Psychology Education and Training Program

How to Apply

Application Process

Eligibility Criteria

In screening applicants, a high priority is placed on selecting candidates who are the strongest match given their training goals and the program mission. This includes applicants who intend to pursue a career integrating research and practice focus on working with the underserved, and those who demonstrate leadership interests. Interns must be in good standing in a doctoral program in professional psychology accredited by American Psychological Association (APA). Nine Internship positions are available, matched to the following internship program tracks: autism spectrum disorders (1), clinical psychology (ADHD, anxiety and depression) (1), pediatric psychology (2), pediatric neuropsychology (1), and behavioral health integrated care (new track) (4).

By the beginning of the Internship, applicants should have their coursework completed as well as 500 hours or more of supervised clerkship, externship or practicum training. It is required that applicants will have completed all major coursework requirements and qualifying examinations for their doctoral degree and have only the dissertation requirement to meet when beginning the Internship.

We expect applicants to have successfully defended a dissertation proposal and to have collected data for the dissertation study prior to the start of the internship, and we will give preference to those applicants who have completed their dissertation defense. The intern should have a reasonable certainty of being granted the doctoral degree within one year of starting the internship.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Under-represented minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Individuals with physical mobility concerns

It is CHOP policy not to discriminate against a candidate for employment (including internship) on the basis of a physical handicap or mobility problem. If an intern with a mobility problem is selected for our program, we will work collaboratively with professionals in our Departments of Human Resources, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Audiology, Speech and Language to develop suitable accommodations.

Required application materials

The interested applicant should submit the following, using the APPIC on-line application process:

Application Deadline

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is November 1, 2013. Applications will not be considered unless all required application materials are received by this deadline.

Questions can be addressed via e-mail to:


Subsequent to faculty review of each completed application, we will invite selected applicants for an on-site interview. On-site interviews will be held on Jan. 3, 10 and 17, 2014. If an on-site interview is not feasible or affordable for an invited candidate, a telephone interview will be arranged. Interview notification date will be on or before Dec. 13, 2013. All applicants will be notified of their application status via e-mail by this date.

Interview day includes presentations outlining the Department, the internship, and additional requirements. Candidates will receive a tour and lunch with the current intern class. Each candidate will have two interviews followed by a wrap-up question and answer session and reception. Meeting specific area supervisors is attempted if an applicant has a specific area of interest and would like to meet with the supervisor. However, if that is not possible on interview day, telephone and e-mail information will be provided to ensure contact is possible.

Intern Selection

Each completed application is reviewed and discussed by the Psychology Training Advisory Committee. Interns are selected according to the procedures set forth by the Association of Psychology Post-doctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). By the beginning of February, applicants will be ranked along the track specified, and five rank order lists will be submitted to the Internship Matching Program. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

Following receipt of computerized match results, matched candidates will be contacted by telephone.

Applicants will be informed of the credentialing process required before a formal offer of employment can be extended. The Hospital-wide credentialing process includes:

Expenses associated with these screening procedures are covered by the hospital. There is a hospital-wide prohibition against staff/faculty use of tobacco products.

The Psychology Internship Program, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, is accredited by:

The American Psychological Association
Commission on Accreditation
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, Education Directorate
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
Fax: 202-336-5978

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