Department : Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2207
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Fargo VA Health Care System
Department: Psychology
Address: 2101 Elm St. N
Fargo, North Dakota 58102
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 230 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area
Phone: 800-410-9723x3125
Fax: 701-237-2642
Training Director Email:
Co-Training Director Email:
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Jessica Dathe
Chief Psychologist: Teresa Imholte
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 16
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 07/14/2025
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: 33891
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Eleven federal holidays, as well as other unplanned federal holidays when authorized; malpractice coverage; research time; access to medical library and statistical/research resources; free computer access; free parking and facility gym membership; potential eligibility for Child Care Subsidy Program, dental and vision insurance.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical work day varies greatly based on an intern's training goals and interests. We are very flexible in arranging training plans to best meet each of intern's interests and goals. Further information regarding possible major rotations and adjunctive experiences can be found on our website.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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: 11/20/2024 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/15/2024
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

A subgroup of applicants are offered interviews in January to allow an opportunity to learn more about our training site. Interviewing options for the 2025-2026 cohort will be completed virtually. That being said, we strongly encourage questions about the Fargo area, which truly is a great place to live and work!

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: Yes
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
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 start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 250
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 30
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Does your program require applicants to submit supplemental materials (i.e., an assessment report and/or a case/treatment summary):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not 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:
Program Description

We pride ourselves on our commitment to training, our ability to flexibly tailor each intern’s unique training experience, and our passion for teaching and supervision. Our program is extremely collaborative in nature, and involves frequent consultation among interns and psychology staff. A number of our staff are former doctoral interns of our program, demonstrating the supportive environment and exceptional workplace.

Doctoral trainees at the Fargo VA are able to choose their own rotation placements from among five major rotations and additional minor rotations to create an expansive and dynamic training experience tailored specifically to their unique training goals and interests. Interns are also able to obtain exceptional training in our well established telehealth program, including group therapy offerings via clinical video telehealth to home.

Over the last six years, the Fargo VA has consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation for best places to work in the VA. As one of the largest medical centers in the Fargo-Moorhead area, our hospital is large enough that each intern has opportunities to work with diverse departments, yet small enough that our interns report feeling like they are part of each interdisciplinary team with whom they consult. Interns are able to obtain a breadth of clinical skills, and quality training in rural mental health care. Assessment, consultation, diversity and evidenced based care are also emphasized, offering a very dynamic training year.

Please reference our internship website and brochure for a comprehensive overview, as well as to feel free to contact us with any questions!


Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
People without housing: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Exposure (1% to 20%)
Other: Telepsychology


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

Moral injury/adaptive disclosure related treatment for PTSD, community engagement events

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 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications: 56 33 29 22 29 35 23
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 40 28 27 19 25 27 22
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 3 2 3 1 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 2 2 2 2 2 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 1 1 1 1 1 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2022-2023 2023-2024
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0 0
Consortium: 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 2 0
Psychiatric facility: 0 0
Correctional facility: 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0
School district/system: 0 0
Independent practice setting: 1 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0 0
Link to Program's Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data: