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Welcome to the Clinical Psychology Internship and Externship Programs

Maimonides Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry offers internship and externship programs in clinical psychology. Our program exposes interns to a culturally diverse patient population, inpatient and outpatient treatment approaches, and the psychiatric emergency room. Upon completion, interns can diagnostically assess and treat all levels of mental illness within the public mental health sector, including hospital-based settings.

Our Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)

American Psychological Association

The Psychology Externship program

The Psychology Externship Experience

The Clinical Psychology Externship Program offers experiences in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Service, and the Wellness Recovery Program.  Externs may work directly with patients in individual, group, and family therapy. They receive at least 1 hour of weekly supervision and participate in all aspects of treatment related to their assigned unit. They receive additional supervision for psycho-diagnostic evaluations.

In weekly group sessions, externs receive additional instruction in psychopharmacology, career development, the role of multiculturalism in therapy, and child and adolescent trauma treatment. They also receive peer supervision from a current intern.

How to apply

Externs must have a master’s degree at the start of their externship. They must be able to conduct therapy sessions and administer the full battery of basic psychological tests. They must also be present at the hospital for 16 hours spread over 2 days, including Fridays for didactics. Externships start the 1st Monday after Labor Day and end approximately June 30.

To apply, please:

  • Submit a letter from the university internship director signifying readiness to begin an externship year
  • Provide by email:
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Cover letter  stating preferred rotation  and indicating that you will have obtained your master’s degree by the beginning of the externship year
    • Transcript (does not have to be official)

Once accepted, externs must provide:

  • A physical and proof of a purified protein derivative  (PPD) tuberculosis test, as Maimonides will not be able to perform in-house examinations
  • Malpractice insurance from their respective schools as per university guidelines

Externs currently in our service must wait at least 1 year after externship completion to apply for an internship at Maimonides. Interviews are arranged by e-mail, according to the dates set by the Doctor of Psychology NY (PSYDNY) guidelines for scheduling interviews and notification of applicants.

The Psychology Internship program

The Psychology Internship experience

The multi-disciplinary Internship Program features 4-month-long rotations through the Adult Inpatient Unit, the Wellness Recovery Program, and Assessment and Disposition, which includes smaller rotations in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Service, the Adult Outpatient Service, Pediatric Psychology and the Psychiatric Emergency Department.

Interns are expected to become fully integrated into each assigned unit, and participate in all treatment and clinical activities. Each intern has 2 supervisors for long-term cases – 1 for child/adolescent cases and 1 for adult cases – and receives several hours of weekly supervision, including group supervision in their units of rotation, peer supervision from a current intern, and additional supervision for psychodiagnostic testing. Interns are also assigned a psychology extern to mentor/supervise.

How to apply

The Clinical Psychology Internship Program considers students only from APA-accredited programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. Applications are due November 15th.

Preference is given to candidates with:

  • A dissertation proposal approved by the internship start date
  • An expressed interest in working with a multicultural population in the public sector
  • At least 3 years of graduate/clinical experience
  • At least 400 intervention hours by the start of the internship
  • At least 150 assessment hours by the start of the internship
  • Clinical and psychological testing experience with both children and adults
  • Experience with varied treatment approaches and assessment methods/materials

In-service training

Interns must attend in-service training sessions in their assigned unit, weekly meetings with the training director and associate director, weekly grand rounds, and psychology staff meetings. Interns and externs must attend weekly instructional seminars, where members of our multicultural staff address issues pertinent to their specific cultural backgrounds, and other topics including psychotropic medications, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-informed treatments, and eating pathology.

The future of medical care is you

Maimonides’ Clinical Psychology Internship and Externship Programs provide superior educational experiences in an environment that assures a balance between academic and clinical activities. We take great pride in our success in preparing interns and externs to become the next generation of expert psychologists.

Apply to the Psychology Internship and Externship Program today!