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Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Internship Program Admissions
Date Program Tables are updated: September 2019

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 HoursNYAmount: 400
Total Direct Contact Assessment HoursNYAmount: 400

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

By the application deadline of November 15, the successful applicant needs to have met all of the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 400 AAPI assessment and 400 AAPI intervention hours on the AAPI electronic application- sometimes we are flexible about these criteria if some of the applicant’s hours were accrued during paid employment with appropriate supervision.
  2. 10 completed WISC-Vs (or equivalent) with integrative reports (other IQ tests are not adequate substitutes)
  3. 10 completed WIAT-IIIs or Woodcock Johnson Psycho-Educational batteries with integrative reports.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Dr. Meade and her colleagues will review all of the applications. Approximately 28 interviews will be scheduled on several dates in December and January. Only in-person interviews are conducted. The interview lasts half a day (either morning or afternoon) and includes three one-hour faculty interviews and lunch with some of our current interns. Photographs are taken of all applicants. All applicants will be notified whether we are interviewing them by December 10. Applicants who are invited and accept interviews can cancel their interview but cannot change the date of their interview. 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. Please note that DMC has a nicotine free hiring policy. Incoming psychology interns will undergo a health examination and supplementary test(s), which could include tests for tobacco, illicit drug 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 want further information about DMC hiring.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns$28,352
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time InternsN/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?YesNo
If access to medical insurance is provided:
Trainee contribution to cost required?YesNo
Coverage of family member(s) available?YesNo
Coverage of legally married partner available?YesNo
Coverage of domestic partner available?YesNo
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**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?YesNo
Other Benefits (please describe):
Internship comprehensive benefits program iincludes health insurance, conference support, and purchase of education materials. Other benefits may be available at reduced cost. liability insurance, basic life and AD&D coverage, and confidential support services. 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. Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table
**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 cohorts10
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree0
Community mental health center00
Federally qualified health center00
Independent primary care facility/clinic00
University counseling center00
Veterans Affairs medical center00
Military health center00
Academic health center80
Other medical center or hospital20
Psychiatric hospital00
Academic university/department00
Community college or other teaching setting00
Independent research institution00
Correctional facility00
School district/system00
Independent practice setting00
Not currently employed00
Changed to another field00
Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.

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