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Psychology Internship

Psychology Internship

The Psychology Internship's chief and overarching goal is to train advanced psychology doctoral-level students to lead to the competent preparation for entry-level practice into professional psychology.

Contact Us

For details on the Psychology Internship, contact Lisa Stack at lstack@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or

717-531-4120.

Application Requirements

The Psychology Internship will select prospective interns who are doctoral students during the current academic year and are currently matriculated in APA-approved clinical, counseling or school psychology programs. Prospective interns must be in good standing and be cleared for internship training by the Director of Training of their respective doctoral clinical programs. Applicants must also have completed at least 250 intervention hours and 250 assessment hours prior to beginning internship.

Applications must have at least two letters of recommendation, preferably three. Supplemental materials such as sample reports, etc. are welcome but not required. Also, when applying please indicate which track (pediatric or adult) you wish to pursue as well as indicate all areas of interest within your selected track from the available rotations.

For additional information regarding the application requirements, please see our program listing in the APPIC Directory.

Application Timeline

Applications are generally due in November for the following academic year. Interns selected for interviews are notified in early December, and interviews begin in January.

Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Psychology Internship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. This program is currently accredited on contingency by the American Psychological Association.

Here, you'll find a description of the program's philosophical underpinnings, mission, aims and goals, structure and requirements, and other pertinent information to assist prospective applicants gain knowledge about our unique training program. The Psychology Internship Training Program will have available three (3) full-time positions for doctoral students during the 2017-2018 academic year. The training program abides by the scientist-practitioner training model and it is guided by a developmental, bio-psychosocial perspective. The Internship is a one-year (12-month), 2,000 hours, clinical and research program with interns matched nationally through the APPIC Internship Matching Program. Annual salary is estimated at $24,003 plus benefits.

The program is horizontally organized along several competencies. In addition, there are vertical competencies involving diversity and individual differences, professional development and research that cut across the various horizontal competencies. The program is horizontally structured through two clinical tracks (Adult/Pediatric), and it is divided into two six-month blocks where interns perform two to three major rotations each. In addition, all interns select a year-long research project, satisfying competency in this area.

I encourage you to peruse our training program.

Antolin M. Llorente, PhD
Professor
Director, Psychology Internship
Department of Psychiatry
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Accreditation

The Psychology Internship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is currently accredited on contingency, by the American Psychological Association.

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First St. NE
Washington, DC 20002

Phone: 202-336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org

Rotations

The Psychology Internship provides instruction and experiential training using one of two major tracks (adult or pediatric). The internship program offers the following rotations:

  • Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Program
  • Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic
  • ASD/Autism Division Rotations (various clinics and groups for children, adolescents and adults)
  • Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinics (Child Attention and Behavior Clinic, Chronic Illness Clinic, Child Anxiety/CBT)
  • Child Diagnostic Clinic (children and adolescents from birth to 18 years old)
  • Child Inpatient Psychiatric Rotation
  • Comprehensive Surgical Weight Loss (Bariatric) Program (adults and adolescents only)
  • Consultation-Liaison Program (children, adolescents and adults)
  • Drug and Alcohol Consultation/Liver Transplant Rotation (minor rotation only)
  • Eating Disorders Clinics (children and adolescents ages 8 to 16)
  • Neuropsychology (Adult and Geriatric Neuropsychology, Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology)
  • Penn State Rehabilitation Hospital Neuropsychology Rotation (primarily adults)
  • The Strine Foundation TLC Clinic/Center for Protection of Children Rotation
  • Sleep Research and Treatment Center and Sleep Clinic (children, adolescents and adults)

Didactics

The Psychology Internship is geared toward providing exceptional instruction. In addition to their required attendance in specific didactics, interns are highly encouraged to attend other elective, formal learning forums within the Department of Psychiatry and in other departments (Pediatrics, Neurology, etc.), and more informal didactics within the medical center.

The following is a selected list of core didactics required for interns:

  • Professional Development Seminar Series (monthly)
  • Research Seminar Series (monthly)
  • Adult Didactics Seminar Series (bimonthly)
  • Pediatric Didactics Seminar Series (bimonthly)
  • Psychiatry Grand Rounds (first, third and fourth weeks of each month)

In addition, interns are required to attend a one-hour, biweekly didactic seminar series tailored to their specific rotation selected (e.g., Outpatient Psychiatry Rotation, Neuropsychology Rotation) as follows:

  • Pediatric Neuropsychology Didactic Seminar Series
  • Adult Neuropsychology Didactic Seminar Series
  • Didactic Seminar Series - Eating Disorders
  • Didactic Seminar Series - Oncology/Hematology and Bariatric
  • Outpatient Psychiatry Didactic Seminar Series
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Didactic Seminar Series
  • Didactic Seminar Series in Autism Spectrum Disorder
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