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Internship Admissions, Support, & Initial Placement Data

Internship Program Admissions

* The Counseling Center at UMBC does not accept internship applications for 2022-2023.  Below is the description for the 2021-2022 internship *

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 UMBC Counseling Center values diversity and encourages applicants of diverse ethnic, racial, age, religious, sexual orientation, and other backgrounds to apply. Successful applicants have a strong interest in working with young adults and college student mental health, particularly within a highly multi-culturally diverse setting. They are typically interested in increasing their breadth of knowledge and clinical experience not only in individual and group counseling, but also in outreach, consultation, and supervision. Most have an interest in working in a university counseling center after graduation, although past interns have gone on to careers in other settings as well. It is strongly preferred that applicants have clinical experience in a college counseling setting, although we will consider those with relevant experience if a strong case is made for why the applicant is interested in such an internship.

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:

Minimum Hours Requirements:
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours Yes 375
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours No N/A

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.
  • Academic coursework and preparation in accordance with APA accreditation standards.
  • All required coursework completed prior to the start of internship.
  • Successful completion of doctoral comprehensive exams.
  • Successful submission of dissertation proposals.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year

The annual stipend for Doctoral Psychology Interns is $35,568. Interns are classified as Contingent I employees for the State of Maryland and are eligible for the university health care/benefits package. If significant changes in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act are implemented in the future, interns will most likely be reclassified as Visiting Graduate Students.

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns $35,568
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns: N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided Yes
Trainee contribution to cost required? Yes
Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available? Yes
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) 120 hours together
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave
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
Other Benefits
Administrative Leave* 40 hours
Professional Development Leave 40 hours
Professional Development Fund $300
Prescription Insurance (separate from Medical Insurance) Yes
Dental Insurance No
Term Life Insurance No
Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance No

* Interns (and other staff members) are strongly encouraged to take time off outside of the regular semesters. Interns are expected to take 5 administrative days at the end of internship to allow Counseling Center staff transition time between internship cohorts. Interns need to be mindful of the minimum 2000 hour internship requirement when considering how to use their Personal Time Off (PTO) days. All PTO must be approved by the Training Director and will take into account clinical demands of the Counseling Center.

Initial Post-Internship Positions*


2017 – 2020
Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 9
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0
Postdoc Employed
Community mental health center  0  1
Federally qualified health center  0  0
Independent primary care facility/clinic  0  0
University counseling center  1  3
Veterans Affairs medical center  0  0
Military health center  0  0
Academic health center  0  0
Other medical center or hospital  0  0
Psychiatric hospital  1  0
Academic university/department  1  1
Community college or other teaching setting  0  0
Independent research institution  0  0
Correctional facility  0  0
School district/system  0  0
Independent practice setting  0  1
Not currently employed  0  0
Changed to another field  0  0
Other  0  0
Unknown  0  0

*Note: The setting represents their primary position.

Initial update: 5/4/2017

Recent update: 8/30/21