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

Please read the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System Psychology Internship brochure for 2020-2021 applicants, which is linked to the right. 

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 internship is designed to train “excellent generalists” prepared to provide services in any environment, but particularly with a focus on serving rural Veterans. Most graduates have gone on to various specialty post-docs with others attaining VA and non-VA entry-level psychologist positions, rural and non-rural. The Grand Island VA Medical Center and Lincoln VA Clinic Interns each complete three four-month outpatient rotations: General Mental Health (GMH), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI). The Norfolk Community-Based Outreach Clinic (CBOC) intern does not have rotations but attains the same competencies while embedded within a rural CBOC primary care setting throughout the training year. A training position at the Omaha VAMC is described in our brochure but not funded at this time for the 2020-21 training year. Regardless of training site, all interns participate in a yearlong Assessment Clinic approximately eight hours per week and come together for didactics and group supervision.

We offer a single unified internship with seven interns at three training sites. Different match numbers allow applicants to specify their interest in one, two or all three sites. In the unlikely event a fourth training site becomes available, we will announce this in Match News.

Outline of training tracks:

  1. 3 positions - Track 221713 – “NWI – Rotation Based – Grand Island VA”
  2. 3 positions - Track 221714 – “NWI – Rotation Based – Lincoln VA”
  3. 1 position -   Track 221715 – “NWI – NO Rotations – Rural Norfolk CBOC”
  4. If funded, one position: Track 221711 – “NWI –Rural Outpt Emphasis Omaha”

Applications will be due November 15, 2019, with interviews by invitation only in early January 2020. We request three references and two de-identified assessment reports samples. Per VA policy, only United States citizens are eligible for VA internships, and must pass a post-match background check and random drug screen. Male applicants must have registered for the Selective Service according to U.S. law.

Stipends and benefits are determined by the national VA Office of Academic Affiliations. See brochure for details. Training stipends will be $26,166, divided into 26 equal portions payable for each two-week pay period.

Thank you for your interest in the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System Psychology Internship. We look forward to your application.

For full application information: VA NWI Doctoral Psychology Internship Brochure 2020-21.


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