In October, 2016, IHS entered into Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Washington University in St. Louis [PDF - 865 KB] and the University of Michigan [PDF - 969 KB] in an effort to advance recruitment, retention and development of behavioral clinicians in Indian Country. These MOUs place American Indian and Alaska Native social work students and highly qualified graduates into IHS health facilities for internships and clinical residencies as well as support the areas of education, research and evaluation.
Southwest Consortium Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology
The Southwest Consortium Doctoral Internship is a paid, one-year, full-time program that offers 2,080 hours of supervised clinical activity. Of the eleven interns, nine interns are funded by Veterans Affairs (VA), one intern is funded by the Indian Health Service (IHS), and one intern is funded by the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH).
Applicants must be doctoral students in good standing from APA-accredited programs in clinical or counseling psychology. Applicants with a doctoral degree in another area in psychology are also eligible provided they meet APA criteria for respecialization training in clinical or counseling psychology.
For more information, go to the VA Psychology Training webpage.
IHS Virtual InternshipThe IHS Virtual Internship provides an opportunity to contribute to innovative projects and further the IHS mission directly from a student's home or dormitory around the world. To learn more about the virtual internship, visit the IHS Careers Student Opportunities page.
IHS Extern Program
The Extern Program offers IHS scholarship recipients, the opportunity to participate in a hands-on instructive experience that will complement the knowledge and skills developed in school. For more information, go to the IHS Extern Program page.