Succeeding in Graduate School: The Career Guide for Psychology Students

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Applying to Professional Psychology
Internship Programs
W. Gregory Keilin
Madonna G. Constantine

The predoctoral internship year in professional psychology is the capstone to graduate students' doctoral training experience. The internship generally integrates the theoretical and practical aspects of students' training, and requires of them a much greater level of responsibility and accountability. For many students, it is a time of great personal and professional growth, and a time during which their identity as a psychologist begins to solidify.

Finding the “right” internship can be both an exciting and challenging process. It is essential that the preparation for this experience begins early in students' graduate careers. The goal of this chapter is to help you successfully navigate the internship selection process, including: (a) finding an internship program that best meets your needs, (b) handling the application and interviewing procedures, (c) dealing with the computer match, and (d) making the transition from graduate school to internship.


INTERNSHIP 101

The psychology internship is generally completed on either a 1-year, full-time or a 2-year, half-time basis. Completing a predoctoral internship is a required part of the doctoral degree program of most counseling, clinical, and school psychology programs. It is generally completed in an applied setting, such as a Veterans Administration Medical Center, psychiatric hospital, university counseling center, community mental health center, or other types of agencies that emphasize clinical practice.

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