The Internship Year
The requirements of all American Psychological Association (APA) approved graduate programs in clinical psychology include the completion of an internship, an intensive clinical experience that traditionally follows academic training and clinical practica. For every student, internship represents a major transition from the role of student to the role of practitioner. This shift entails dramatic changes in responsibility and day-to-day occupational activity, and may be accompanied by changes in attitudes, values, and geographic location. The application process often is fraught with anxiety, even though most applicants eventually obtain suitable placements. This chapter provides students with information that can be used as they select possible training sites. This chapter also offers a practical guide to the application process. It helps students address basic concerns that often arise as they pursue admission to a training program. Questions such as when and how to apply for internship, how to prepare application materials, how to negotiate interviews, and how to manage the transition from student to intern are addressed.
KeywordsAmerican Psychological Association Graduate Program Internship Program Internship Site Academic Preparation
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