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Psychology Internship Program

Children's National Health System offers a comprehensive internship program in child clinical and pediatric psychology to doctoral students in psychology. The internship is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, initially earning accreditation in 1970.

This program is designed specifically for students matriculated in a doctoral training program who have completed at least 3 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; applicants from counseling and school psychology programs with the requisite experience are also considered. 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.

How to Apply

Applications must be received on or before November 1, 2019. 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 2 letters of recommendation in addition to the letter from the training director of your program which is included in the AAPI Online Form.


Interviews are by invitation only. In order to be considered for an interview, your completed application must be received by November 1, 2019. Interviews and tours will be conducted on only 2 dates: January 8th and 15th of 2020. We will not be able to conduct individual interviews on additional dates. Invitations for interviews will be sent before December 15. Please do not call before December 15th.

Offers and Acceptances

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.

Internship Dates

The doctoral internship is a full-time experience for the calendar year, beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020.

Stipend and Benefits

Interns receive a yearly stipend of $29,120.00 plus the fringe benefit package for all trainees at Children’s National. In addition, interns receive a professional fund of $1000.00. Interns have 4 weeks of paid vacation, 8 national holidays and 12 days of sick leave. Subsidized health insurance and parking are available.


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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