Psychology internship expectations and responsibilities

The University of Nevada, Reno Psychology Doctoral Internship is a 2,000 hour experience, with the expectation of at least 500 hours of direct service activities. Interns gain experience through a wide range of activities some of which will be negotiated individually by each trainee based on their interest areas and the needs of the center.

The doctoral internship in professional psychology includes these components: 


Direct service
  • Intake/initial consultation assessments
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Group counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Psychological testing and report writing
  • Clinical supervision of a therapist in training
  • Outreach and consultation
Training activities

Training Seminars include: developing multicultural competencies, intern case conference/consultations, supervision of supervision, and clinical/professional issues seminar. Additionally, training seminars will include didactics such as: brief therapy, crisis/suicidal/at-risk clients, professional ethics, mindfulness and eating disorders.

Three hours of regularly scheduled individual supervision and two hours of regularly scheduled group supervision will be provided per week. Other regularly scheduled activities include training and practice in psychological assessment, our weekly staff meeting, outreach, multidisciplinary consultation, preparation and administrative time for documentation, dissertation research time/professional development time.

Specialty emphasis areas are available depending on intern interests, available staff with focuses in these areas, and center needs. Examples include, but are not limited to: GLBTQI populations, diversity and multicultural counseling, psychological testing, eating disorder treatment, sport psychology consulting, group counseling, behavioral health/integrated care, outcome evaluation and research or supervision and training.

Training year and benefits

We will offer three positions for the 2020-2021 internship year.

The internship is 40 hours/week starting August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021. The stipend is $35,568 plus benefits, paid monthly. Interns also receive 11 university holidays and 10 annual leave days, 10 sick days and professional development leave. The timing of leave is subject to approval of the Training Director. All interns will have a private office with a computer, webcam for videotaping and library privileges.

General schedule of activities and expectations

Below are sample tables of Direct and Indirect Service activities psychology interns might be expected to complete on a weekly basis during their internship. The maximium and minimum hours within each category and actual schedule may vary week to week. Interns generally will not work over 42 hours per week (this is why minimum and maximum hours do not equal 35-45.5 and 36-48.5 per week, respectively).

Total hours for psychology internships
Fall Hours Spring Hours
39 to 40.5 39 to 41.5

Direct Service

Sample Direct Service hours for psychology internship positions
Activity Fall Hours Spring Hours
Individual Therapy / Intake-initial consultations 9 to 12 11 to 14
Walk-in Consultation (aka Urgent Care) (Crisis Walk-ins) 1 1
Assessment 0 to 2 0 to 2
Outreach 0.5 0.5
Group Counseling 1 to 2 1 to 2
Supervision Provided n/a 1
Total Direct Service 12.5 to 17.5 15.5 to 21.5

Indirect Service

Sample Indirect Service hours for psychology internship positions
Activity Fall Hours Spring Hours
Indirect Service
Client Consultation Meeting 1 1
Staff Meeting 1 1
Group Counseling Debriefing Supervision 0.5 to 1 0.5 to 1
Supervision Received - Individual 3 3
Supervision Received - Assessment 1 1
Supervision Received - Group 2 2
Supervision Received - Sup of Sup --- 1.5
Training Seminar 2 2
Professional Development (dissertation, research) 2 2
Documentation, Phone/Emails, Preparation, Report Writing 11 to 15 9 to 13