Oakland PSC Internship | Application Procedures
INTERNSHIP APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
The PSC Internship aspires to provide the highest level of training, supporting interns to gain the skills and competencies necessary to serve as professional psychologists.
The internship subscribes to the Practitioner-Scholar Training Model; emphasis is placed on the development of clinical skills anchored in sound psychological principles and scientific inquiry. The PSC prepares interns to become competent, ethical, practitioner-scholars by:
- Assessing and closely monitoring development over the course of the internship year;
- Providing a strong integration of science and practice through ongoing case conferences, professional seminars, and weekly didactic training; and
- Providing diversity in clientele, theoretical orientations, and work settings, affording interns the opportunity to practice in a variety of roles and settings.
The PSC interns are encouraged to become life-long learners who engage in ongoing continuing education, scholarship, and professional development.
Prospective interns must have completed their required coursework, supervised practicum and be in good standing with their psychology training program. Interns from both Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs are encouraged to apply. While interns from APA-accredited programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology will be given preference, the internship will consider applicants from non-APA accredited programs if coursework is equivalent in breadth and depth to APA-accredited programs.
Additionally, prospective candidates must have:
- At least 1,000 practicum experience hours, including a minimum of 125 hours of assessment experience, in settings appropriate for a doctoral level psychology student.
- Acquired practicum experience at two independent sites.
The Oakland PSC uses the APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI). To apply, please login to http://www.appic.org/AAPI. Applicants need to upload a cover letter along with the following:
- A completed 2014-15 application form APPI form available at http://www.appic.org
- A current Curriculum Vitae;
- Official graduate program transcripts;
- Three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the interns’ clinical skills (at least one letter must be from a clinical supervisor);
- One de-identified testing report completed by the applicant (a clinical writing sample is acceptable for applicants who have not completed assessment reports);
- A letter of readiness from the applicant’s training director.
* The application deadline is November 15, 2013
Upon receipt of an application, the PSC will review all materials. If an application is deemed incomplete, the PSC will contact the prospective intern, providing him/her with an opportunity to submit complete documentation within a set timeframe. An applicant who has submitted a complete packet, and who meets internship eligibility advances to the second stage of the review process.
INTERN SELECTION PROCESS
The intern selection process begins with an evaluation of the candidate’s application packet by the Training Director and selection committee comprised of licensed psychologists who supervise in the internship. Through this process, the selection committee rates each application based upon criteria including:
- Information contained in the application packet;
- The hours and type of direct client service experience;
- The hours and type of assessment experience;
- Breadth of experience in treating diverse populations;
- Breadth of experience in treating populations similar to those served by the PSC;
- Perceived level of interest in the PSC.
They are also rated using a system reflective of the program’s goals and values. Applicants eliminated from consideration during the initial evaluation will be notified in accordance with APPIC policies.
Candidates who pass the initial evaluation will be invited to an in-person interview with the Training Director and internship staff. Under special circumstances, a telephone interview may be permitted. All applicants are required to participate in a day long interview at the PSC. This in-person interview will take approximately five hours and consists of an informational session with the Training Director, two group interviews (45 minutes each), two individual interviews (30 minutes each) and a light lunch, during which applicants will have a chance to speak with a panel of current interns.
An additional rating is assigned to each candidate based upon his/her interview. In accordance with APPIC guidelines, each prospective intern will be assigned a “rank,” reflective of the average of ratings from the initial evaluation and the interview. Additionally, the Training Director follows the guidelines outlined in “Interviewing Applicants with Disabilities for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Internship Positions,” published by the Disability Issues Officer of the American Psychological Association.
The Training Director completes the APPIC Ranking Form and then submits the rankings to APPIC. Once an intern is matched to the PSC, he/she will be notified by the APPIC matching service. Within 72 hours thereafter, the intern will receive an official follow-up letter from the PSC.