Psychology Internship Program Application Procedures

Psychology Internship Program Application Procedures

137011–Outpatient, Neuro, SUD, and acute psych rotations.

137012–Outpatient, Neuro, SUD, and ASD rotations.

We have been pleased with the electronic application system and again look forward to receiving applications via the standardized, electronic AAPI. Our requests for your application are noted here:

  • In your cover letter, please write a detailed description of why Pine Rest would be a good fit for your internship training. Identify some of your professional strengths and areas for growth.
  • We require 3 supporting letters: Please include supporting letters from at least 2 supervisors, each from a different training site. We prefer that one letter come from a training program faculty member (e.g. Director of Clinical Training or faculty advisor). If you simply cannot meet our request for the above-noted letters, we still welcome your application, although you may wish to include the reason(s) why such letters were not available.

Pine Rest accepts applications from doctoral psychology students in APA-accredited programs in either clinical or counseling psychology. To be competitive in the selection process, you should have received substantial training in psychopathology, psychotherapy, and psychological assessment. You should also be interested in how a patient’s worldview and/or spirituality may be relevant to assessment and intervention. Interns do not need to be of a certain faith, but do need to be able to approach matters of spirituality with respect, sensitivity and a desire to learn.

Pine Rest is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and pledges to adhere to APPIC and the National Matching Services selection and notification procedures.

As an organization and program striving to increase diversity, we welcome applications from persons of varied backgrounds.

Interns must pass a national background check that includes a workforce background check and criminal background check. Interns must pass a pre-employment physical. A drug test must be passed no earlier than 30 days prior to the start of the internship.

In accordance with guidance from APPIC and out of concern for safety, we will not be offering in-person interviews or any open house this year. We will have internet-based “Interview Days” designed to parallel our previous in-person interviews. Invited candidates will be welcomed to Pine Rest by the Training Director and executive leadership, have individual interviews with the Training Director and Assistant Training Director, a question and answer time with current interns, and a group interview with faculty. Interview days will occur in December and January.

After the interviews are completed and before the February notification date, the training committee ranks candidates. Because of Michigan’s licensure laws, only interns who have a formal master’s degree in clinical or counseling psychology or social work can be licensed. Licensure is necessary for interns to receive third party reimbursement for outpatient services. Intern candidates should ensure that they are eligible for Michigan Temporary Limited License Psychologist (TLLP) certification. The state requirements are found in detail in the link below. The core of the requirements is that the applicant has completed a Masters Degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and that the applicant has completed a practicum experience – supervised by a licensed psychologist – with a minimum of 500 hours. Interns are reimbursed for the cost of obtaining the license.

Interns are reimbursed for expenses related to licensing in Michigan.