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Psychology Internship FAQ

  • What is a typical work week like for a Psychology intern?
    Interns work 40-45 hours per week, typically being on-site from approximately 8:00 am or 9am to 4:00 pm or 5pm, Monday through Friday. This estimate includes all core and elective rotations, meetings, administrative activities and didactics. The internship faculty value, balance and support the notion that interns have commitments, interests and activities outside of work. The internship is a one-year full-time (2,000 hour) program and must include a minimum of 500 patient contact hours.
  • Are interns expected to work on the weekends?
    No, interns are not on-call or expected to work at night or on the weekends. Interns are only expected to respond to patient emergencies during the workday. Psychiatry residents, fellows and faculty cover call for evenings and weekends.
  • Are postdoc positions available upon graduation from the Psychology Internship Program?
    Yes, there are post-doctoral fellowship positions available annually. Currently, there are pediatric and adult post-doctoral positions available in neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology. Two post-doctoral fellowships in Autism are available, and one post-doctoral position is available in Adult Health Psychology. Others that may be available, depending on funding for the 2025-2026 year, include Pediatric GI and Pediatric Pain.
  • What benefits are included? Are spouses and children included?
    Interns receive a stipend of $35,568 for the 2024-2025 training year. Benefits offered at no cost to interns include: health insurance for the intern and family members, life insurance, disability insurance, malpractice coverage, vision and dental insurance and on-campus parking. This package of benefits, fully funded by the internship program, is worth up to $10,500. Each intern is appointed to the House Staff of IU School of Medicine and is entitled to 10 paid university holidays and an additional 20 PTO Days (paid time off) as part of the training year.
  • How many internship positions are available?
    Ten internship positions in seven tracks are available for the 2023-2024 year. One position will be in Autism, three in Child/ Pediatric, one in Child/Autism, three in Adult Health, one in Addictions and one position in Pediatric Neuropsychology.
  • What is the cost of living in Indianapolis?
    Living in Indianapolis is very affordable. The intern stipend exceeds what has been identified as a living wage for one person living in Indianapolis.
  • What is the theoretical orientation of the Psychology faculty at IU School of Medicine?
    The theoretical orientation of the faculty is diverse, including behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, including 3rd wave interventions, multimodal and interpersonal.
  • How far apart are the rotation sites?
    The Neuroscience Center, Indiana University Hospital Clinics, Riley Hospital for Children and the Pediatric Care Center (PCC) are all located on the 500-acre campus of Indiana University and Purdue University (IUPUI) in downtown Indianapolis. University Hospital, Riley Hospital and the PCC are within walking distance of each other on campus. The Neuroscience Center (Goodman Hall) is connected to the campus by way of free shuttles, a 10-minute drive, or a 15- to 20-minute walk. The IU Health North – Meridian Crossing location is approximately a 30-minute drive from downtown. Efforts are made to minimize days in which interns must travel between the northside and downtown locations.
  • Who do I contact for more questions?
    Please email the Training Director, Ann Lagges, PhD.