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Psychology Internship How to Apply
Psychology Internship How to Apply

Application Process

  1. Applicants can access the AAPI Online via the Applicant Portal. You will use your internet browser to create an account, enter information into the various fields of the AAPI, and ultimately submit your completed application to us. Get instructions for the Application Portal.
  2. Once you complete the portion of the AAPI that needs to be verified by your Director of Clinical Training (e.g., total hours, dissertation progress, etc.), you will generate an electronic request to your DCT. Your DCT will then either approve the information (via an electronic signature) or ask you to make changes, and provide additional information as appropriate. (This process replaces the previous "AAPI Part II" which is now obsolete).
  3. You will also request letters of recommendation by generating electronic requests (via e-mail) to individuals of your choosing. These individuals will upload their letters directly into the AAPI Online. While you are not permitted to view the content of the letter, you can decide which letters of reference to submit to our site.
  4. You also will need to submit one official copy of all graduate transcript(s) directly to the AAPI Online service via regular mail. These transcripts are then verified as official, scanned into the system, and attached to your application.
  5. Once you have completed all aspects of the application and submitted it electronically to our site, it will be instantly available for our internship site to review.

For more information about the development of the AAPI Online, including demonstrations and questions and answers, please visit the AAPIC Internship Matching Program

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology Internship for 2015-2016 is November 9, 2014. All qualified applications will be reviewed with invitations for on-site interviews being issued by no later than November 20, 2014. On-site interviews will be held on January 12th and 13th, 2015.

Recruitment Guidelines

The internship program follows APPIC Guidelines in the recruitment of interns. Specifically, we:

  • Abide by the APPIC Match Policies. 
  • Intern applicants can request a registration packet for the National Match System either through the National Matching Service's webpage or by calling them at (716) 282-4013 
  • Send a copy of the APPIC policies to applicants who request them 
  • Inform applicants who are excluded from consideration as early as possible in the process 
  • Refrain from offering an internship in any form before the beginning of selection day, 
  • Certify, in writing, in no more than 72 hours following the end of selection day, all verbal agreements with applicants. 

For more information about the development of the AAPI Online, including demonstrations and questions and answers, please visit the AAPIC Internship Matching Program website.

Selection Criteria

Internship program candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Status of current program: The candidate must be enrolled in an APA-approved doctoral program 
  • Type of Program: The candidate must be enrolled in a clinical psychology or counseling psychology Ph.D. or Psy.D. program. 
  • Progress in Program: The candidate should have all course work completed and be actively working towards completion of dissertation (completion of data collection preferable, but not mandatory). 
  • Program Emphasis: The candidate should have a strong child psychology emphasis in course work, research experiences and practicum/vocational experiences. 
  • Level of Pre-Program Clinical Skills: While early didactics and training emphasize clinical skills, the candidate should possess the ability and work ethic to move quickly from an "observer" status to seeing patients in a closely supervised, but independent, setting.

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