program in psychology. For each track within the program (Neuropsychology track, Adult Psychology track, Child Psychology track), successful candidates will demonstrate experience and a track record of professional interest in the desired domain.
A summary of this information is provided below:
Date program tables are updated: August 23, 2021
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 DHMC Psychology Internship Program seeks to provide high-quality clinical training and research exposure to doctoral level psychologists. The Program, consistent with the scientist-practitioner model, is designed to help early-career professionals develop solid skills in both clinical practice and research. The internship experience at DHMC is primarily geared toward enhancing interns' clinical knowledge and skill, exposing trainees to the conduct and use of research in the field, and emphasizing the importance of research in clinical decision-making. The program is designed to involve interns in a specified range of core professional experiences. Interns are expected to be able to draw from the research literature to support their clinical actions, and they are expected to see ways in which service delivery issues may identify empirical questions that may be used for subsequent research ventures. An additional goal of the Dartmouth Psychology Internship Program is to provide focused training in a domain or "track." At this time, the program provides focused training in Adult Clinical Psychology, Child Clinical Psychology, and Adult Neuropsychology.
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||N||Yes||Amount: *|
|Total direct contact assessment hours||N||Yes||Amount: *|
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
- * We require a minimum of 600 hours combined across intervention and assessment hours. This combination requirement accommodates the different priorities across training tracks.
Once received, application materials are reviewed by a committee of core members of the program. We generally interview about six to eight candidates for each internship position. During the full-day interview, applicants meet with core members of the program as well as staff members from the site where the applicant has an interest in working.
Financial and other benefit support for the upcoming training year
Interns receive a stipend of $28,000 and a benefits package consistent with the resident benefit structure, including health insurance options, along with dental, vision, and disability and life insurance. Spouse and civil union partners are also eligible for these benefits. Interns are responsible for the standard resident contribution. Interns are provided with 15 days of vacation leave and five days of sick/personal leave in addition to six paid holidays (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day). There is no roll-over or accumulation of paid time off, all vacation, sick/personal and holiday comp days must be taken in the current training year. Any leave time required for extended family and medical leave will be unpaid time consistent with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which may require extension of the training year.
A summary of this information is provided below:
|Annual stipend/salary for full-time interns||$28,000|
|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 of family member(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)||22 days PTO (inc. vacation and sick leave)|
|Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave||see above|
|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|
- Access to Dartmouth College libraries and email
- Life and disability insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
Initial post-internship positions
The following table represents an aggregate of the preceding three cohorts, 2017-2020.
- Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts: 10
- Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree: 1
|Position settings||Post-doctoral residency||Employed position|
|Community mental health center||0||0|
|Federally qualified health center||0||0|
|Independent primary care facility/clinic||0||0|
|University counseling center||0||0|
|Veterans Affairs medical center||0||0|
|Military health center||0||0|
|Academic health center||7||0|
|Other medical center or hospital||0||0|
|Community college or other teaching setting||0||0|
|Independent research institution||0||0|
|Independent practice setting||1||0|
|Not currently employed||0||0|
|Changed to another field||0||0|
The internship program observes the guidelines established by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers and set forth in the APPIC MATCH POLICIES. This 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 intern applicant. The DHMC Psychology Internship Program recognizes the value of a diverse training and professional body, and encourages applications from candidates from traditionally underrepresented populations.
The DHMC Psychology Internship Program participates in the APPIC Matching Program. Applicants must obtain an Applicant Agreement Package from National Matching Services Inc. (NMS) and register for the Match in order to be eligible to match to our program. You can request an applicant Agreement package from NMS through the Matching Program website or by contacting NMS at either of the locations below:
National Matching Services Inc.
P.O. Box 1208
Lewiston, NY 14092-8208
We accept applications that are submitted electronically via the APPIC online service. Our application deadline is November 1, 2021, and your application must be complete and electronically submitted to us by that date.
Successful initiation of the internship year is contingent upon eligibility to work legally in the United States and successful completion of our pre-employment screening process. This process includes an online application, criminal background investigation, drug testing for federally controlled substances, and health screening. Information on how to complete the online application will be sent shortly after the Match date. To meet regulatory requirements you must complete your drug testing with Occupational Medicine within thirty (30) days of the date of orientation to DHMC.