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Psychology Internship FAQ

  • What is a typical work week like for a Psychology intern?
    Interns work a maximum of 40 hours per week, typically being on-site from approximately 8am or 9am to 4pm 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 postdoctoral fellowship positions available annually. Currently, there are pediatric and adult postdoctoral positions available in neuropsychology in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology. Two postdoctoral fellowships in Autism are also available, and one postdoctoral position is available in Adult Health Psychology. Others that may be available, depending on funding for the 2021-22 year, include Integrated Care and Pediatric Pain.
  • What benefits are included? Are spouses and children included?
    Interns receive a stipend which will be at least $25,000 for the 2019-20 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 Indiana University School of Medicine and is entitled to nine paid university holidays and an additional 15 paid time off (PTO) Days as part of the training year. Three professional days are also included as part of the internship program.
  • How many internship positions are available?
    A total of seven internship positions are available for the 2020-21 year. Three positions will be in the Autism Track, two positions in the Child/ Pediatric Track one position in the Adult/ Health Psychology and one position in the Integrated Care Track.
  • What is the cost of living in Indianapolis?
    Living in Indianapolis is very affordable. The city was named one of the most affordable housing markets, with over 90 in a cost of living index.
  • 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, 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. The Georgetown Integrated Care site is approximately a 15-20 minute drive from downtown.
  • Who do I contact for more questions?
    Please contact program coordinator, Rita Roush:

    355 W. 16th Street
    Goodman Hall, Suite 2800
    Indianapolis, IN, 46202
    rjroush@iu.edu
    Office: 317-963-7308
    Fax: 317-963-7325