Stipend & Benefits


The annual stipend for Psychology Interns is $24,960. Interns are currently classified as full-time exempt staff and are eligible for the university health care/benefits package. All exempt staff are given 13 holiday/bonus days, 20 vacation days and 12 sick days per year.  Interns are requested to take 5 vacation days at the end of their internship to allow CHWS staff transition time between classes.  Interns need to be mindful of the 2000 hour internship requirement when considering how to use their remaining vacation time.

Beginning December 1, 2016, Psychology Interns will be classified as non-exempt hourly staff.  They will receive an hourly rate of $12.00 per hour, which is the equivalent of $24,960 for 40 hours per week over 52 weeks.  As non-exempt staff, interns will be eligible for overtime pay.  Interns and the training director will monitor hours to ensure that interns complete the 2,000 hours required of the internship, while minimizing time beyond 40 hours per week.

As non-exempt employees, interns are eligible for the university health care/benefits package.  Interns will accrue approximately 10 days of vacation pay per year, up to 8 hours of sick leave is accrued each month.  Interns will receive a floating holiday and 13 campus holidays/bonus days.  Interns will receive up to 8 hours of personal business appointment leave.  CHWS will allow up to 3 days for professional development activities, such as dissertation defense, conference attendance, and/or job search.

For more details on the benefits for non-exempt staff, please see the summary provided by Human Resources:

Additional Perks

  • To support intern professional development, up to $200 towards attendance at the psychology workshop, seminar or conference(s) of your choice.
  • Each intern office is outfitted with a webcam that can be used for both audio and video recording of sessions.
  • Excellent technological support
    • Dell computer (PC) with all current software in each office and flat-screen monitor
    • Unlimited high-speed Internet and e-mail
    • Quick response time to calls for technical help
  • Full access to university facilities
    • Borrowing privileges at the University library
    • Use of fitness center and pool
    • Free of discounted admission to Puget Sound cultural and athletic events 

Additional Quality-of-Life Considerations


Private office with window (may be outside or within the building)
Quality recordings in your office
Control how you schedule your day
Private voicemail; business cards
Dedicated supervisors; interns are highly valued


Challenging, responsive psychotherapy clientele
Multidisciplinary care and consultation
Supervise a trainee, receive "supervision of supervision"
Substance abuse prevention and intervention
Present outreach workshops, guest lectures, training sessions
Stimulating diagnosis, treatment & diversity seminars


Free on-campus parking near our building
Reasonable paperwork expectations
Healthy work environment
Small campus atmosphere
Research library databases from office


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