Psychology Interns - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
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Psychology Interns

The Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology Program of the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Healthcare System (NWI) is designated as “Accredited” by the APA Commission on Accreditation with our next site visit in 2021. See the APA webpages for more details or contact APA: Phone: (202) 336-5979/e-mail:


The NWI internship is designed to train “excellent generalists” prepared to provide entry-level psychology services in any environment, but particularly with a focus on serving rural Veterans. Most graduates have gone on to various specialty post-docs (General Mental Health, Primary Care, Pain and other Health Psychology, PTSD, Neuropsychology, etc.) with other leaving internship for VA and non-VA entry-level psychologist positions, rural and non-rural.

Due to changes in the supervision availability in Grand Island and Lincoln and to ensure continued program quality, the numbers of positions at each have declined from 3 each to 2 each, with two positions transferred to the Omaha VAMC. As a result, some adjustments in rotations in Grand Island and Lincoln require updating of our brochure, and the new positions in Omaha are also described. Regardless of training site, the training for all seven NWI Interns is designed to allow Interns to meet the 9 Profession-Wide Competencies required by APA.

VA NWI currently has 6 open positions for Match II:

 221711 - NWI-Rural Outpatient Focus-Omaha VA           1 position      
 221712 - NWI – Ass’m’t Focus + Rural - Omaha VA        1 position      
 221713 - NWI - Rotation Based - Grand Island VA   2 positions      
 221714 - NWI - Rotation Based - Lincoln VA 1 position
 221715 - NWI - NO Rotations - Rural Norfolk CBOC  1 position 

We offer a single unified internship with seven interns in the five training tracks coming together frequently face-to-face and via V-tel for shared didactics and group supervision with access to the expertise of supervisors from the different training sites. The training tracks have different match numbers to allow applicants control over their placement through their rankings for one or more or all of the five training tracks. All Interns participate in a year-long Assessment Clinic for 8 hours per week and group Assessment Clinic supervision, as well as individual assessment supervision. All Interns will have a diversity of intervention experiences at their training site, including exposure to PTSD assessment and intervention. All Interns participate in weekly shared didactics and group supervision via V-tel to connect across sites, and also meet face-to-face as a group approximately monthly, particularly during the non-winter months.

The Grand Island VA Medical Center and Lincoln VA Clinic Interns have each traditionally had three four-month outpatient rotations: General Mental Health (GMH), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI).   This may change at one or both of these training sites to two 6-month rotations in PTSD and PCMHI of approximately 12-16 hours per week with 8 hours a week year-long in General Mental Health.

The Norfolk Community-Based Outreach Clinic (CBOC) intern as well as the Omaha-based Interns will also attain those the same competencies while embedded within a different structure. The Norfolk CBOC experience is embedded in a rural primary care setting all year in which the Intern sees a diverse array of clients - “everything coming through the door” but not within a rotational structure.  

The two ‘new’ positions are in Omaha. One training position at the Omaha VAMC is embedded within General Mental Health all year for 16 hours per week, with minor experiences in PTSD and possibly also PCMHI. The second training position at the Omaha VA Polytrauma Clinic adds additional hours of assessment beyond the 8 hours (up to 12-16-20 hours, depending on interest and strengths), and spends the rest of his or her training in various interventions either within Polytrauma or through the clinical resources throughout the rest of the Omaha VAMC (PTSD, GMH, and PCMHI), although the rotation structure is likely to differ.

For Incoming Interns

Applicants who successfully match with the NWIHCS Psychology Internship through the National Matching Service must complete the forms below and follow the directions provided on the Psychology Intern Checklist.


A. Jocelyn Ritchie, JD PhD
Polytrauma Neuropsychologist
Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System