Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Internship Program Admissions

The University of Missouri Kansas City Counseling Services considers applicants from APA or CPA accredited doctoral programs in counseling or clinical psychology. Applicants must be in good standing with their department and have completed all doctoral coursework prior to the beginning of the internship. They must have successfully defended their comprehensive examinations by the time of application to the internship and be certified as ready for internship by their doctoral programs. Applicants must defend their dissertation proposal by internship rank deadline. Applicants should be prepared to work in an inner city urban university setting with clients from diverse backgrounds and that experience a wide range of presenting concerns and levels of severity. UMKC Counseling Services provides services that includes individual therapy, group therapy, couple therapy, assessment, crisis walk-in consultation, psycho-educational outreach programming, BASICS evaluations, supervision of practicum trainees, and more. Applicants are expected to have an affirming stance toward all social identities and all individual differences. Applicants are expected to engage in efforts to deepen multicultural awareness, sensitivity, and competence related to diversity in every form.


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:

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours Y 300
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours Y 25

Data Updated: July 31, 2018

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

Current enrollment in an APA-accredited (or CPA-accredited) doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology. Successful completion of doctoral comprehensive exams by application deadline. Approval of Doctoral Dissertation Proposal by ranking deadline. A minimum of 300 AAPI intervention hours from practica by November 15. Refer to the AAPI for what are included under "Intervention Experience." These hours may also include practicum training accrued during a terminal masters program. Although we value applicants' non-practicum clinical work in mental health services (e.g., jobs, volunteer work) as a helpful indicator of applicants' overall background and experience in the field, hours of non-practicum services should not be counted towards this criterion. A minimum of 25 AAPI Assessment hours from practica by November 15. Approval by the academic training program verifying readiness for internship. Completion of all required coursework and practica prior to the starting date of the internship. A minimum of 3 years of graduate training required. All matched candidates are required by the university to pass a criminal background check prior to starting the internship.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns  $22,776
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided:
Trainee contribution to cost required? Yes
Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available? Yes
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) 160
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave  0
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 (please describe): 1. Eligible to purchase group dental and vision insurance for self and family as well as disability and life insurance; use of many university facilities;  reduced-cost gym membership; 2. Access to HR-driven employee professional development programs and trainings.

Data Updated: July 31, 2018

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

Initial Post-Internship Positions

Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 6
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0
Community mental health center 0 0
Federally qualified health center 0 0
Independent primary care facility/clinic 0 0
University counseling center  1 2
Veterans Affairs medical center  0 0
Military health center  0 0
Academic health center  0 0
Other medical center or hospital  0 0
Psychiatric hospital  0 0
Academic university/department 0 3
Community college or other teaching setting 0 0
Independent research institution 0 0
Correctional facility 0 0
School district/system 0 0
Independent practice setting 0 0
Not currently employed 0 0
Changed to another field 0 0
Other 0 0
Unknown 0 0

Data Updated: July 31, 2018

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.

Application form

UMKC Counseling Services uses the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship Form.


The online AAPI application includes:

  1. A cover letter (specifically state why you are considering UMKC’s internship)
  2. Current vita
  3. Essays
  4. DCT's Verification of Eligibility and Readiness
  5. All graduate transcripts
  6. Three Standardized Reference Forms, completed by individuals with direct knowledge of your academic and clinical performance

APPIC Member number: 1391

View our APPIC Directory Listing.


Note: Counseling Services follows APPIC match policies for the internship selection process and 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.


Selection process

Screening process

Completed applications are evaluated on a variety of factors. Applicants will be notified if they are no longer under consideration. Applicants will be notified of their application status via e-mail. We will make every attempt to notify applicants of interview status by December 15.


An on-site, Skype or telephone interview is required of applicants who have passed our initial review of applications.  Although on-site interviews are often preferred by candidates, we have ranked and matched with all types of interviewees. Interviews take place from late December to mid-January and last approximately two hours.  All interviews include a 45-minute semi-structured interview with the selection committee, and one-on-one meetings with the Training Coordinator and a current intern.  On-site interviews include a tour of the facilities.  On-site or virtual campus tours can be arranged through the UMKC Welcome Center.

Computer Match Program

UMKC Counseling Services is registered to participate in the APPIC Computer Match Program. To be considered at our site, you will also have to be registered with the computer match company, by requesting an applicant agreement package.


Internship Match Program Code: 139111

Criminal background checks

All matched candidates are required by the university to pass a criminal background check prior to starting the internship.

Policy regarding Academic Programs requesting additional evaluation materials

Interns at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Counseling Services receive ongoing evaluative feedback from supervisors throughout the training year. These evaluations are comprehensive in nature, and are based on our program's training model, philosophy, goals, objectives, and competencies. At least two times per year the Internship Training Coordinator sends the intern's Academic Training Director a letter summarizing the intern's performance to date along with a copy of the supervisors’ evaluation of the intern.  Therefore, if you are enrolled in an academic training program that requires additional training contracts and/or evaluations, these will NOT be completed by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Counseling Center training staff. Your program may choose to use the data from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Counseling Center’s evaluations to complete their own forms. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your Director of Clinical Training or the University of Missouri-Kansas City Counseling Services Training Coordinator if you have questions about this policy.





For application information, contact:

Arnold Abels, Ph.D.
Training Coordinator
Counseling, Health and Testing and Disabilities
University of Missouri-Kansas City
4825 Troost, Suite 206
Kansas City, MO 64110

Phone: 816-235-1218
Fax: 816-235-6350



Important Dates

November 15, 2017:
Application deadline
December 15, 2017:
Applicants notified of interview status
December 2017 - January 2018: 
On-site, Skype and phone interviews
February 7, 2018:
Deadline for submission of rank order lists
February 23, 2018:
APPIC Phase I Match Day

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