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Appalachian Regional Healthcare Psychology Internship


Applications are welcomed from qualified doctoral students in Clinical or Counseling psychology programs, having completed a relevant educational curriculum and Master's degree in psychology (required for state licensure at the Master's level in Kentucky), practicum experience (minimum of 400 direct client contact hours), and who have endorsement of their clinical training director. All eligible applicants will be considered without regard to race, ethnic origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation or physical disability.

Intern applicants who match with our site are required to obtain licensure as a psychological associate in the state of Kentucky within 60 days of the internship start date (see Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology website at: Licensure application involves submitting degree information, transcripts, and letters of reference to the board along with paying a $100 licensure fee. Matched applicants are also required to pass a physical, a urine drug screen and to show acknowledgement of U.S. citizenship or provide a valid work visa prior to their start date. Failure to meet any of these requirements will disqualify the applicant from the internship program.


The program accepts APPIC's online application (APPI online) at: Instructions for submitting the application and details about the application process are explained below.

Please refer to the application checklist in this document to ensure that your APPI online includes all information requested by the ARH Psychology Internship Program. Any offers extended to potential interns shall be in compliance with established APPIC standards ( This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC Match policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant prior to Match Day.


Interns can expect to accrue 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience during the training year (including a minimum 600 hours direct client contact) beginning in early August and ending in August of the following year. Each of the available three (3) intern slots is allotted an annual stipend of $26,000. Additional fringe benefits include health-care insurance coverage (with options to add spouses/dependents at the intern's expense), and PTO/sick leave. Applicants should note that health care coverage does not become effective until approximately three months after the internship start day. Payroll is on a two week delay, meaning that employees are paid two weeks following the close of the pay period. When traveling to distant work sites outside of Hazard, KY, interns receive mileage reimbursement both to/from their work destination, as regulated by agency policy.


Note: All Application Materials listed below are to be submitted electronically using the AAPIC Online Portal, no paper submissions will be accepted.

Ö APPI Online
Ö Current Curriculum Vita
Ö Three Letters of Recommendation
Ö Official Transcripts of Graduate-Level Work (please include transcripts from the institution granting the Master's degree in psychology, or an explanation of how this requirement will be met prior to the internship start date).

Ö Cover letter to address the following:

(a) Interest in working with specific populations served by this internship (rural, underserved, inpatient, patients with medical health issues, etc)
(b) Personal characteristics facilitating or impeding your ability to adjust and/or work in a rural Appalachian community and/or clinical setting


Dr. Tara Parsons
Department of Psychological Services
ARH Psychiatric Center
102 Medical Center Drive
Hazard, KY 41701

Phone: (606) 439-6819
Fax: (606) 439-6701