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Applying to Our Program

Address correspondence to:

Contact: Dr. Roger P. Greenberg,
Distinguished Professor and Director of Internship Training
Location: Division of Clinical Psychology,
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
SUNY Upstate Medical University,
750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, NY 13210-2375
Phone: 315-464-3120
Fax: 315-464-3163
Email: intern@upstate.edu

Our program uses the APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI). Applicants should register for the APPIC Match online at www.natmatch.com/psychint/. More information on the APPIC match may be accessed atwww.appic.org. To access the Applicant Portal for AAPI Online go to: www.portal.appicas.org/.

This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC Policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking related information from any intern applicant.

Seven interns are admitted to the program annually in the Clinical-Adult (4 interns) and the Clinical-Child (3 interns) tracks. In your cover letter please indicate to which track you are applying: Child Track or Adult Track.

Applicant Selection:

As the focus of the internship training year is clinical, all applications are reviewed to ensure that applicants have had a sufficient amount of prior face-to-face clinical experience (minimum: 400 intervention hours and 100 assessment hours) with a variety of clients, preferably in a variety of settings, to adequately prepare them for more advanced clinical work. Top candidates invited to interview often have more than 700 clinical (practicum) hours (intervention and assessment combined) with more than 10 individual therapy clients.

One major objective of the internship is to expose interns to a variety of therapeutic models. As such, applicants invited to interview will submit applications that demonstrate a familiarity with or openness to a variety of models and/or identify theoretical orientations that are a good fit for the approaches used by supervisors in the program (e.g., psychodynamic, analytic, experiential, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, integrationist).

Training in assessment and consultation is another major focus of the internship. We actively seek interns with an interest in and a sufficient base-level of experience with psychological assessmentin particular, training and experience with intelligence testing and personality testing (e.g., MMPI and Rorschach).

Consistent with the internships scientist practitioner model, we also review applications for evidence of scholarly activity beyond the thesis and dissertation. We actively seek interns who have an interest in research or scholarly activities, as evidenced by a record of publications and/or scholarly presentations. In addition, as we would like the interns to have as much internal resources as possible during the internship year to dedicate to refining their clinical skills, we look for applicants who have made significant progress on their dissertations and/or have already defended.

Commitment to Diversity:

We actively invite and encourage applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds. In addition, diversity is a key component of decisions regarding invitations to interview and rankings, as we believe diversity adds to the richness of the internship experience.

The program intentionally fosters a collaborative, open teaching atmosphere that includes an invitation to question and discuss assumptions, including those that are culturally-based. Interns are challenged to understand and examine individual/cultural biases in supervision and across seminars, including those devoted to fostering cultural competency. We believe that exploring assumptions and striving to improve ones understanding of ones own perspective as well as openness to that of others helps to ensure an environment that is supportive and inclusive.

If you wish, in your application cover letter, you may respond to the following question (prompted by APA interest and our commitment to diversity of all kinds): Do you consider yourself a member of a minority or underrepresented group? If so, which one?

Consistent with the programs commitment to diversity, The State University of New York Upstate Medical University at Syracuse does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, color, creed, age, national origin, handicap, marital status, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era in the recruitment and employment of faculty or staff, in the recruitment of students, or in the operation of any of its programs or activities, as specified by federal and state laws and regulations. For more information, contact the center's Affirmative Action Officer at315-464-5234, Rm. 309 of the Campus Activities Building. Also, see http://upstate.edu/diversityinclusion/ for detailed information about Upstates commitment to diversity and related policies. See also http://www.uupinfo.org/contract/text.html for UUP non-discrimination policies.


Please submit materials as early as possible so that your application can be carefully considered by the selection committee.

After review of application materials, the program invites applicants for personal interviews. Applicants will be notified by December 15th of their interview status.


Applicants or others with more specific questions about the internship program or its policies (e.g., intern selection, evaluation, retention, termination, grievance, etc.) should contact Dr. Greenberg at 315-464-3120 or intern@upstate.edu.

Internship Start Date is September 1st.


Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placment Data