Intern Selection & Application

Intern Selection


The Danielsen Institute Clinic attends carefully to fit in the internship selection process. We seek to identify and select diverse interns who will benefit from the particular strengths and emphases of our program. There are a few firm prerequisites for applying to our internship program: a) applicants must have completed coursework and comprehensive exams towards a doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited institution (APA accreditation is preferred); b) candidates must have at least 250 contact hours, and c) applicants must confirm formal approval of their dissertation proposal by the ranking deadline. In addition to these requirements, we generally seek interns who:

· have enough clinical experience and/or skill to work effectively with challenging clients in an outpatient setting (with supervisory support);

· demonstrate interest and ability in our core domains, e.g., outpatient therapy; psychodynamic and systemic approaches; spiritual, religious, and existential issues in clinical practice; couples and group therapy; psychological assessment; professional identity and development.

· demonstrate sustained and specific interest in, and readiness for, focused training regarding spiritual, religious, and existential issues/resources in clinical practice. There are many ways to demonstrate interest and readiness, so applicants should feel free to represent their unique background, interests, experiences, and abilities.

· have skills and sensitivity regarding multicultural issues, and willingness to continue to grow in this area.

· have some experience in psychological assessment, including significant experience with the Rorschach using the Exner method. However, we welcome applications from candidates who do not have significant Rorschach experience but are willing to make a firm commitment to obtain additional training prior to starting internship.

· demonstrate maturity, professionalism, and a commitment to on-going development.

When we receive many applications from generally strong candidates, we are forced to make nuanced decisions with limited information.

The selection process involves several stages. Applicants submit an APPI and several site specific elements (see below), which are carefully reviewed by the Director of Training and other clinical staff members. Selected applicants are invited to interview at the clinic in early January. During interviews, applicants meet with several staff teams. There is a structured protocol for each interview, but most of the questions are open-ended and allow for unique responses. Interviews may contain role plays, vignettes, or other exercises. Candidates may be asked to reflect upon their identity or development as this relates to their professional practice. During the day, candidates have an opportunity to meet alone with current interns, discuss practical questions about living in Boston with the administrative staff, and meet with the Director of Training for a brief exit interview.

Application Process/Details

In addition to completing the current APPIC application, we request the following site specific information:

1.  A cover letter which should describe your interest and readiness to explore spiritual, religious, theological, or existential issues in clinical practice

2. A current curriculum vitae

3. A graduate program transcript

4. Three letters of reference, with two from prior supervisors if possible

Applications should be submitted through the APPIC.

The Application Deadline is October 30, 2015.

Statement on non-discrimination and diversity

This internship site abides by all APPIC and APA policies. The Danielsen Institute Doctoral Internship in Psychology does not discriminate in selection, training, retention, or evaluation on the basis on any individual characteristics which are not relevant to professional training such as age, ethnicity, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religious or philosophical affiliation, class, disability, nationality, citizenship, language, etc.  The Internship program values diversity amongst staff, interns, and clients, and seek to promote a high level of multicultural competence in all training and service activities.