Pre-Doctoral Internship

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The pre-doctoral internship represents the culminating experience for students in the Psy.D. program.  Its purpose is to provide intensive, supervised experience in the roles and functions of the practicing psychologist, as well as to provide a broad exposure to the educational and community environment of the internship site.  The internship may occur on a full-time basis over a period of one academic year or on a half-time basis over a period of two consecutive academic years.  

The ideal internship provides a balance between breadth and depth of experience.  This growth experience requires regular and consistent contact with supervisors, which in turn allows for the natural evolution of the intern from student to professional.  

Applying for an Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship

Students have options for completing their pre-doctoral internship.  Students are expected to complete internships that are accredited by the American Psychological Association, or that meet the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) member criteria.  APPIC criteria and other information can be found at  These internships are high quality training experiences that are paid.  An APA-accredited internship is not required for licensing in most jurisdictions, including New York State. However, those jurisdictions that do not require an accredited site may require the applicant for licensing to provide much more documentation than an applicant with an accredited internship. Further, some employers give preference to job candidates who have had an accredited internship, and some (such as the VA) require it.

Applying for a Designed Pre-Doctoral Internship

Although students are encouraged to seek internships through the APPPIC process, the program recognizes that this will not be possible for all students. Because few APA approved school psychology internships exist, students who wish to complete their internship in a school setting may need to find an internship outside of this process.  Some students may wish to combine a clinical site with a school site for a specialized internship that fits their interests.  Additionally, APA accredited internships are highly competitive and often involve relocation.  For students who are unable to relocate, a local internship can be developed in consultation with the program.  In these cases, the potential internship site will be evaluated by the program according to the following criteria.  

Partial Summary Statistics 2020-21 Internship

OutcomeNumber of StudentsPercent
Students who sought or applied for internships9100%
Students who obtained internships9100%
Students who obtained paid internships777%
Students who obtained APA/CPA accredited internships555%
Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited445%

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