Paid Internships in Forensic Psychology

As the popularity of Forensic Psychology has boomed in the past ten to fifteen years, so too have academic and job opportunities. Similarly, more and more Forensic Psychology Internships become available each year. Whether you are looking to pursue a career in the prison system, a law enforcement agency or working with crime victims, there are several decently internships in Forensic Psychology that can help you kickstart your career in the field. Here we will look at some of the best opportunities.

Arkansas Department of Human Services Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship Program

The Division of Behavioral Health Services offers a one-year, full-time, pre-doctoral internship in professional psychology at the Arkansas State Hospital. The program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and has been fully re-accredited until 2021 by the APA. This varied training program includes three distinct rotations:

  • Adult SMI Rotation: Training takes place on the hospital’s adult SMI inpatient units which primarily treat patients civilly committed or voluntarily admitted for psychiatric treatment.
  • Adolescent Rotation: Training takes place on the Adolescent Sexual Offenders unit and the Adolescent Inpatient Treatment unit. The Adolescent Sexual Offender Treatment program is a residential treatment program that emphasizes long-term treatment of adolescent male sexual offenders.
  • Forensic Evaluation Rotation:The focus of this rotation is on assessment of individuals who have been court ordered for evaluation.  Interns have the opportunity to provide forensic evaluations on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, for men and women, ages adolescent to older adult.

Eligible applicants are doctoral degree candidates from APA-accredited programs in clinical or counseling psychology who have completed all course work; successfully passed qualifying exams and proposed their dissertation topic; and meet minimum clinical and assessment hours. Applications must be complete by November 15 and only completed applications will be considered on the APPIC Match list deadline.

Central Intelligence Agency Undergraduate Internship

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) provides paid internship opportunities during the throughout the year for undergraduate college students. If a career at the CIA sounds interesting, this internship offers a unique opportunity to delve more deeply into this option. Because of the size of the agency, paid internships vary in their length and what times of year they are offered. There are a variety of sites where internship positions are offered in the DC/Metro area.

The CIA offers internships for students throughout the year, not just during the summer. Applications for winter, spring and fall should be submitted at least 12 months before the desired start date. Summer internships must be applied for between December and March.

Harris County Juvenile Probation Department Psychology Internship

The Harris County Juvenile Probation Department (HCJPD) will accept three full‐time interns for a twelve‐month internship, which begins August 1st and ends July 31st. HCJPD is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and is accredited by the APA.

Interns must complete a minimum of 1,850 clock hours to be used towards licensure. With a 40-hour workweek, interns are expected to spend a minimum of 25 percent of the time providing direct services. The training year is divided into three, four‐month rotations:  Assessment I, Assessment II, and Specialty Court. As is evident from the titles of these rotations, this internship program has a significant emphasis on assessment and is best suited for interns who enjoy conducting psychological evaluations.

Illinois Department of Human Services Treatment & Detention Facility

Each year, Liberty Healthcare seeks applicants for a Clinical Doctoral Internship in Forensic Psychology Internship at the Illinois Department of Human Services Treatment & Detention Facility located in Rushville, Illinois. This is a one-year Psychology Internship which typically begins and ends in August.  At the completion of the one-year program, Interns will be considered for continued employment with Liberty Healthcare and any available clinical staff positions.

Interns are employees of Liberty Healthcare and are therefore eligible for a comprehensive benefits package which includes 180 hours of paid time off, medical and dental insurance as well as other benefits. Interns will work standard 40-hour workweeks, Monday through Friday.

Psychology Internships Program at the Metropolitan Detention Center Los Angeles

The Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles offers and American Psychological Association (APA) accredited paid internship opportunities doctoral level students. Internships include direct clinical services, assessment, research, consultation, and supervision activities. Release time for attending dissertation defense, meetings of the intern’s research committee, and professional conferences can be arranged with the Internship Program Coordinator and the Chief Psychologist. Paid internships last consist of a 40-hour work week.

The Psychology Internship Program consists of three main rotations each covering a period of

approximately four months. The rotations include General Population, Forensic Evaluations, and Mental Health.

Wisconsin Division of Juvenile Corrections Internship

The Ethan Allen School Clinical Services Unit of the Wisconsin Division of Juvenile Corrections provides a paid internship opportunity for doctoral candidates as part of their training. Internships provide individuals with valuable hands-on experience working with juvenile inmates. Paid internships require a 34-40-hour work week.

This internship includes the following rotations: Reception/Triage/Intake Rotation, Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) Rotation, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Rotation, CLS- Girls Treatment Program Rotation, Restrictive Housing Rotation, and Program Development and Implementation

Applicants will be notified of an offered interview in early December and can anticipate a scheduled interview in late December or early January. Although the site is willing to accommodate phone interviews in some circumstances, on-site interviews are preferred.