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Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

(date program tables were last updated:  07/08/2019)

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:

Children’s Mercy Internship is a one year (12 month), full time internship for interns who are currently enrolled in a doctoral program accredited by America Psychological Association (APA) and in good standing with the doctoral program. We prioritize applicants who have a desire to work long-term in the area of clinical child/pediatric psychology and have prior experience working in individual/family therapy with children/adolescents. While specific types of practicum are not required, the applicant’s overall training experiences are considered in determining if the candidate is a “good fit” for our training program and if they have experiences that prepare them for an internship working with children/families in a pediatric medical center. We look for internship applicants with training in clinical or counseling PhD or PsyD programs with an emphasis in training in working with children and families. We do not currently accept applications from School Psychology Programs.

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:

Area Required? Amount
Total direct contact intervention hours Yes 300
Total direct contact assessment hours Yes 200

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

Applicants who have not met these hours’ requirements, but anticipate completing them prior to the start of internship should note that information in a cover letter as this will be taken into consideration in the overall application. 

Other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants includes completing a minimum of five integrated reports by the time of application and working with a minimum of five child/adolescent and/or family treatment cases. We do not accept part-time or unfunded interns.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year 

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns $29,534.75
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns N/A
Program provides access to health insurance for intern? Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided  
Trainee Contribution to cost of medical insurance required?  No
Health insurance coverage of family member(s) available? Yes
Health insurance coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
Health insurance coverage of domestic partner available? No
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO/vacation) 20 days
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave 12 days
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 

Educational stipends for interns include $500 for book money and $1500 for travel/presenting at educational conferences.  Interns are provided a moving allowance of $300 for any intern moving from outside the metropolitan Kansas City area. 

In additional to a dedicated work space with a computer; interns are provided an iPad to support clinical work when they are providing services in other clinics or settings (e.g., inpatient units). Interns’ book money can be used to purchase any necessary applications to be used for clinical intervention or demonstration. Interns share a printer and have access to xeroxing, fax, and scanning equipment in the division. The division maintains a library containing texts related to mental health, developmental issues, and pertinent medical subjects. The division has a large array of psychological testing kits and equipment for the interns’ to use. Online and computer scoring for many questionnaires/testing measures is also available to interns. The interns also have available to them a large selection of therapeutic games and toys to be used for interventions.

*Note. Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table

**Note. Consistent with the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA), Children’s Mercy also pays interns over time for hours worked over 40 hours per week

Initial Post-Internship Positions 

 (Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)         


 (Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)                                           



Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts


Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree






Community mental health center



Federally qualified health center



Independent primary care facility/clinic



University counseling center



Veterans Affairs medical center



Military health center



Academic health center



Other medical center or hospital



Psychiatric hospital



Academic university/department



Community college or other teaching setting



Independent research institution



Correctional facility



School district/system



Independent practice setting


Not currently employed



Changed to another field









Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.