Selection Criteria

We are interested in highly qualified applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to clinical and research interests relevant to work with children with developmental or physical challenges. Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program in School or Clinical Psychology at a regionally accredited institution of higher education and must have completed at least three years equivalent of full-time graduate-level study by the start of the internship. In addition, applicants must have the approval of their graduate program Director of Clinical Training, and have the completed at least 500 hours of practicum work at the time of application, and they must have a dissertation/capstone project proposal accepted by their graduate faculty to the start of internship. Our internship follows the selection guidelines and procedure of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Center (APPIC), and thus application materials are not accepted directly by the program.

In the APPIC match process, successful candidates will match with one primary placement in the internship, although they may list multiple placements on their match rank-order list. Given the significant differences between the assessment and treatment tracks, candidates have historically been a good fit for one or the other track and, therefore, are required to apply only to one track.

Successful candidates on the Treatment Track will have a strong background in behavioral theory and treatment, and/or other significant clinical experience with individuals with developmental disabilities.

Successful candidates on the Assessment Track will have considerable standardized assessment experience, including some experience with autism or other developmental disabilities.

The internship requires a minimum of 500 combined hours practicum, which may include and assessment and treatment experiences. Preference is given to applicants from programs accredited by the APA or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). Foreign nationals are encouraged to apply and must arrange on their own any work visa required to hold a paid trainee position for the duration of the internship. We welcome applications from both PhD and PsyD programs.

Application Materials and Deadline

All applicants to the Internship program are managed via the APPIC application and match process. In accordance with their guidelines, candidates must submit the following:
  1. A complete APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (APPI), curriculum vitae, official transcripts of all graduate coursework, and letters of recommendation written by three professors or work supervisors must be uploaded to the application portal.
  2. As an optional component, applicants man upload abstracts or publications from scholarly work, and/or work samples.
The Deadline for receipt of all application materials is November 1st. Qualified applications will be reviewed and interview notifications will be issued by the first Monday in December. On-site interviews are required, and will be held on four to five dates in the month of January.

Notification of Application Status

This internship site 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. Notice of acceptance into the Internship program will be extended via the computer matching service and a subsequent phone call. Confirmation is documented to new interns and their graduate program Directors of Clinical Training soon after the completion of the match.

Start Date

The Internship program begins on the first Monday in July. Alternate starting dates are not negotiable.