Doctoral Internship in Clinical & Community Psychology

Program Overview

The Yale Experience will change you professionally — and personally.

The Psychology Section within the Yale Department of Psychiatry offers one of the nation’s premier internships in clinical and community psychology, developing the next generation of leaders in this field. Over 15 students are accepted annually to this program, which has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1970.

Interns in this program are referred to as "psychology fellows" and train in one of the world’s most vibrant academic medical centers where the emphasis is on state of the art clinical care, professional education, and research. The fellows have access to an enormous range of medical school and university resources.

The internship begins on July 1 and concludes on June 30 of each academic year.

Program Goals & Objectives

The training program has three overarching goals:

Goal 1: Provide a doctoral internship of exceptional quality that combines intensive and diverse professional experiences, supervision and mentoring from a skilled faculty, highly interactive seminars, and opportunities for scholarship.

Goal 2: Foster the development among fellows of an intermediate level of competency in the program’s core competencies.

Goal 3: Promote the career development of fellows, facilitating an informed choice about their next steps professionally.



The philosophy of this Doctoral Internship in Clinical & Community Psychology is built on six core elements: a scientist-practitioner model of training; evidence-based teaching approaches; diversity; a nurturing community; professional development; and continuous quality improvement.


Placement Sites

Internship training occurs within the Connecticut Mental Health Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and the Yale Stress Center. Doctoral fellows are based in one of these organizations and select from among 11 differing placements.



All doctoral fellows meet together weekly for a 2½ hour Core Seminar that covers a diverse range of topics taught by the best educators within the university community. This is complemented by seminars within the placement sites that emphasize knowledge and skills necessary to work with the populations served and clinical and consultative approaches used within the site.



Yale faculty members are leaders within the fields of mental health and addictions, and within the discipline of psychology. There are over 200 psychologists on the faculty of the Yale Department of Psychiatry. Many of these serve within the internship program as advisors, supervisors, seminar, leaders, and lecturers.


Wages & Benefits

The stipend for the 2016-2017 internship year will be $29,000. Fellows receive fully paid healthcare coverage through Yale Health for themselves, spouses, same-sex partners joined through civil union, and children. There also is an option to purchase coverage through a number of alternative private health insurance plans at an additional charge. Four weeks of paid leave is also provided.


Yale University is located in New Haven, Connecticut, on the coast of Long Island Sound just under 2 hours northeast of New York City and 2½ hours southwest of Boston. This is a lively New England community that offers diverse residential areas and housing options for individuals and families, as well as many opportunities for outdoor recreation, dining, theatre, music and an extensive array of university- sponsored events.

How to Apply

Applicants to the doctoral training program must be enrolled in an APA or CPA accredited doctoral training program in clinical, counseling, or community psychology. The program participates in the APPIC match. Candidates complete the APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI), a standardized application for use by students who are applying to internship programs.


Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Phone: (202) 336-5979; E-mail: