Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data
Internship Program Admissions
Date Program Tables are updated: September 2020
We are looking for applicants who have mastered the basic assessment and therapy skills and have demonstrated a true interest in becoming 1) a pediatric psychologist or 2) a pediatric neuropsychologist. We have dedicated training tracks for each. We are also looking for applicants who have a combination of the flexibility, tactfulness, assertiveness, and positive life outlook necessary to work in a multidisciplinary setting with medically ill children and their families. Our internship has a commitment to attracting and training diverse interns. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE ALSO SEE OUR LISTING AT APPIC.ORG.
|Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:|
|Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours||N||Y||Amount: 400|
|Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours||N||Y||Amount: 400|
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
Given the effects of COVID on clinical training after March 2020, some leniency will be granted with regards to hours and experiences. By the application deadline of November 15, we prefer that the successful applicant needs to have met meets or comes close to all of the following requirements:
- A minimum of 400 AAPI assessment and 400 AAPI intervention hours on the AAPI electronic application.
- 10 completed WISC-Vs (or equivalent) with integrative reports (other IQ tests are not adequate substitutes)
- 10 completed WIAT-IIIs or Woodcock Johnson Psycho-Educational batteries with integrative reports.
- 10 child and/or adolescent therapy cases: CBT individual or family therapy (not group therapy and not psychodynamic play therapy). At least six of these cases must have been completed; up to four can still be ongoing. Applicants headed for pediatric neuropsychology careers will be held to this standard as well. We receive many applications from such candidates who have little or no therapy experience but a great deal of neuropsychology experience; unfortunately, such applicants do not receive interviews.
- Familiarity with one or more evidence-based therapy approaches for each of the following child/ adolescent presenting problems: depression, generalized anxiety, oppositional behavior, and at least one health related problem such as diabetes, obesity, asthma, etc.
- Demonstrated interest in pediatric psychology or pediatric neuropsychology. Pediatric psychology involves work beyond general child and adolescent psychology. Applicants whom we interview have done one or more practicum in a pediatric psychology or developmental disability settings, worked on multidisciplinary teams, conducted research in a pediatric health setting, and/or have volunteered in hospital settings. Applicants headed for a career in pediatric neuropsychology can substitute medically-related pediatric neuropsychology practicum experience for a pediatric psychology practicum. Simply asserting in your AAPI essay that you want to be a pediatric psychologist or pediatric neuropsychologist is insufficient; you must have done something to show us that this indeed is your career path.
- Must have advanced to candidate status for a Ph.D. or Psy.D. Degree in Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, or Counseling Psychology, and must be enrolled in APA accredited doctoral programs. Applicants who do not meet these criteria will not be interviewed for our internship.
- Applicants must meet criteria for stipend payment from the internship’s HRSA Graduated Psychology Education (GPE) grant, and therefore must be a citizen of the United States, a non-citizen national of the United States, or a foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible participants.
We welcome applications from under-represented groups, and do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, national origin, or sexual orientation.
Additional Application Information
We participate in the APPIC electronic application procedure and the national Intern Computer Match. Complete the AAPI (APPIC application for Psychology Internship) online version and register with National Matching Service for the Psychology Internship Match. We have two numbers for the Intern Matching Program:
Pediatric Psychology Track 136211
Pediatric Neuropsychology Track 136212
The AAPI will include detailed information regarding your education and training experiences, information from your Director of Clinical Training, AAPI essays, and official graduate transcripts. We are also requesting a cover letter clearly stating which track(s) you are applying for, your curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and one de-identified integrative psychological or neuropsychological testing report.
All electronic applications must be received by Dr. Meade by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on November 15. “Received” means that your application appears on our APPIC application website and is listed as Complete. If you submitted your application to APPIC at the last minute, it may not make it to our website on time and will not be reviewed.
Please submit with enough time to manage technical problems. No exceptions will be made.
Those candidates selected for interviews will receive a notification email by December 1, 2020. They will then be asked to rank their interview date preferences, and they will be scheduled for interviews in December and January. Those not receiving interviews will be notified by December 14, 2020.
We plan to conduct all virtual interviews for December 2020 and January 2021. Approximately 20 individuals will be invited for interviews on each track. Traditionally, four interviewees are scheduled on each interview day and are interviewed by the Director of Training and two other licensed psychologist supervisors for one hour per interview. These are individual, not group interviews. Two interviews start at 9 AM and end at 12 PM; two start at 1:30 PM and end at 4:30 PM. Photos are taken of all interviewees. A current intern will be available 12 to 1:30 PM to answers questions about the program. Interviewees headed for a career in pediatric neuropsychology will be scheduled for an interview with one of our pediatric neuropsychologist. Applicants who accept an interview cannot change the date of the interview although they can cancel it
This internship agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.
As part of the onboarding process, applicants for employment as a DMC Psychology Intern must successfully pass reference and background screenings as a condition of employment. Incoming psychology interns will undergo a health examination and supplementary test(s), which could include tests for illicit drugs (e.g. Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Marijuana, Methadone, Opiates: Codeine, Morphine, Heroin, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Phencyclidine) and/or alcohol use, and receive the required initial and annual immunizations in compliance with DMC /Tenet policy and all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. It must be determined the Trainee is in sufficient physical and mental condition to perform the essential functions of appointment. The results of all examinations will be provided to the DMC Employee Occupational Health Services. Please contact Dr. Meade if you need further information about DMC hiring requirements. Additionally, interns will be required to purchase their own student malpractice insurance for liability coverage during the training year.
Due to the rigorous nature of the internship, the time commitment involved in training and clinical services, and the specific focus of the year, employment outside of the internship during the training year is highly discouraged. It is recommended that interns discuss any plans for outside work with the Training Director prior to Match Daysubmission of internship ranking. Such work must not impact internship training hours or activities.
Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*
|Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns||$28,352|
|Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns||N/A|
|Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?||Yes||No|
|If access to medical insurance is provided:|
|Trainee contribution to cost required?||Yes||No|
|Coverage of family member(s) available?||Yes||No|
|Coverage of legally married partner available?||Yes||No|
|Coverage of domestic partner available?||Yes||No|
|Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)||120 hours (15 days)|
+ 3 conference or dissertation days
|Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave**||After 5 days counted as part of PTO|
|In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?||Yes||No|
|Other Benefits (please describe):|
Internship benefits includes intern individual health insurance, conference support, and purchase of education materials. Free parking is provided. The DMC reserves the right to modify or discontinue the plan of benefits set forth herein at any time. Any change cannot be made without first advising the affected insured.
**Note: Sick leave is not to exceed 3 consecutive days without Medical Leave of Absence paperwork and Certification of Healthcare Provider form.
Initial Post-Internship Positions
|Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts||8|
|Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree||0|
|Community mental health center||0||0|
|Federally qualified health center||0||0|
|Independent primary care facility/clinic||0||0|
|University counseling center||0||0|
|Veterans Affairs medical center||0||0|
|Military health center||0||0|
|Academic health center||6||0|
|Other medical center or hospital||2||0|
|Community college or other teaching setting||0||0|
|Independent research institution||0||0|
|Independent practice setting||0||0|
|Not currently employed||0||0|
|Changed to another field||0||0|