Psychology Doctoral Internship Program 

The Psychology Department of Riverview Psychiatric Center (RPC) welcomes your application to join us for your internship year. RPC provides state-of-the-art training for doctoral interns and is well suited to preparing psychologists to meet the demanding needs of an ever-evolving mental healthcare system.

The doctoral internship program offered by the department of psychology at RPC is designed to provide an intensive professional training experience in acute inpatient psychiatric care, consultation services, forensic assessment and treatment, and community re-entry programs. The primary goal of the internship is to help develop competent and skilled clinical psychologists.

RPC's internship standards are based on APPIC and APA policies and guidelines. Major rotations for all interns include acute inpatient psychiatry; psychological assessment and consultation; forensic treatment and risk assessment; group psychotherapy; and individual psychotherapy. Interns serve along with senior psychology staff as part of multi-disciplinary teams on treatment units and as colleagues in the professional activities of the department.

The internship program is individualized to meet the needs and skills of each intern and offers a potential rotation on the forensic Outpatient Services (OPS) team. Interns may also elect to participate in hospital research efforts, scholarly writing, or the development of training programs for in-service education or community presentations. In addition to Psychology Department seminars and RPC case conferences, interns participate weekly in Dartmouth Medical School Psychiatry Grand Rounds via interactive teleconferencing.

The RPC Psychology Doctoral Internship Program is Accredited by the American Psychological Association as of July 2021. The next site visit is July 2031.

Internship Details

  • The program runs for 12 consecutive months.
  • Interns are required to complete 2000 hours of training.
  • Interns work approximately 40 hours per week and receive two weeks of vacation, three personal days, and all state holidays.
  • A minimum of two hours of individual supervision and two hours of group supervision is provided weekly.
  • A stipend of $40,000 is provided.

More information is available in the RPC Internship Handbook (PDF)

Selection Criteria

We welcome applications from traditional and nontraditional students.

To be considered for Riverview Psychiatric Center’s Internship Program, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Must be a doctoral candidate in good standing enrolled in a clinical or counseling psychology program.
  • At least three years of graduate education in psychology and all required coursework for doctoral training must be completed.
  • A minimum for 500 intervention hours and 50 assessment hours.
  • Comprehensive exams must be passed.

RPC has a preference for candidates who:

  • Are enrolled in an APA-accredited clinical psychology program.
  • Have previous exposure or an interest in working with forensic populations.
  • Have experience or interest in working with an adult population who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness.
  • Have an introductory understanding of psychological test administration and report writing.
  • Self-identify as members of a historically underrepresented group in psychology.

How to Apply

Students who are interested in applying for the internship program should submit an online application through the APPIC website.