Psychology Internship Program

Message from the Internship Training Director

Melanie Nelson, PhD
Melanie Nelson, PhD Psychology Internship Training Director

We are excited that you are considering applying to our internship in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Psychology at the University of Florida College of Medicine! We welcome applications from doctoral students in clinical, school, or counseling psychology who are interested in generalist clinical training at a university medical center. Our division has a long history of training students at the practicum, internship, and postdoctoral level. Our internship is not currently accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The goal of our full time Internship is to prepare you for entry level practice in the field of clinical psychology, and/or for advanced postdoctoral fellowship training in this area. The mission of UF Health is “strive to create unstoppable momentum toward the goal of improving individual and community health through discovery, clinical and translational science and technology, exceptional education and patient-centered, innovative, high-quality health care.” Interns in our program contribute to this mission by learning and working with patients under supervision, providing patient-centered, innovative, high-quality mental health care.  Interns also advance the science of psychology by learning and using the latest evidence-based assessment and intervention techniques.

Because UF Health is a major referral center for North Central Florida, interns have the opportunity to work with a wide range of patients with many different psychiatric conditions from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We work collaboratively with colleagues in psychiatry and other medical specialties. 

For the 2024-2025 internship training year, we plan to offer full time, paid intern positions to start on July 1, 2024. Applications are submitted via Google form. Positions will be open until filled.

Applications require a completed application (google form or copy of your AAPI application), with information regarding your education and training experiences, and official graduate transcripts. We also request a cover letter,  your curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation.

Candidates selected for interviews will receive a notification email. They will then be scheduled for interviews taking place via Zoom or in person. Those not receiving interviews will be notified by email.

We plan to conduct in person interviews, although virtual interviews are always  available upon request. Candidates will be interviewed by the Internship Training Director and two to three other licensed psychologist supervisors for half-hour to one hour-long  interviews. These are individual, not group interviews. Candidates will also have the opportunity to talk with current practicum students and interns about the program. 

If you have  questions, feel free to e-mail me at

Thank you for considering our program.

Melanie Nelson, PhD

Psychology Internship Training Director
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry, Division of Psychology
University of Florida, College of Medicine