Stipend & Benefits


 The annual stipend for Psychology Interns is $26,000. Interns are classified as full-time exempt staff and are eligible for the university health care/benefits package. If significant changes in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act are implemented in the future, interns will most likely be reclassified as non-exempt staff and would earn an hourly wage of $12.50 per hour (consistent with the minimum wage for the city of Tacoma and this wage results in an annual stipend of approximately $26,000 per year). All exempt staff are given approximately 13 holiday/bonus days, and accrue 20 vacation days and 12 sick days per year. Interns are requested to take 5 vacation days at the end of internship to allow CHWS staff transition time between classes. Interns need to be mindful of the 2,000 hour internship requirement when considering how to use their personal time off.

For more information on the benefits offered by our university 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 or discounted admission to Puget Sound cultural and athletic events 

Additional Quality-of-Life Considerations


Private office
Quality recordings in your office
Private voicemail; business cards
Dedicated supervisors; interns are highly valued


Challenging, responsive psychotherapy clientele
Multidisciplinary care and regular 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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