Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Frequently Asked Questions
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Who is eligible to apply to your internship?
This internship is only for graduate students who are in the process of completing a doctoral degree in professional psychology from either: (a) a regionally accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States; or (b) in the case of Canadian programs, the institution is publicly recognized as a member in good standing by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
How many applications do you receive?
Last year, we received 431 applications for our 6 positions.
How many applications do you interview and how do you decide?
We typically select approximately 25 applicants to be interviewed in each of the specializations. Selections are made based on a review of the entire application package. We recognize that there are many, many excellent applicants that are not invited for an interview.
We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and make all employment decisions based on the ability and qualifications of the individual applicant to perform the job and, as such, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, alienage, citizenship status, or any other legally protected category. In fact, applications from members of under-represented groups including minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
Where are you located?
The training sites for the Psychology Internship Training Program are located in or around Montefiore Medical Center’s Moses Campus in the Norwood section of the Bronx and Wakefield Campus in the Wakefield section of the Bronx. Contrary to the Bronx's reputation in movies, our neighborhood is beautiful, historic, and quite safe. In fact, we are adjacent to Van Cortlandt Park, the fourth largest park in New York City. We are easily accessible by car (parking is available at a cost), subway (just a 45 minute subway ride from Midtown Manhattan) and express bus.
What job benefits are offered?
In addition to the stipend of $40,000, interns receive full medical and dental benefits with a range of choices, as well as 20 vacation days, 12 sick days, and up to 3 conference days. Interns also receive $15.00 per day to supplement the cost of meals, subsidized housing (not guaranteed), and a $500 educational allowance that can be used toward textbooks, membership dues, software, PDAs, iPads, e-readers, etc.
Do you accept half-time interns for a two-year program?
Yes, but only under extraordinary circumstances and this is not typical. In addition, since there are typically few such applicants, we would need to make special arrangements. Therefore, candidates wishing to pursue this option may not be considered within the computerized match and should mention an interest in pursuing this option during their interviews here.
Are the current interns satisfied with the program?
When you are invited for an interview, you will have an opportunity to speak with our current interns about their experiences here, and to follow up with them at a later time. We ask our interns to formally evaluate the program at the end of the year across all areas (supervision, rotations, didactics, etc.) and our interns uniformly rate our training program as excellent and report being very satisfied. They frequently comment on being particularly impressed by the high quality of supervision, the intensity of the clinical training and the flexibility of the training program to meet their specific professional development needs.
Are child/adolescent track interns allowed to treat adult patients, and are adult track interns allowed to treat children and adolescents?
Yes. Interns essentially create their own roster of patients from among the entire list of ambulatory clinics.
Are child/adolescent and combined track interns allowed to do an inpatient or psychiatric emergency room rotation?
Yes. However, since the inpatient rotation requires a nearly full-time commitment, the intern's outpatient case load would need to be significantly reduced during that time. Thus, these rotations would occur during the last month of the year in order to avoid unnecessary interruptions in the treatment of outpatients.
Are interns in the child/adolescent track and adult track able to treat outpatients during their inpatient or psychiatric emergency room rotations?
Yes. Interns will have the time to treat two or three outpatients during those rotations.
Can interns continue to treat patients who they have been seeing during their graduate training?
It is possible, however, these patients would need to be registered in our outpatient clinics based on their insurance and geographic eligibility, and be seen on-site. Our clinics accept only certain insurances, and have a sliding scale policy for self-pay patients.
Do interns have an opportunity to participate in research?
Yes. The psychology faculty at Montefiore has an active research program in anxiety and depression, personality disorders, behavioral health services utilization, psychological assessment using self-report tests, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, adolescent suicide, and neuropsychology and cognitive remediation.
Interns have historically participated in all aspects of research from study design and literature review, to subject recruitment and data collection, to data analysis and dissemination of findings. Interns frequently present data at scientific conferences, and have served as first authors and co-authors on numerous scholarly papers and book chapters. For a summary of the faculty publications, presentations, and workshops on which previous interns have participated, click here.
Do interns have access to computers and the Internet?
Yes. Every office has a computer with high-speed internet access and all interns are assigned a hospital email address. The Department of Psychiatry uses an electronic medical record and interns are expected to record all progress notes and treatment plans electronically.
Do interns succeed in finding employment after the internship year?
Yes. Although the job market is highly competitive, graduates of the Montefiore internship have an excellent track record of finding initial employment. Many graduates are recruited into clinical and research staff positions at Montefiore or its affiliated institutions. Our interns are marketable, in part, because they have developed special clinical skills (i.e., neuropsychological assessment, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy) and worked with unique populations (suicidal adolescents, AIDS patients, anxiety and depressed patients, and substance abusers). Click here for a list of our program graduates and the postdoctoral positions they have taken.