The Psychology Doctoral Internship Program in Health Service Psychology provides clinical, assessment, and research training to prepare doctoral students for careers as child or pediatric psychologists. We offer a developmental-based approach to training that emphasizes a fit between an intern’s experience and collaborative goals identified by the supervisor and intern. Given the integration of our program into a medical setting, we provide ample opportunity for assessing and treating youth and their families from a biopsychosocial perspective, with a strong emphasis on the integration of our patients’ cultural, linguistic, religious, and ethnic identities.

For the 2023-2024 training year, we are offering the following major rotations:

Integrated Primary Care (IPC): Interns in the IPC rotation will be placed within a primary care clinic working alongside providers (i.e., physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants), residents, nursing staff, social work, and behavioral health navigators to provide support for youth and families facing a range of mental health, physical health, and environmental concerns. Interns will be trained in brief, evidence-based assessment and intervention services that are delivered in conjunction with medical and community healthcare.

Neurodevelopmental Assessment Rotations: Interns will have the opportunity to provide developmental assessments to children through both St. Christopher's Hospital for Children (SCHC) referrals and referrals from our partnering community-based agencies. Referral questions often focus on diagnosis and rule out of developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Interns will have the opportunity to partner with staff psychologists to administer and code measures like the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2 (ADOS-2) and provide administration and scoring of the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development – 4, and other standardized assessment tools.

In addition to the two major rotations, interns will have the opportunity to rotate through minor rotations, which may include Gastroenterology/Weight Management Program, Endocrinology, Neonatal Follow-up Program, and the Child Protection Program. Interns may also choose one of the major rotations as a minor rotation. Minor rotations will be assigned based on clinic demands and intern interests.

SCHC's internship is not currently a member of APPIC. SCHC has submitted an application to participate in the APPIC match as a member. APPIC membership is based on a review and approval process, and is not guaranteed.

Application Instructions

Applications are welcome from students currently enrolled in APA Accredited Clinical, School, or Counseling Psychology Doctoral Programs. Applicants must complete all coursework, including proposal of their dissertation, and completion of comprehensive examinations, prior to beginning internship. Currently, we have no minimum hour requirement for direct patient experience or assessment completed by applicants; however, prior assessment experience is recommended. Eligible applicants must have previous practicum experience with a child or adolescent population.

Materials Needed

Applicants are required to submit materials through the AAPI Online portal available through www.appic.org. Additionally, the following materials are required for a complete application:

  1. A cover letter describing your interests, training goals, and previous experiences and how they fit into the curriculum and mission at SCHC.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Full AAPI application (including essays, hours, and DCT confirmation)
  4. Graduate Transcripts
  5. Three letters of recommendation, including two from supervisors familiar with your direct clinical work.
  6. A de-identified writing sample. This can be a report, treatment plan, or other relevant document reflective of clinical practice.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by all staff psychologists currently involved in supervising interns. We will consider applicants who have a solid background in clinical work and application of scientific knowledge based on their graduate program. Ideal applicants will have experience with assessment, intervention, research, and the ability to successfully collaborate and communicate within an interdisciplinary setting. Applicants will be offered interviews based on determination of goodness-of-fit between training goals, experience, and the goals of SCHC’s psychology internship.

Interviews

Given the current safety measures due to COVID-19, all interviews will be virtual. Requests for onsite interviews may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis. The interview day will consist of meetings with supervising psychologists and other ancillary staff, a virtual tour of SCHC, an information session with the training director, and opportunities to meet with current trainees at SCHC.

Additional Requirements

All applicants who match with SCHC are required to undergo and adhere to onboarding policies required for all Tower Health and SCHC employees. Requirements include the following:

  • All employees are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in addition to all regulatory vaccines (e.g., MMR, hepatitis B, flu vaccine, etc.) prior to their start date. This follows Tower Health policy, as well as mandates instituted by the City of Philadelphia. Exceptions are provided on a case-by-case basis.

  • All employees are subjected to background checks and drug testing prior to their start date.  Background checks may include fingerprinting and obtaining clearances through ChildLine.