Psychology Internship Program Structure and Requirements

Interns are required to select rotations that fulfill requirements in each of the three clinical core areas - assessment, consultation, and intervention and prevention - in each half of the year. See below for descriptions of each core rotation.

Interns are also involved in the following professional experiences throughout the training year and are expected to spend approximately four hours in each of these activities:

  • Didactics: participation in a planned series of didactic experiences
  • LEND Research: Interns select a year-long research leadership project through the LEND Program.
  • Clinical supervision
  • Internship requirements

    Completion of the Psychology Internship Program requires a minimum of 1,900 hours of supervised clinical experience and participation in our program on a full-time basis for one full year beginning on the Monday closest to July 1. Although interns may reach the maximum hour requirement prior to the official ending date (on or near June 30), interns are expected to continue clinical responsibilities until that date. If illness or some other circumstance makes it impossible to meet the 1,900-hour minimum definition of the internship by the official ending date, special arrangements will be made to ensure satisfactory completion of the Internship Training Program.


    During the internship year at CHOP, interns will not be allowed to participate in any other outside professional activities without first being granted permission. Interns are also not allowed to provide clinical services to the public outside of the purview of the internship. Non-funded supervised clinical service of a training nature will be considered. All other activities will be considered for approval on an individual basis.

  • Core training areas and clinical rotation options

    Each semester, interns select an array of three to four rotations, including one rotation from each of our three functional competency areas:

    Assessment »

    • Center for Management of ADHD
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) School Age
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders Young Child
    • KIDDS Study
    • Neonatal Follow-up Program
    • Neuropsychology Service
    • Oncology
    • Psychological/Psycho-Educational Assessment

    Consultation »

    • Behavioral Health Integrated Program (Consultation Liaison)
    • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
    • Oncology Survivorship Clinic
    • Rehabilitation Psychology
    • Regional Autism Center
    • Solid Organ Transplant Program
    • Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center
    • Pediatric Sleep Center
    • Plastic Surgery: Facial Reconstruction Center
    • Pediatric Primary Care
    • Stroke Clinic

    Intervention and Prevention »

    • Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome (AMPS)
    • Behavioral Health in Urban Schools Initiative
    • Center for Management of ADHD
      • Group Treatment for Families
      • Individual Family
    • School and Community Support Programs
      • PRAISE Program and Violence Prevention Initiative
    • Child and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich, and Anxiety Group (CoTTAGe)
    • ABC: the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at CHOP
    • Depression Clinic
    • Eating Disorders Program
    • Pediatric Primary Care (please see description under Consultation)
    • The Family Stress and Illness Program (FSIP)
    • Gastroenterology and Nutrition
    • Oncology Survivorship
  • Didactic training

    Numerous seminar series are available to Interns throughout the training year. Seminars are sequential, building upon previous knowledge and skills, and organized around achievement of the core competencies.

    The following is a description of seminars attended by interns:

    • Behavioral Health Seminar. This required department-wide seminar series meets twice a month and is open to the entire Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, which is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Seminars are organized into training modules related to a unifying theme. Faculty, trainees, and outside presenters take responsibility for conducting seminars that are interactive and geared toward the professional development of all attendees.
    • Training Proseminar. This required seminar series meets monthly and is designed to educate interns and fellows about professional issues pertaining to clinical practice, working with families of diverse backgrounds, collegial relationships, ethics, professional standards, professional development, and career development
    • LEND Seminar Series. Interns are required to attend weekly seminars (three to four hours total) on a variety of topics related to neurodevelopmental disabilities and the development of leadership skills within the healthcare environment.
    • Rotation Specific Seminars. Many clinical rotations sponsor ongoing seminars or staff meetings that are required or offered to interns on the rotation.
    • Peer Supervision Seminar. This seminar meets monthly and is designed to provide experience in case presentation as well as additional faculty and peer consultation on pediatric psychology intervention cases. 
    • Interdisciplinary Seminar in Community-Based Practice. This required series of journal presentations is related to the care of medically underserved populations, and includes psychology interns as well as child and adolescent psychiatry fellows. The journal presentations are supplemented by case related discussion.
    • Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds and Teaching Rounds. This monthly rounds features nationally/internationally recognized experts in behavioral health and is open to the entire medical center community. Departmental trainees also participate in case-based teaching rounds with the invited speaker.
    • Additional multidisciplinary seminars may be scheduled.
  • Interdisciplinary training: The LEND Program

    Psychology interns participate in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program, which provides training in an interdisciplinary forum.

    As LEND fellows, CHOP interns devote three to four hours per week to a LEND Core Curriculum. The Psychology Internship Program research requirement is mentored through the LEND program. Psychology interns will spend approximately three additional hours per week on other LEND related activities, such as community and outreach programs regarding children with special needs, and work with families of children with special needs on improving the delivery of services and supports.

    CHOP has also been awarded supplemental funding to support expanded training in ASD in collaboration with the Center for Autism Research. For all LEND fellows, this includes additional coursework in ASD, ASD research and community projects, training in ASD screening, and opportunities to observe ASD assessments at the Autism Integrated Care Program.

    One internship position is reserved for an intern who has selected autism as their area of emphasis. This intern will participate in the LEND program, complete the Autism Assessment Rotations, focus on autism in their research, and will participate as a postdoctoral fellow through the Center for Autism Research following the internship year.

    Learn more about the LEND Training Program.

  • Community rotations

    Children and Public Policy

    The Children and Policy rotation is designed to provide the intern with exposure to public policy and experience working with community-based children’s advocates to ensure that public systems provide children and families the services they need for healthy well-being. This rotation involves strategic partnerships with advocacy organizations focused on healthcare, behavioral health, education, early child care, child welfare, juvenile justice, disabilities rights, and public funding of children’s issues. The psychology trainee will work with attorneys, social workers, and public health professionals to learn more about the organization’s legal advocacy and community projects. The trainee will assist with a project or educational publication and provide consultation and technical assistance.

  • Research

    Interns, as LEND fellows, are required to participate in an interdisciplinary research project with LEND fellows from other disciplines (e.g. audiology, physical therapy, developmental pediatrics), resulting in a poster presentation in May. The Internship Program provides four hours per week support to allow interns time to develop their leadership research project. The goal of the research requirement is to support the development of research leadership skills. Interns can choose to participate on an existing project in collaboration with their discipline research mentor or develop a new project. It is expected that interns will engage in a research project separate from their dissertations.

    Numerous resources are available to interns conducting research, including the extensive library system of the University of Pennsylvania as well as mentoring from numerous faculty at both the university and hospital.

Reviewed on March 10, 2014