UO Policy for Required Internship Year
The American Psychological Association requires that clinical, counseling, and school psychology doctoral students complete a 1-year internship before being awarded the doctoral degree.
The Graduate School has created an oral defense and dissertation submission policy that allows students in these programs to defend, submit, and receive final Graduate School approval of the dissertation before the internship begins and then delay graduation until the internship has been completed.
Students who have successfully defended, submitted, and received final Graduate School approval of the dissertation and received an internship assignment can apply for up to three terms of On-Leave Status.
These students will not be required to pay tuition or fees during these terms. They can graduate after completing the internship without re-enrolling. This policy was updated in May 2018 and first enacted in Summer 2018.
Students who have not defended and completed the dissertation before embarking on an internship must continue to follow the continuous enrollment policy until they successfully defend, submit, and receive final Graduate School approval of the dissertation.
If students are using services or faculty assistance they must be enrolled for at least three credits.
This policy includes students not in residence while writing a thesis or dissertation, but using faculty assistance, university services or facilities such as sending chapters to an adviser by mail or email for feedback.
Once the student has successfully defended and the dissertation has received final Graduate School approval these students become eligible for On-Leave Status and, if their dissertations are approved in a term prior to the term they graduate, they do not have to re-enroll to graduate.
Students are also responsible for complying with all other applicable Graduate School deadlines and requirements related to dissertations and graduation.
The on-leave terms associated with the internship requirement are in addition to the 6 terms of leave status that are available to all doctoral students.
Student A defends, submits, and receives final Graduate School approval of her dissertation in spring term before the internship year.
She can be on leave for up to three terms, and graduate without re-enrolling during the following spring or summer term, depending on which term she completes the internship.
Student B defends, submits, and receives final Graduate School approval of his dissertation in winter term of his internship year and will complete the internship during the following summer term.
He registers for at least three credits of dissertation during fall term if working with his committee or advisor.
He will register for at least three credits of dissertation during winter term, will be on leave for spring and summer term, graduating without re-enrolling during summer term.
Student C defends, submits, and receives final Graduate School approval of their dissertation in spring term, which is the last term of their internship year.
They will register for at least three credits of dissertation during fall and winter terms if working with their committee or advisor.
They register for two credits of dissertation and one credit of internship during spring term.