Selection of Candidates
To be eligible for the program, the applicant should be in good standing enrolled in an APA-accredited Ph.D. program in clinical, counseling, or school psychology. The Charleston Consortium prefers applicants from APA-accredited programs, but we understand that training programs cannot attain accreditation without placing their graduates in APA-approved internships. Therefore, we do accept and give full consideration to applications from students enrolled in Ph.D. training programs that are currently applying for accreditation. The internship currently accepts a variable number of interns each year, depending on budgetary factors. Over the past 7 years, that average number of interns has been 19/year, with a low of 15 and a high of 22. Applicants should note that the internship is an intensive experience guided by the scientist-practitioner/clinical science model. Accordingly, interns selected for this program should have considerable supervised clinical practicum experience (a minimum of 1500 hours is recommended) and demonstrate considerable interest and ability in conducting research beyond that required by the Masters Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation. Additionally, although our program’s faculty have many theoretical orientations, the large majority are behavioral or cognitive-behavioral. Thus, we seek interns who have a background in behavioral or cognitive-behavioral theory and at least basic experience in implementing these intervention strategies with clinical populations.
Both MUSC and the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC are Equal Opportunity Employers, and we actively seek diverse candidates for internship. We encourage applications from research-oriented potential interns across the spectrum of diversity.
As part of the application process, each candidate must be interviewed by the faculty of the program. Interviewees also meet with one or more current interns. We have found that this important step in the selection process allows the applicant to be maximally informed about the internship and helps the selection committee choose interns who match well with the program.
The internship selects a relatively large number of applicants for interviews. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by e-mail to arrange a suitable time for an on-campus interview. Our program interviews applicants in December and January. Applicants for whom an interview trip would be a hardship may request a telephone or teleconference interview. Completed application materials must be received November 1, 2016. Although you may apply under as many of our training tracks as you desire, you need only submit ONE application via the AAPI Online portal. Specify in the cover letter the tracks for which you would like to be considered.
Many international students assume that because our Consortium includes the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, they are not eligible to apply for this internship program, or to complete rotations at the VA Medical Center. This is not correct. As noted above, intern stipends are paid from a variety of sources. Although international students cannot be paid via some funding sources (e.g., VA stipends, National Institute of Health training grants), they are eligible to be paid by others. Furthermore, we impose no restrictions regarding the completion of individual rotations at VA training sites (i.e., international students may complete rotations at VA sites).