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Psychology Predoctoral Internship

Predoctoral Internship

Psychology Predoctoral Internship Program

Welcome to Pine Rest’s pre-doctoral psychology internship! Here you will find helpful information about our top-notch training program, wonderful faculty and outstanding training facilities.

Our program has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1982.* We had our most recent site review in 2017 and were re-accredited, with our next self-study/site visit scheduled for 2027.

Match Numbers:

137011 Therapy, Adult Asssessment incl. Neuropsychology
137012 Therapy, Child Assessment incl. Autism Spectrum
137013 Outpatient Therapy, DBT, and Assessment


Predoctoral Psychology Internship

Pine Rest’s psychology internship offers the highest quality training to prepare interns for the professional practice of psychology. The training program is based on the Practitioner-Scholar Model, with an emphasis on preparation for independent clinical practice. We provide excellent clinical training in all 9 of APA’s profession-wide competencies and in our program-specific competency: Spirituality.

The Pine Rest internship provides interns experience working across our continuum of care and with our multidisciplinary teams, including senior psychologists and psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, social workers, advanced practice practitioners, and front-line staff. This training equips graduates with the competencies needed to obtain employment in a variety of applied clinical settings, doing a variety of tasks, including psychotherapy (individual, group, family, and couples), assessment, consultation, applied research and quality improvement projects, and supervision. Our training incorporates individual and group supervision, optimal levels of patient contact, and didactic seminars to maximize training experience.

Finally, all of this takes place in an organization where psychology is highly valued (e.g. the CEO is a psychologist) and where the general morale is high. Psychology interns are valued and respected members of the inter-disciplinary teams and are mentored by supportive and expert psychology faculty.

About Pine Rest:

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is one of the largest free-standing behavioral health organizations in the U.S., providing inpatient, outpatient and residential behavioral health services for over 110 years. (For more information, see our Fact Sheet  .)

Pine Rest’s organizational mission is to express the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by providing behavioral health services with professional excellence, integrity and compassion. This mission is accomplished by:

  1. Providing an exceptional care experience for patients.
  2. Achieving superior clinical outcomes.
  3. Maintaining Pine Rest as a great place to work.

Expert staff at Pine Rest are highly focused on evidence-based practices, with teams centered around, for example, Dialectical Behavior Therapy; Neuromodulation Services; and state of the art Psychological Assessment. Multidisciplinary clinics facilitate psychology interns developing collaborative relationships with psychiatry providers.

While Pine Rest’s formation and history are from a Christian tradition, our diverse staff represent a wide variety of belief systems and worldviews, ensuring that excellent clinical care is provided to everyone in the communities we serve. We happily partner with local and regional organizations in advocating for persons from underserved and marginalized groups.

The internship year begins the first Monday of July and is a 12-month full-time program for 5 interns. The current stipend is $36,000. Additionally, health insurance is provided to interns, along with vision and dental benefits. Interns have 14 days of paid time off, including sick days, dissertation-related activities, and vacation. There are also 6 paid holidays. Required textbooks are provided for free, and there is a $100 book allowance per intern for professional development.

Located in Beautiful Grand Rapids and West Michigan

All internship rotations are located in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, one of the hottest locations for new medical development. Since 2005, the Grand Rapids Medical Mile has been home to the Van Andel Institute (a world-class primary research facility), Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Grand Rapids Community College’s Calkins Science Center, Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Hospital complex, Grand Valley State University’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences and more.

Grand Rapids and the surrounding West Michigan area offers a friendly, welcoming community for families as well as singles and couples. Residents can enjoy both the vibrant downtown with plenty of museums, restaurants, theater, nightlife and festivals, as well as beautiful rural landscapes and peaceful suburbs with easy access to miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. There’s always something for everyone!

Key industries in the local community include:

  • Medical
  • Education
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Furniture
  • Hospitality
  • And many more

Housing is very affordable and there are excellent school districts in the immediate area.

The beaches of Lake Michigan are only a 40 minute drive away from Grand Rapids. West Michigan is home to many natural wonders including swimming, golfing, boating, biking and sightseeing.

There are also cultural opportunities such as ArtPrize which engages the whole community. We believe that our staff and residents should enjoy a balanced life as well as a comprehensive education, and be a part of this welcoming environment. Here are a few of the latest headlines about the great things happening in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

We invite you to see it for yourself!


Grand Rapids Events & Resources

Gerald R. Ford International Airport – Offering 100+ nonstop daily flights

*Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to:

The Commission on Accreditation

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: