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How to Apply - Psychology Interns

The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) has developed a uniform application for psychology internship that we use at WPIC.  This comprehensive application was designed to meet the needs of internships in the U.S. and Canada and to minimize work for applicants who typically apply to numerous programs.

All application materials must be submitted via the AAPI (APPIC Application for Psychology Internships) online service, which may be accessed by visiting http://www.appic.org and clicking on "AAPI Online."  For more information on how to apply, please see http://www.psychiatry.pitt.edu/education/psychintern/program_information.

To apply, please visit www.appic.org and click on "AAPI Online."   These online application materials include the following components:

  • cover letter (please specify preferred contact information, clinical rotations of interest, and faculty members with whom you share research interests)
  • curriculum vitae (research CV)
  • APPIC application
  • graduate transcripts
  • 3 (or 4) letters of reference

The WPIC Internship Program adheres to APPIC guidelines in our recruitment process.  APPIC has strengthened its position regarding sharing of information about ranking of candidates and sites, and we endorse the current position--that is, as members of APPIC, we understand and accept the policy that neither we, nor any member at our training facility (including current interns and fellows), will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant prior to uniform notification day.  We participate in the computer match through APPIC.  See APPIC Match Policies at http://appic.org/Match/Match-Policies.  All matches are contingent upon successful completion of required background checks, including Pennsylvania Act 33 (PA Child Abuse History Clearance), Act 34 (PA State Police Request for Criminal Records), and Act 73 (FBI Criminal Background Check).  Applicants who do not successfully pass these background checks will be dismissed from the internship.

In processing applications, we use a multi-step procedure. First, applications are screened, and students who appear best suited for our program are contacted in early December and invited to attend one of our 2 applicant interview days scheduled in January of each year. During the visit, applicants are interviewed by members of the faculty, tour our facilities, and have the opportunity to speak with current interns.  This requirement ensures that individuals selected will possess characteristics appropriate for successful functioning in our clinical setting and will have the ability to collaborate with a multidisciplinary faculty and staff.  An interview visit also permits the student to become acquainted with the faculty and internship facilities at WPIC.

Further information about the WPIC program is available from the WPIC website (http://www.psychiatry.pitt.edu/education/psychintern/). Information about accreditation can be obtained from the Committee on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; telephone 202-336-5979.

Administrative inquires should be directed to:
Katlin Griswold
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
3811 O’Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Telephone: 412-246-5546
Fax: 412-246-5520
Email: griswoldk2@upmc.edu

The deadline for completed applications is November 1, 2013

Timetable
ApplicationDeadline November 1, 2013
Invitations Extended for InterviewsDecember 6, 2013
InterviewsJanuary 10 and 17, 2014
Match DayFebruary, 2014
Start DateSeptember 2, 2014