Nationally Accredited Internships

The Children’s Center Utah hosts a highly regarded training program, providing interns with incredibly valuable experience in children’s mental health.

Internships at The Children's Center Utah

Psychology Internship - Doctoral Candidates

The Children's Center Utah provides four one-year internships for doctoral candidates in psychology. Our program is ideal for students planning a career that focuses on early intervention, assessment, and treatment of children under age 7, with a focus on trauma. Interns are an integral part of our clinical team and attend clinical meetings and trainings with staff. Students also gain experience in the assessment of children with autism and other behavioral and emotional concerns. During the year, students will learn evidence-based practices for the treatment of trauma and, by the conclusion of the internship, be capable of diagnosing and treating most of the DSM disorders impacting young children. For additional information please contact the Training Director, Samantha Smith at

Training Director, Samantha Smith, PsyD will be out on maternity leave from August through November 2023. For additional information about the program, please contact former Training Director, McCall Lyon, PsyD at

Download our Psychology Intern Handbook to learn more.

Accreditation Status

The Children’s Center Utah is excited to announce that our psychology internship has been granted full accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA) as of November 2020. 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

Master's of Social Work Field Practicum and Master's in Professional Counseling

The Children’s Center Utah provides master’s level internship training placements to students of social work, mental health counseling, and marriage and family therapy. For additional information or consideration for placement, please contact Jamie Sellers, CMHC, at

Undergraduate Students

The Children's Center Utah has many opportunities for undergraduate students considering a career in psychology, psychiatry, education, social work, or counseling. Undergraduate interns can receive college credit for their internship work or can volunteer for the learning experience. We ask students to commit for one semester, or a summer term. For more information, please contact Bella Paolucci at

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