Note to Applicants

Dear Potential Intern,

Thank you for considering a psychology internship at the MU Counseling Center. On our related pages, you will find information about our training program, the Counseling Center, and the MU campus. We offer an APA-accredited, 12-month, full-time internship.

The aim of the MU Counseling Center internship in health service psychology is to train generalist psychologists for practice with an adult population emphasizing intervention within a university setting. We operate from a broadly defined evidence-based approach and integrate contextual variables into intentional practice. Our program is designed to help interns transition from trainees to competent, ethical professionals in a diverse society.

Our interns provide individual psychotherapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, initial evaluation and case disposition, outreach, consultation and supervision of graduate-level trainees.

As you peruse our website, consider starting with our training videos or professional staff bios to give you a feel for our center.  We pride ourselves on the warm, inclusive atmosphere at the Counseling Center, where staff are truly committed to training. Some other commonly cited internship highlights include:

  • Strong training in group therapy
  • Opportunities to supervise doctoral-level clinicians for two semesters (with excellent supervision of supervision)
  • Focus areas to gain in-depth training in an area of clinical interest (many with opportunities to reach underserved groups)
  • Multicultural emphasis/commitment to diversity throughout the program
  • Focus on professional development and support for future job search
  • Value of work-life balance
  • Columbia, Missouri itself (a highly appealing college town with a lower than average cost of living)

The stipend for the full-time, 12-month internship is at least $40,000. Interns also receive 20 days annual leave (vacation plus sick days), five professional development days, and 13 university holidays. Additional benefits include medical and dental insurance, flexible spending account, use of library and computer facilities, and parking. Please note interns must pay the employee portion of fees for medical and dental insurance as well as parking. Each intern has a large, private office with a window and is equipped with a computer and digital recording equipment.  We recently moved into a newly renovated space and have a sparkling new facility in the heart of campus with technology you can probably help us learn how to maximize!

The deadline for electronic submission of applications is Nov. 15. Our APPIC program code number is 138911.

This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

The MU Counseling Center internship in health service psychology is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.

In 2019, the program received 10-year full re-accreditation (next review in 2029). For further information, contact the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation:

Phone: 202-336-5979 or 202-336-6123 TDD
Web site:
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

The strengths of our program as well as additional procedural details are further delineated on our website.

We know the application process can be a stressful time and hope you take a closer look and consider applying. We will do everything we can to make this an informative, smooth, and maybe even fun experience! We truly love training and getting to know the stellar applicants we have the privilege to meet. Don’t hesitate to email me with any questions about our site or the process.

All the best to you in this process!

Jenny Lybeck-Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Director/Training Director

Contact Us

MU Counseling Center
Strickland Hall, 4th floor
Open 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday