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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Psychology Internship

The American Psychological Association-accredited Psychology Internship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a one-year (12-month) program that admits three full-time doctoral students per year.

The program provides 2,000 hours of clinical and research training. Interns are matched nationally through the APPIC Internship Matching Program. The annual salary is estimated at $24,003 plus benefits.

See accreditation-required program details here or download a printable PDF version of the information here.

Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Psychology Internship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa. The training program abides by the scientist-practitioner training model and is guided by a developmental, bio-psychosocial perspective. Its goal is to train advanced psychology doctoral-level students, leading to competent preparation for entry-level practice into professional psychology.

Here, you'll find a description of the program's philosophical underpinnings, mission, aims and goals, structure and requirements and other pertinent information to assist prospective applicants in learning more about the training program.

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Antolin Llorente, MS, PhD, Director, Psychology Internship

The program is horizontally organized along several competencies. In addition, there are vertical competencies involving diversity and individual differences, professional development and research, all of which cut across the various horizontal competencies.

The program is horizontally structured through supervisory experiences and two clinical tracks (adult/pediatric) and divided into two six-month blocks, where interns perform two to three major rotations each.

I encourage you to peruse our training program.

Antolin M. Llorente, MS, PhD
Professor
Director, Psychology Internship
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Penn State Health/Penn State College of Medicine

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Application Requirements

The Psychology Internship selects prospective interns who are doctoral students during the current academic year and are currently matriculated in APA-approved clinical, counseling or school psychology programs.

Prospective interns must be in good standing and be cleared for internship training by the Director of Training of their respective doctoral clinical programs. Applicants must also have completed at least 250 intervention hours and 250 assessment hours before beginning their internship.

How to Apply

Applications must include least two letters of recommendation, preferably three. Supplemental materials such as sample reports, etc., are welcomed but not required.

When applying, applicants should indicate which track (pediatric or adult) they wish to pursue, as well as all areas of interest within their selected track from the available rotations.

See the program's listing in the APPIC directory for details.

Apply now via APPIC Match

Application Timeline

Applications are generally due in November for the following academic year. Interns selected for interviews are notified in early December, and interviews begin in January.

Accreditation Details

The Psychology Internship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

For further information, call the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at 202-336-5979 (TDD 202-336-6123), email apaaccre@apa.org or visit their website.

Information may also be requested by mail to:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First St. NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Rotations

The Psychology Internship provides instruction and experiential training using one of two major tracks: adult or pediatric. The internship program offers the following rotations:

  • Adult inpatient psychiatric program
  • Adult outpatient psychiatric clinic
  • ASD/autism division rotations (various clinics and groups for children, adolescents and adults)
  • Child and adolescent outpatient clinics (child attention and behavior clinic, chronic illness clinic, child anxiety/CBT)
  • Child diagnostic clinic (children and adolescents from birth to 18 years old)
  • Child inpatient psychiatric rotation
  • Comprehensive surgical weight loss (bariatric) program (adults and adolescents only)
  • Consultation-liaison program (children, adolescents and adults)
  • Drug and alcohol consultation/liver transplant rotation (minor rotation only)
  • Eating disorders clinics (children and adolescents 8 to 16 years old)
  • Neuropsychology (adult and geriatric neuropsychology, child and adolescent neuropsychology)
  • Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital neuropsychology rotation (primarily adults)
  • Sleep research and treatment center and sleep clinic (children, adolescents and adults)

Didactics

The Psychology Internship is geared toward providing exceptional instruction. In addition to required attendance in specific didactics, interns are highly encouraged to attend other elective, formal learning forums within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and in other departments (Pediatrics, Neurology, etc.), and more informal didactics within the medical center.

The following is a selected list of core didactics required for interns:

  • Professional development seminar series (monthly)
  • Research seminar series (monthly)
  • Adult didactics seminar series (bimonthly)
  • Pediatric didactics seminar series (bimonthly)
  • Psychiatry Grand Rounds (first, third and fourth weeks of each month)

In addition, interns are required to attend a one-hour, biweekly didactic seminar series tailored to their specific rotation selected (e.g., outpatient psychiatry rotation, neuropsychology rotation) as follows:

  • Pediatric neuropsychology didactic seminar series
  • Adult neuropsychology didactic seminar series
  • Eating disorders didactic seminar series
  • Oncology/hematology and bariatric didactic seminar series
  • Outpatient psychiatry didactic seminar series
  • Inpatient psychiatric didactic seminar series
  • Autism spectrum disorder didactic seminar series

Current Interns

Past Interns

Program Leadership

For additional details on the Psychology Internship, including a current copy of the training handbook, email Rebecca Bomgardner at rbomgardner@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.