2020-21 Doctoral Internship Program in Psychology
Purpose of Internship
The purpose of the Milton Hershey School (MHS) Doctoral Internship Program is to provide interns with a variety of clinical, consultation and assessment experiences with children and adolescents from families of lower income within a residential school setting. The internship program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
Practicum and Academic Requirements for Intern Applicants
Doctoral students in APA-Accredited clinical, counseling or school psychology programs are eligible to apply. Eligibility for entry into the internship program is based on satisfactory completion of graduate program coursework; practicum experiences, including 250 assessment hours and 400 intervention hours; and other academic requirements as specified by each graduate program. All coursework required for the doctoral degree must be completed prior to the start of the internship year, as well as any qualifying, comprehensive, or preliminary doctoral examinations. We prefer candidates whose doctoral dissertations will be completed, or at least well under way, before the internship. Applicants must also demonstrate a sound background in psychology, and a general level of competency in working with clinical populations. In addition, applicants must demonstrate a specific interest in working with children and adolescents through coursework or practicum experiences.
The internship is full-time for a year beginning on August 1 and ending on July 31 of the following year. Interns are given credit for a minimum of 2,000 hours of training for the full year, which is designed to meet all state licensure requirements. Interns work a 40-hour week. However, the residential nature of MHS necessitates that there will be times that the workday extends beyond these hours. It is estimated that interns will spend approximately 35 percent of their time in clinical activities, 25 percent of their time in consultation activities, 20 percent of their time in assessment activities, and 20 percent of their time in individual and group supervision.
Stipend & Benefits
The annual stipend for the doctoral psychology internship is $28,000. In addition to major medical health care, dental health care, and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) are provided for the intern and his or her dependents as a part of the internship. MHS offers free meals during the hours when the interns are working on campus through the MHS school cafeteria. Administrative and clerical assistance are provided. Each intern has a private office and computer with Internet access. The interns have access to printing, photocopying, faxing, and scanning equipment as well as APA PsychNet and interlibrary loans. The Department has a large array of psychological and psychoeducation testing kits and equipment for the interns’ use. Online and computer scoring is available for many assessment measures. The interns also have available to them a large selection of therapeutic materials and resources. Payment for membership in the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) and Time2Track are provided. Interns receive a $200 spending allowance to purchase books and other resources that each intern can keep at the conclusion of the internship. Additionally, interns are provided with up to $300 toward professional conference/workshop expenses and receive up to 5 days of professional development leave. There are additional opportunities for continuing education during the internship year. The intern receives paid 48 hours of vacation time, 16 hours of personal time, 64 hours of sick time (if needed) and 12 school holidays during the internship year.
Doctoral level psychology students who will complete their course work by August 1 are encouraged to apply. The Milton Hershey School psychology internship program is a participating member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and adheres to all policies and procedures of the association. 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. Application is with the formal APPIC application and interns are identified through the “Match” process.