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Psychology Internship Program
Children's National Hospital offers a comprehensive internship program in child clinical and pediatric psychology to doctoral students in psychology. The internship program provides extensive training in the many roles and functions psychologists play in health care today.
The intended result of this training is a broadly experienced child clinical/pediatric psychologist who can succeed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, universities or the broader community and with a variety of patient populations. The program strives to develop psychologists committed to enhancing access to healthcare, valuing cultural differences and advocating on behalf of the patients, families and communities they serve. The internship is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, initially earning accreditation in 1970.
Applications must be received on or before November 1, 2020. As a member of the Association for Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and in accordance with its policies, our application constitutes the AAPI Online Form. We require two letters of recommendation in addition to the letter from the training director of your program.
This program is designed specifically for students matriculated in a doctoral training program who have completed at least three years of full-time graduate study in clinical psychology, including practicum level experience in diagnostic assessment, various intervention modes and specific experience with children and families. Preference is given to students in APA-approved doctoral programs in clinical psychology. In order to be considered for internship, dissertation proposals must be defended by the application deadline.
The Division of Psychology represents multiple theoretical approaches and thus preference is given to applicants who are broadly prepared in child psychotherapy as well as in cognitive, behavioral and educational evaluations.
The doctoral internship is a full-time experience for the calendar year, beginning July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022.
Interviews are by invitation only. In order to be considered for an interview, your completed application must be received by November 1, 2020. Interviews will be conducted entirely virtually this year on two dates: January 6th and 13th, 2021. Invitations for interviews will be sent before December 15th. Please do not call before December 15th.
The Internship Program at Children's Hospital is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). This site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking information from any intern applicant. Children’s National will be participating in the APPIC Internship Matching Program; applicants should register for the match.
Interns receive a yearly stipend of $35,568 plus the fringe benefit package for all trainees at Children’s National. In addition, interns receive a professional fund of $1,000. Interns have four weeks of paid vacation, eight national holidays and 12 days of sick leave. Subsidized health insurance and parking are available.
An administrative assistant for Psychology and Behavioral Health is available to support the internship program. The clinical services are also supported by the COR staff in the Outpatient Psychiatry Department who assist interns in scheduling families, do all insurance authorization and facilitate the patient check-in process.
All Occupational Health requirements and pre-employment requirements must be satisfied prior to June 30. The District of Columbia Municipal Regulation Title 22 requires new employees/trainees to have a physical health screen. In addition, Children’s National requires proof of immunity for Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) and Flu (seasonal). All applicants must complete the required labs and urine drug screening, which will test for the following: ETOH, amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine metabolites, marijuana metabolites, opiates and phencyclidines. A positive result for any of these substances will potentially make the candidate ineligible for hire.
A background check is also required, which will pull information from the following databases below. Under D.C. law, Children’s National is barred from hiring anyone with a conviction within the prior seven years related to abuse, illegal substances or theft. Children’s National is prohibited from hiring anyone who is a registered sex offender or who has been excluded from federal health care programs. Therefore, any history related to these prohibitions will make the candidate ineligible for hire. Inability to verify stated previous employment or education will also make the candidate ineligible for hire.
- Sterling Background Check
- SSN Trace
- County Criminal Record
- State Criminal Record
- Federal Criminal Record
- Driver’s Record
- Employment Verification
- Education Verification
- FACIS L3 – Fraud and Abuse Control Information System
- DOJ Sex Offender Search
- Extended Global Sanctions
The Division of Psychology is committed to attracting and retaining interns and faculty from a diverse range of ethnic, racial and personal backgrounds. Consistent with such efforts, it acts to ensure a supportive and encouraging learning environment appropriate for the training of diverse individuals and the provision of training opportunities for a wide spectrum of individuals. In addition, the Division of Psychology is committed to providing opportunities for interns to learn about cultural and individual diversity and the promotion of health equity as they pertain to the practice of professional psychology.
To this end, the Division has established a Psychology Diversity Committee, whose mission is to promote awareness and inclusion across all areas of diversity including, but not limited to race and ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, language, disability and illness. Interns interact with the Diversity Committee via the Diversity Seminar series and are invited to participate more actively in this Committee as desired. Children’s National Hospital is committed to a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Please see more about the institution’s commitment and effort to diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Children’s National internship program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. Applicants may contact the American Psychological Association’s Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation for additional information pertaining to our accreditation.
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