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Psychology Internship

To apply, complete online application at www.appic.org 
Psychology Internship Brochure 


Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology 

Deadline for submitting an internship application
Sunday, November 1, 2021

Important information for 2022-2023 cohort applicants

1) In the cover letter, applicants should clearly identify or list their UMass-WRCH internship rotations of interest.

2) Applicants invited for interviews will meet with internship training staff virtually. All interviews will be conducted online. There will be no in-person interviews or planned visits to the UMass-WRCH facilities.

3) As of August 10, 2021, all faculty and staff employees of UMass Chan Medical School must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment; this applies to psychology interns, who are considered UMass employees. (Employees of WRCH are also required to be fully vaccinated.) UMass allows certain exemptions for individuals with approved medical or religious accommodations. If you have questions or would like to learn more about this policy, please contact the UMass-WRCH Co-Directors of Intern Training (contact information contained in the brochure).  

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Date Program Tables are updated: 9/23/2021

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

Applicants must be in good standing in a doctoral program in psychology in an accredited educational institution and must have completed at least two years of graduate study prior to the internship year. Applicants must have completed appropriate practica and be approved by their Director of Training as prepared for internship. Preference will be given to students from clinical psychology programs accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours

N

Y

Amount: N/A

Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours

N

Y

Amount: 50

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

One factor to which we pay close attention is whether the training experiences that we provide are consistent with the needs and interests of the candidate, insofar as those needs and interests are expressed in the application. We especially welcome applications from minority group members. While the law of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts expressly prohibits asking for such information, those candidates who wish to provide this information will enable us to be consistent with valuable affirmative action policies.


Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns

31,200

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns

N/A

Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?

Yes

No

If access to medical insurance is provided:

 

Trainee contribution to cost required?

Yes

No

Coverage of family member(s) available?

Yes

No

Coverage of legally married partner available?

Yes

No

Coverage of domestic partner available?

Yes

No

Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)

104 hours

Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave

0 hours

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?

Yes

 

Other Benefits: Paid state and federal holidays.

*Note. Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table


Initial Post-Internship Positions
(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)

 

2017-2020

Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts

11

Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree.

 

0

PD  Post-doctoral residency position
EP  Employed position

PD

EP

Academic teaching   1
Community mental health center 1  
Consortium    
University Counseling Center    
Hospital/Medical Center 3  
Veterans Affairs Health Care System 2  
Psychiatric facility 1  
Correctional facility 1  
Health maintenance organization    
School district/system    
Independent practice setting    
Other 2  

Admission Policy

Interview Process

The interview dates for recruiting Intern applicants are to be determined. Interviews will be virtual and will take place on one of four dates in December 2021 and January 2022.

Overview

Structure of the Internship

Faculty and Staff 

The University of Massachusetts Medical School and Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital offer a doctoral internship in psychology. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. It is one of the oldest continuously offered internships in psychology in the country. 

The program offers three full-time funded internship positions that carry a stipend of $31,200 per year, subject to availability of funds. The program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers and subscribes to its uniform notification procedures. 

There are several requirements and guiding principles we follow in this selection process:

Applicants must be in good standing in a doctoral program in psychology in an accredited educational institution and must have completed at least two years of graduate study prior to the internship year. Applicants must have completed appropriate practica and be approved by their Director of Training as prepared for internship. Preference will be given to students from clinical psychology programs accredited by the American Psychological Association.

We do not publish any minimum number of intervention hours but seek interns with at least 50 hours of assessment. We carefully review each application to see the “goodness of fit”, i.e., the match of your stated training goals and experience with what our internship has to offer. Your application essay should clearly describe your training goals, state your track preference (general or forensic), and identify the potential rotations you are considering to reach those goals. We do look closely at the breadth of practicum experiences an applicant has and how their doctoral training has prepared them to be trained at an intermediate to advanced level. We review the applicant’s coursework to see if the academic preparation is consistent with the type of training activities the intern will pursue.

The contact information for the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association is:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979
apaaccred@apa.org

Requests for printed brochures should be emailed to:

John P. Terry, Ph.D.
Director of Psychology Intern Training
John.Terry@umassmemorial.org