Application and Intern Selection Process
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Application and Intern Selection Process

Internship Year 2017-2018 Application Process

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Application deadline is 11:59pm Eastern Time on November 4, 2016

The Psychology Internship Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center is a participating member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). As such, we abide by all APPIC Match Policies. Applicants for our internship must complete the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Application for Psychology Internships Online ("AAPI Online").

The complete AAPI Online must include:

  • A cover letter indicating which specialization you are applying to (you may only apply to ONE): adult, child and adolescent, or combined and why you believe you are a good match for that specialization.
  • AAPI Online
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (using the revised APPIC Standardized Reference Form (SRF))
  • Official graduate school transcript(s)

We do NOT:

  • Require any supplementary materials (so please do NOT send any additional letters, reports, etc.)
  • Have any minimum requirements in terms of intervention or assessment hours!
    • All candidates with a minimum of 3 years of graduate training are welcome to apply!

Intern Selection Process

  • Interns must be either:
    • In the process of completing a doctoral degree in professional psychology from a regionally accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States; or
    • 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.
  • Interns must have completed adequate and appropriate supervised practicum training, which must include face-to-face delivery of professional psychological services.
  • Interns must have interests, aptitudes, and prior academic and practicum experiences that are appropriate for our internship's goals and objectives.

Application Review Process

Applications are reviewed by a team of faculty members from each specialization of the internship training program.

  • The faculty members consider factors such as:
    • Clinical training and qualifications: practica, externships, other relevant clinical experiences
    • Academic training and qualifications: GPA, scholarly activity, evaluation by the Training Director
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Research interests and dissertation progress
    • Cover letter, personal statement, training goals (i.e. match for our site)

Note: We do not have any minimum practica and academic requirements other than those specified in the APPIC Match Policies. 

Each application is reviewed by a minimum of 2-3 faculty members. After all of the applications have been reviewed, a meeting is held by the faculty to discuss each applicant's application and to determine which of the applicants will be invited for an interview.

Last year (2016-17) our site received approximately 350 applications for our 8 positions (we typically among the top sites, in terms of number of applications received). Unfortunately, we are only able to invite a limited number of candidates (approximately 40) to be interviewed and, as a result, inevitably must decline to interview some very well-qualified applicants. Applicants who are not selected for interviews will be notified via email on or before 4:59PM Eastern Time on December 16, 2016, as is specified in the APPIC Directory.

Applicants remaining under consideration will be notified via email and offered an opportunity to visit Montefiore Medical Center on one of several interview days, which typically occur in the first two weeks of January. There are a limited number of slots available on each day and these will be filled on first-come, first-served basis.

While an on-site interview is preferred, we recognize that there may be circumstances (e.g., financial, schedule, weather, etc.) that would make visiting in person prohibitive. In these cases, applicants will instead be offered a phone (or Skype) interview. These interviews also occur in early January, and will be arranged at a time convenient to both the applicant and interviewer(s).

Interview Day

Our interview day consists of an orientation/overview given by the Director and Associate Director of Psychology Training, followed by several individual interviews (at times conducted by paired faculty members), and concluding with a lunch and site tour with one or more of our current interns. Typically, intern candidates are asked to arrive around 8:30am and leave by about 2:00pm.

Please note that all candidates will be asked for permission to be photographed at the interview day. These photographs are taken strictly to jog the memories of the interviewers, so that the applicant will more easily spring to mind during the Ranking Meeting (see below).

For telephone interviews, the applicant may be interviewed by one or more of our team of faculty members, either in a conference call, or in a series of separate calls.

In either case, applicants are evaluated independently by each interviewer on factors such as psychological knowledge, ability to communicate clinical concepts, and compatibility/match for our site.

Ranking Meeting

After all of the interviews have been conducted, meeting is held by the faculty members who conducted interviews. At this meeting, a decision is made concerning whether an applicant should remain under consideration or be eliminated from consideration. Applicants no longer under consideration will be notified via email of this decision.

Applicants remaining under consideration will be rank-ordered based on a consensus of the reviewers. Reviewers consider the application materials and interview when determining where to rank each candidate. Applicants will be ranked on separate lists for the Adult specialization (Match #144312), the Child/Adolescent specialization (Match #144313), and the Combined specialization (Match #144314).

Note: Applicants must use these match numbers to identify the specialization when ranking our program. 

The Psychology Internship Training Program participates in the APPIC Internship Matching Program. As such, the program submits the rankings electronically to National Matching Services, Inc. by the prescribed deadline, which will be 11:59PM Eastern Time on February 1, 2017.

Additional Policies Governing Intern Selection

This psychology internship training program 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.

The Psychology Internship Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in all of its activities, including employment. We 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.

Applications from members of under-represented groups including minorities are especially encouraged to apply.