Program Information: University Counseling Service

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1247
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of Iowa
Department: University Counseling Service
Address: UCS
3223 Westlawn South
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1100
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 225 miles west of Chicago
Phone: 319-335-7294x
Fax: 319-335-7298x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • University Counseling Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Julie Corkery
Chief Psychologist: Barry Schreier
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 8
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 08/08/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 30250
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 00
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): University Retirement Benefit Individual dental Insurance for intern only UCS Contribution to Family Health insurance benefits (same as for licensed clinical staff) Support staff answer telephones, receive clients, and score repeated measures symptom checklists on behalf of interns and their clients. Additionally, they assist with scheduling. Interns also have access to IT Support that is provided for the Division of Student Life employees.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The UCS is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and most staff members, including interns, are present during the majority of open office hours Most days include a one-hour lunch break. Some clinical documentation, reading, and seminar preparation takes place outside these hours, as do a few outreach programs a year. Many activities are weekly, so no day is alike. Regular activities include receipt of individual and group supervision, weekly process therapy group, provision of individual therapy for approx. 13 assigned clients weekly, approx. three of which relate to the intern's clinical emphasis. In addition, interns generally conduct four intake/ clinical consultation appointments weekly. Starting in July, 2021 the UCS staff and trainees will provide telehealth and in-person services from their offices onsite.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/05/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2022
Interview process description:


Candidates for the 2022-23 internship class will be invited to interview via Zoom.  Two interviewers will conduct the formal part of the interview.  Interviewers will ask about competencies, experiences, and interests. This part of the interview will last ~45 minutes.

We also offer a Zoom meeting with our current interns in mid-January.  

We will send email invitations for interviews by December 15. Invited candidates will be asked to call us by December 22 to make specific arrangements.


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 0
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: Background check is completed for all University employees
Program Description

Scientist-practitioner training model in health service psychology.  Strong focus is on counseling skill, especially in brief therapy.  Central emphasis is on developing skills in the establishment and maintenance of professional working alliances.  Interns are trained in evidence-based practices. Interns provide some longer-term individual therapy, and they facilitate therapy groups. Assessment training focuses on interview assessment; however, completion of one therapeutic assessment / testing report is required.  Trainers are diverse in gender, sexual orientation, language, race, ethnicity, and religion, as well as theoretical orientation. Trainers have worked to establish an inclusive organization in which differences in people, including our colleagues, trainees, and clients are prized, and in which we take actions based on social justice. Staff members are committed to provide ethical, multiculturally competent services and training.

Each intern selects an area of outreach emphasis, with a focus on a selected population or setting. Each intern has clinical emphasis and supervisor also.  During the spring semester, each intern provides clinical supervision for a doctoral student in counseling psychology. Interns participate in Group Supervision of Supervision and meet individually with a supervisor-of-supervision each week. Other seminars and group supervision experiences include Relational Cultural Therapy, Evidence-based Treatment Approaches (e.g., DBT, Group Psychotherapy), Diversity Seminar, Program and Consultation Services Seminar, Professional Issues Seminar, and Group Supervision of Assessment.

Each intern receives two hours of primary clinical supervision weekly.  Additionally, they receive one hour of supervision that is associated with the intern's clinical emphasis.  Each intern's clinical emphasis entails six hours weekly that is devoted to the development of specialized skill. Options have included Relational Cultural Therapy, Treatment of Eating Disorders, Serving Student Athletes, and Services to Mandarin-speaking Students.  Although some changes may occur in the range of options available, based on supervisory staff members' expertise, the menu will be similar.  The menu may expand, again, based on staff members' areas of expertise.

Each intern also selects an outreach mentorship and focus.  The mentorships focus on student populations or settings within the University.  Likely options include Residence Life, student athletes, Collegiate Recovery, Social Media, and Suicide Prevention.  In each of the mentorships, the intern completes an informal organization consultation process.  They assess a need, develop and deliver an intervention, and evaluate their effectiveness.  Social justice considerations and actions, as well as knowledge from the evidence base, are integrated into the process.  Although there may be some changes in the range of options available, based on supervisory staff members' expertise, the menu will be similar.  The menu may expand based on staff members' areas of expertise and depth of relationship staff members have established with other collaborative units.


Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 48 45 50 50
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 30 30 40 30
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 2 3 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 1 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 1 1 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 2 2 3
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 7 1 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 11 21 16 1
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 2 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 2 1 0 2 1
University Teaching Faculty: 0 1 0 0 1
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 1 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0