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Society for Health Psychology

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Education & Training, Student Advisory Council

Many students in clinical psychology programs start hearing about pre-doctoral internships as soon as they begin their programs. But what can you do to prepare yourself for the internship application process? Below, the SfHP Student Advisory Council shares tips for students from their first year of grad school, through Match Day and beyond!

Preparing During Early Years of Grad School

  • Talk to older graduate students in your program about what rotations, classes, and extracurricular activities made them competitive for internships in health psychology.
  • Attend SfHP’s Student Council’s Health Psychology Internship Q&A Panel at the annual APA Convention to get all of your burning questions answered by current and recent interns.
  • During your first and second years, start thinking about which practicum experiences will help you develop a breadth of experiences in health psychology. Creating a plan early will allow you to cover a wider range of training opportunities.
  • Track your assessment/intervention/support/supervision hours and patient demographics (age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any disabilities) in a secure Excel spreadsheet or use a service like Time2Track. Most health psychology sites list ~350 as the minimum number of intervention hours and ~100 as the minimum number of assessment hours, but it varies greatly. Many health psychology students aim for 450-650 intervention hours (not all need to be health psychology experiences) and 50-100 assessment hours by the time they are applying.
  • Keep a running list of interesting cases and save your favorite integrated reports since they may be useful during your internship applications and interviews.
  • Keep your CV updated each semester so that you don’t have to rack your brain about the prior 4 – 5 years when it’s finally time to apply for internship.
  • Start building leadership experiences in your graduate program, SfHP, or other professional organizations to help you stand out from the crowd. Not sure where to start? Apply to become a Campus Representative!

Preparing for Applications

Preparing for Interviewing

  • Want to know 5 key questions to be prepared for in the internship interview process? Read gradPSYCH Magazine’s article, Answer These 5. (Note that this article is from 2011 and the match statistics it presents are a little outdated. However, the questions are still key ones!)
  • Check out this comprehensive guide to virtual interviews from the University of Chicago.
  • Read this list of “do’s and don’ts” for interviews from Monitor on Psychology, How to Avoid Interview Missteps.

Preparing for Ranking, Match Day, and Beyond