Selection Process


Intern Positions

There are two psychology internship openings for the internship training year. We offer two tracks; one in clinical child and adolescent consultation work and the other in Pediatric Neuropsychology. Both interns will receive training in assessment, consultation/liaison work, and outpatient therapy.

Training Period

The psychology internship will begin July 1 and end June 30.

Initial Screening

We will review the completed application and all materials. This includes assessing how well our program meets your needs and how your background and experience fit with our program.

Our program embraces cultural and individual diversity and strives to recruit interns representative of diverse personal and demographic characteristics. Candidates should have experience and the desire to work with diverse groups of children, adolescents and families.

By December 15, you will receive an e-mail:

  • requesting you contact us to schedule an interview
  • or informing you that you are no longer under consideration


On-site interviews are preferred; however, telephone interviews can be arranged in unusual circumstances. The on-site interview will consist of meeting individually with our staff. Applicants will also have the opportunity to meet with current interns, residents and practicum students. Telephone interviews will provide the opportunity to speak with at least two of our staff members. Applicants will also tour one of the largest children’s hospitals in the nation.


To qualify, applicants should:

  • Have completed at least four years of graduate school in psychology
  • Have Master's degree by application deadline
  • Have three years post-bachelor, supervised clinical experience
  • Have two years post-bachelor experience with children, adolescents and families
  • By the start of the internship, have completed all doctoral coursework and all qualifying and comprehensive exams
  • Have passed the proposal stage for doctoral dissertation
  • Have completed a minimum of 400 hours of supervised clinical experience, which includes experience in child and family therapy. At least 100 hours  should involve psychological assessment.

Applicants must come from APA-accredited programs. Selection criteria include many other areas. 

Applicants are evaluated for:

  • Their interests and goals appropriate to our internship program 
  • Emotional maturity and stability
  • Appropriate interpersonal skills
  • Skill in translating theory into integrated practice
  • A sound theoretical and academic foundation for effective clinical work and conduct and demonstrated sensitivity to multicultural issues. 

Reference Checks

We may call some of your references for additional information during December, January, and February.

Final Decision Making

Each applicant's strengths and weaknesses will be considered to determine if Phoenix Children's Hospital is a good match. Applicants should consider if our hospital is a good fit for their training needs and professional direction. Consider talking with your advisor for help in the process. 

Match Day

We are hopeful that everyone we interviewed will be placed in the setting they want, and we are excited to find out who our interns are for the training year.

We will contact our matched applicants by telephone after the noon (EST) deadline on Match Day, in accordance with APPIC Guidelines. Within 72 hours, we will send matched applicants confirmation of their appointments.


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