Applications for Pediatric-Psychology Internship

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Recruitment to the University of Minnesota Medical School Psychology Internship is competitive, taking into consideration applicants' unique backgrounds and talents. In reviewing applications, emphasis is placed on the concordance between applicants' training interests and background and the training requirements and clinical responsibilities for each rotation. Selection of applicants from APA-accredited doctoral programs is based on applicants' records of academic achievement, clinical and other professional experiences, research accomplishments, relevant aptitudes, course work, and skills, and supporting letters of recommendation indicating applicants' preparation for a medical school-based internship. Applications comprise several components, including the APPIC Application (see tab below), as well as other materials described below the tab labeled "Directions for Completing the Applications".

Each rotation ranks candidates independently and then combined rankings are used to determine overall rank lists for the tracks (i.e., combinations of 2 rotations) in the computer match process. In general, only applicants who are invited for interviews are ranked in the match process.

The deadline for filing all application materials with the Internship is November 1. The Internship observes the guidelines regarding timing of Internship offers and acceptances adopted by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), the Council of University Directors of Clinical Programs, and National Matching Services, Inc (NMSI).

Our track numbers are as follows:

NMS Code # Track
138112 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Pediatric Neuropsychology
138113 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Pediatric Psychology
138114 Pediatric Psychology - Pediatric Neuropsychology

After interviews, interns are strongly encouraged to apply to all three of our tracks, with rankings based on their interest levels. Applicants may include all three tracks Match Code Numbers separately when they submit their rank order lists to the National Matching Services. This internship site also 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.

After interviews, interns are strongly encouraged to apply to all three of our tracks, with rankings based on their interest levels. Applicants may include all three tracks Match Code Numbers separately when they submit their rank order lists to the National Matching Services. This internship site also 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.

As a result of changes to the APPIC application process, applicants should include the information listed below in their APPIC cover letter. We appreciate your attention to this change in the process:

* If you think you may have relative preferences among the three rotations what they might be
* If you wish to identify yourself as representing racial, cultural, ethnic, or other elements of diversity
* If you took the GREs, please provide your scores. There is no need to convert the new scores to the old scale.

Directions for Completing the Applications

Directions for Completing the Applications

Applications are considered complete when all of the following materials have been received by the University of Minnesota:

1. The AAPI Online

Applications are submitted through the AAPI online system.  The online application will be used for the upcoming selection cycle.  After creating an account, enter information into the various fields of the AAPI, and ultimately submit your completed application to our internship site.

  • Cover Letter
    A cover letter is submitted along with the application which can address issues for the internship as a whole as well as information related to specific rotations. The AAPI Online permits you to submit an individualized cover letter for each site to which you are applying. The cover letter provides an introduction to your application and, most importantly, an opportunity for you to describe your interest in, and fit with particular sites. It also gives you the opportunity to address site-specific issues or questions. Please include the following information in the cover letter.

    1.  If you think you may have relative preferences among the three rotations and indicate what they might be
    2.  If you wish to identify yourself as representing racial, cultural, ethnic, or other elements of diversity
    3.  If you took the GRE, please provide your scores.

The other components of the AAPI include:

  • Applicant information
  • Colleges attended
  • Summary of doctoral training
  • Academic program's verification of internship
  • Eligibility and readiness
  • Intervention experience
  • Psychological assessment experience
  • Supervision received
  • Description of support activities
  • Additional information about practicum experience

Your doctoral program’s Director of Clinical Training is required to review certain elements of your application (e.g., doctoral practicum hours) to verify their accuracy and to certify that you are authorized to apply for internship. When you have completed the portions of the application that require verification, you may submit them electronically to your DCT for review. You will not be permitted to submit any applications to internship sites until this review and verification process is completed by your DCT.

2.  Uploaded Documents

  • Letters of Reference
    We require at least three letters of recommendation. The AAPI Online service allows you to request letters from your recommenders, who will then upload their letters directly to the service. Once your recommenders have uploaded their letters, you may then choose which letters get sent to which internship sites.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts
    Submit one official copy of all graduate transcript(s) directly to the application service via regular mail. These transcripts are verified as official, scanned into the system, and attached to each application that is submitted by the applicant. Undergraduate transcripts are no longer allowed as a supplemental upload but programs may request a copy AFTER the match for appointment reasons.
  • Supplemental Documents
    1.  One psychological assessment report written by the applicant
    2.  One psychotherapy treatment summary written by the applicant

Only one application is necessary to be considered for all of our internship rotations. That is, submit only one AAPI to our program. However, when it comes time to submit your rankings to the National Match Service, we advise that you submit three rankings for our program (i.e., that reflect your relative preferences).

Applicants must be registered with the National Matching Service.

APPIC Application for Psychology Internship

APPIC Application for Psychology Internship


For overview, fee information, and further help about the AAPI online, go to http://appic.org/AAPI-APPA

Requirements for Internship Training

Requirements for Internship Training

Applicants are preferred to have completed a minimum of 500 hours of practicum training including 250 Intervention/Assessment hours as listed on the AAPI by November 1.  They are to be familiar with the rudiments of patient contact, test administration, test scoring, diagnostic interviewing, psychotherapy, and professional ethics. Applicants interested in the Pediatric Neuropsychology rotation are required to have clinical neuropsychology practicum experience and relevant coursework. Interns are selected primarily from APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral programs. Strong candidates from APA accredited counseling psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology, or school psychology programs with practica experience in related health settings also are invited to submit applications. Applicants must be recommended for this clinical psychology Internship training by the Director of Training at their doctoral program and must have successfully completed the general written preliminary examination for the Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree if one is required for the doctoral degree by their program.

By Minnesota Statute (144.057), health facilities licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health are required to obtain criminal background studies on individuals who have direct contact with patients as well as to check with previous employers/supervisors about professional activities that may have involved inappropriate sexual conduct. After the match, applicants matched to the Internship then undergo this additional scrutiny. Individuals who do not pass the criminal background study are prohibited from engaging in direct contact with patients, unless their disqualification has been set aside by the Commissioner of Health through a reconsideration process. Similarly, evidence of inappropriate sexual contact with patients at any time precludes internship participation. Consequently, failure to pass the criminal background check or evidence of sexual exploitation of clients nullifies any offer for internship that might be extended in the computer match.

Applicant's Agreement and Release

Applicant's Agreement and Release

In making this application for appointment to the Psychology Internship Program at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine (hereinafter "Medical School"), I acknowledge that I would be responsible for knowing the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Medical Center's Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, Policies and Procedures, as well as the policies and guidelines outlined in the University of Minnesota Medical School Psychology Internship Handbook and any other similar documents of any facility where I may be placed during the internship. I agree to act in accordance with and be bound by the terms of these documents. I understand that it is my responsibility to fulfill the requirements for training and service provision as outlined in the Internship Handbook of the University of Minnesota Medical School Psychology Internship and other internship-related documents.

By applying to the internship, I provide authorization to the Medical School, its employees, agents or representatives to consult with my past and present employers, supervisors, academic program, and any volunteer organizations with which I have been associated, regarding information bearing on my competence, professionalism, handling of clinical and academic responsibilities, character, ethics, health status, and other qualifications and factors relevant to my performance as an intern. I understand that Minnesota Statute § 148A.03(a)(2) requires the Medical School to ask all of my employers in the past five years for which I have functioned as a psychotherapist (physician, psychologist, nurse, chemical dependency counselor, social worker, member of the clergy, marriage and family therapist, mental health services provider, or other person, whether or not licensed by the state, who treats, assesses or counsels those with a mental or emotional illness, symptoms, or conditions) whether I have had any sexual contact with a patient or former patient as defined by Minnesota Statute § 148.01, Subd. 7. I expressly authorize the Medical School to contact these employers, supervisors, and my academic program and to inquire into the occurrence of any sexual contact between myself and any patient. I further certify that I have not had any sexual contact with a patient or former patient, or if I have, I have fully disclosed this contact and the relevant facts thereof. I am also aware that Minnesota Statute §144.057 requires that I undergo and pass a criminal background check as a condition of my position as an intern. Failure to pass these checks nullifies my candidacy as an intern.

By applying to the internship, I hereby release from liability all employees, agents and representatives of the Medical School, the University of Minnesota, and Fairview University Medical Center for their acts performed in good faith and without malice in connection with evaluating my application, my credentials, my qualifications, and my performance. I also release from any liability any and all individuals and organizations who provide information to the Medical School, the University of Minnesota, and University of Minnesota Medical Center, in good faith and without malice, concerning my competence, professionalism, handling of clinical and academic responsibilities, character, ethics, health status, and other qualifications and factors relevant to my performance as an intern. I expressly authorize these individuals and institutions to provide information to the faculty and other representatives of the University of Minnesota Medical School Psychology Internship.

By submitting my application, I certify that I have never been subject to any type of reprimand, corrective action, or discipline by an ethics board of a professional organization, educational institution, state licensing board, hospital or health facility, health system, third party payer, or any regulatory entity. I also certify that I do not know of any formal complaints or legal claims made against me to a present or former employer, ethics board of a professional organization, educational institution, state licensing board, hospital or health facility, University of Minnesota Medical School system, third party payer, or any regulatory entity. In addition, I certify I have never have been convicted of a felony, am not currently being indicted on felony charges, and have not received a notice of pending investigation of a felony. I also certify that I am not aware of any behavioral patterns, personal work habits, or physical or mental health problems that would prevent me from meeting the training requirements of the Psychology Internship, including providing psychological services and fulfilling all of my clinical responsibilities in a timely manner. Or, if I do know of matters related to any of the aforementioned issues they are disclosed fully in an accompanying cover letter.

By submitting my application, I agree that if I serve as an intern at the Medical School, I authorize and consent to the release of information pertaining to my performance as an intern in the Psychology Internship to my degree program at the University of Minnesota or other educational institution. I also authorize and consent to the release of information concerning me as necessary by the Medical School to other health systems, professional associations, licensing boards, regulatory entities, third party payers, and organizations concerned with quality of patient care as long as such release of information is done in good faith and without malice. I hereby release the faculty and staff of the internship, the Medical School, the University of Minnesota, and University of Minnesota Medical Center from liability for releasing information under these conditions.

By submitting my application, I agree that if I serve as an intern at the Medical School, I expressly agree to comply fully with the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and with the General Guidelines for Providers of Psychological Services of the American Psychological Association. I also agree to comply with all applicable state and federal laws, and with all of the Rules and Code of Conduct of the Minnesota Board of Psychology.

I acknowledge that I have read and understand the foregoing Application and Applicants' Agreement and Release. I understand and agree that, as an applicant for the Psychology Internship I have the burden of producing adequate information for proper evaluation of my competence, professionalism, handling of clinical and academic responsibilities, character, ethics, health status, and other qualifications and factors relevant to my performance as an intern and for resolving any doubts about such matters.

In submitting my application I understand and agree that any significant misstatements in or omissions from this application shall constitute cause for denial of application or cause for summary dismissal from the University of Minnesota Medical School Psychology Internship. All information submitted by me in this application is complete and true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Application Completion Verification Process

Application Completion Verification Process

When all application materials have been sent (both your AAPI online and supporting documents), please send the Internship Coordinator, Karen MacEwan, an email at macew001@umn.edu.  If you have any questions during the application process, please do not hesitate to email Karen.  Inquiries via telephone can be made to (612) 245-3250, but email is the preferred method of communication.

Inquiries may also be made by an email to the Internship Director, Dr. William Robiner, at robin005@umn.edu

Timetable for Applications

Timetable for Applications

Applicants are required to observe the timetables and meet the deadlines for both the University of Minnesota and for the NMSI computer matching program. Careful adherence to both timetables is essential for applications to be considered and for recruitment to be coordinated with the computer matching system. These timetables are outlined below.

Timetable for University of Minnesota Recruitment

  • Application deadline to University of Minnesota: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
  • Invitation for interviews: Friday, December 1, 2017
  • Interviews at University of Minnesota: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
  • Interviews at University of Minnesota: TuesdayMonday, January 8, 2018 
  • University of Minnesota Internship start date (official): Sunday, July 1, 2018

Timetable for NMSI Computer Match Program

  • Deadline for final rank submission to NMSI (see http://www.natmatch.com/psychint/): Wednesday, February 7, 2018
  • APPIC Match Day: Friday, February 23, 2018
    Results of the Match will be released to applicants and internship training directors.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

The Regents of the University of Minnesota reaffirm that it is the policy of the University to provide equal educational access and opportunity to persons of every race and ethnic heritage, sex, religion and creed, as well as fairness to the individual in the competition for educational opportunity, and the appropriate administrative officers and faculty are directed to establish and continue any admission policies and guidelines necessary to implement this policy; further, in order to promote ethnic and cultural diversity which will enhance the campus environment and educational programs of the University; in order to increase the representation of members of minority groups at the highest professional levels, providing encouragement to members of such minority groups to seek to attain the highest achievements of which they are capable; in order to alleviate the shortage of training professionals in diverse fields who will serve unmet community needs; and, in order to compensate for the inequalities that have existed in society; the Regents reaffirm and declare that it is the policy of the University of Minnesota to provide equal educational access and opportunity to members of minority groups and the appropriate administrative officers and faculty are directed to develop affirmative action admission programs and to review admission policies to insure that the intent of this policy continues to be implemented.

The internship recognizes the importance of cultural and individual differences in the training of psychologists, including in selection of trainees and in the development of the psychologist workforce..  It is committed to not discriminating against any candidates for trainee positions or faculty positions based on age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or spirituality.

Applicant Appreciation

Applicant Appreciation

Thank you for your interest in the University of Minnesota Medical School Psychology Internship. Our faculty truly appreciates the effort and expense each applicant expends in the application and interview process here and elsewhere. We regret the stress which can be associated with the application process in general and the financial burdens placed on applicants. We hope that our interactions with you are a positive and worthwhile experience. We wish to help applicants conserve some of their energies, finances, and other resources, and minimize some of the stress in this process by: (a) providing full disclosure of as much information as possible within these materials about the Internship to inform applicants about the experiences offered; (b) using the APPIC Uniform Application; (c) providing e-mail addresses for core faculty; (d) setting our application and interview timetable based on feedback provided by earlier interns; and (e) limiting interviews to those candidates whose backgrounds appear to be most consistent with this Internship. We welcome your feedback during or after the application process about how we might facilitate this process further.

Thank you again for your interest in our program and good luck with this next phase of your professional training. We wish you an excellent internship experience!

Contact us

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With the advent of the AAPI Online Applicant Portal, there is no need to mail application materials to our site.