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Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship

Application & Selection Procedures

Admission Requirements

Doctoral candidates (Ph.D. or Psy.D. degrees) in good standing from The American Psychological Association approved doctoral programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology are eligible to apply for the Pre-doctoral Internship Training Program.  Applicants from other countries may apply but will require appropriate visas for the duration of their training. Applicants must provide a statement from their Department Chair documenting current status within their academic program and readiness to begin an internship (Part II: APPIC).

Candidates must have completed all academic course work and comprehensive examinations leading to a doctoral degree at start of the internship. Students are encouraged to complete their dissertation prior to starting their internship.   At a minimum, dissertation proposals must be completed prior to the start of the training year.  A minimum of 400 hours of supervised intervention and assessment practicum experience in settings dealing with psychological, physical, cognitive or health related issues are required prior to start of the internship.  Prior experience in the administration of neuropsychological assessment tools and/or rehabilitation is also required. Candidates from minority and/or disability backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Information

The Training Program follows all policies of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) (These policies can be found at http:/www.appic.org).  The Training Program utilizes the APPIC application, which can be downloaded from the APPIC website.  Complete applications must be submitted through the AAPI Online portal no later than 11:59 PM EST on November 6th of the current year for internship appointment beginning in August of the following year.  Applications are considered complete upon receipt of all required parts of the APPIC application including a Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness completed by your University Director of Clinical Training, a current curriculum vita, official graduate school transcripts and three letters of recommendations.  In addition, applicants are required to provide a sample of one assessment report, preferably neuropsychology related. 

Applications are reviewed by program faculty to determine which applicant will be scheduled for in-person interviews.  Candidates will be notified by December 1st as to whether they will be seen for an interview, with interviews typically scheduled the second Thursday of January. 

On interview day, the morning is dedicated to an overview of the program, small group interviews, and a tour of the outpatient facilities. Lunch is provided and candidates have an informal opportunity to interact with the training staff. In the afternoon, candidates interview individually with two staff members and tour the facilities at Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital. Candidates also have a designated time to meet and ask questions of the interns about any aspect of the internship program. In person interviews are required and provided only on the designated interview date.

Notification of Applicants

All APPIC matches are binding agreements. This internship site 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.

For further information, please contact:
Edward J. Purzycki, Ph.D., ABN
Director of Clinical Training

Lancaster General Health Physicians Neuropsychology
2100 Harrisburg Pike
P.O. Box 3200
Lancaster, PA 17604
Telephone: 717-544-3172; Fax: 717-544-3229
Email: ejpurzyc@lancastergeneralhealth.org


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