Pediatric Psychology Internship - For Applicants

Internship Admissions, Support & Initial Placement Data

Recruitment to the University of Minnesota Medical School Psychology Internship is competitive, taking into consideration applicants' unique backgrounds and talents. In reviewing applications, emphasis is placed on the concordance between applicants' training interests and background and the training requirements and clinical responsibilities for each rotation. Selection of applicants from APA-accredited doctoral programs is based on applicants' records of academic achievement, clinical and other professional experiences, research accomplishments, relevant aptitudes, course work, and skills, and supporting letters of recommendation indicating applicants' preparation for a medical school-based internship. Applications comprise several components, including the APPIC Application (see tab below), as well as other materials described below the tab labeled "How to Apply".

Each rotation ranks candidates independently and then combined rankings are used to determine overall rank lists for the tracks (i.e., combinations of 2 rotations) in the computer match process. In general, only applicants who are invited for interviews are ranked in the match process.

The deadline for filing all application materials with the Internship is November 1. The Internship observes the guidelines regarding timing of Internship offers and acceptances adopted by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), the Council of University Directors of Clinical Programs, and National Matching Services, Inc (NMSI). See the "Timetable" tab below for more detailed information. 

  • Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Interviews & Matching
  • Timetable
  • Additional Statistics
  • Requirements

    Applicants are preferred to have completed a minimum of 500 hours of practicum training including 250 Intervention/Assessment hours as listed on the AAPI by November 1. They are to be familiar with the rudiments of patient contact, test administration, test scoring, diagnostic interviewing, psychotherapy, and professional ethics. Applicants interested in the Pediatric Neuropsychology rotation are required to have clinical neuropsychology practicum experience and relevant coursework. Interns are selected primarily from APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral programs. Strong candidates from APA accredited counseling psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology, or school psychology programs with practica experience in related health settings also are invited to submit applications. Applicants must be recommended for this clinical psychology Internship training by the Director of Training at their doctoral program and must have successfully completed the general written preliminary examination for the Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree if one is required for the doctoral degree by their program.

    By Minnesota Statute (144.057), health facilities licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health are required to obtain criminal background studies on individuals who have direct contact with patients as well as to check with previous employers/supervisors about professional activities that may have involved inappropriate sexual conduct. After the match, applicants matched to the Internship then undergo this additional scrutiny. Individuals who do not pass the criminal background study are prohibited from engaging in direct contact with patients, unless their disqualification has been set aside by the Commissioner of Health through a reconsideration process. Similarly, evidence of inappropriate sexual contact with patients at any time precludes internship participation. Consequently, failure to pass the criminal background check or evidence of sexual exploitation of clients nullifies any offer for internship that might be extended in the computer match.

  • How to Apply

    Applications are considered complete when all of the following materials have been received by the University of Minnesota:

    1. The AAPI Online

    Applications are submitted through the AAPI online system.  The online application will be used for the upcoming selection cycle.  After creating an account, enter information into the various fields of the AAPI, and ultimately submit your completed application to our internship site. For overview, fee information, and further help about the AAPI online, go to

    • Cover Letter
      A cover letter is submitted along with the application which can address issues for the internship as a whole as well as information related to specific rotations. The AAPI Online permits you to submit an individualized cover letter for each site to which you are applying. The cover letter provides an introduction to your application and, most importantly, an opportunity for you to describe your interest in, and fit with particular sites. It also gives you the opportunity to address site-specific issues or questions. Please include the following information in the cover letter.

      1.  If you think you may have relative preferences among the three rotations and indicate what they might be
      2.  If you wish to identify yourself as representing racial, cultural, ethnic, or other elements of diversity

    The other components of the AAPI include:

    • Applicant information
    • Colleges attended
    • Summary of doctoral training
    • Academic program's verification of internship
    • Eligibility and readiness
    • Intervention experience
    • Psychological assessment experience
    • Supervision received
    • Description of support activities
    • Additional information about practicum experience

    Your doctoral program’s Director of Clinical Training is required to review certain elements of your application (e.g., doctoral practicum hours) to verify their accuracy and to certify that you are authorized to apply for internship. When you have completed the portions of the application that require verification, you may submit them electronically to your DCT for review. You will not be permitted to submit any applications to internship sites until this review and verification process is completed by your DCT.

    2.  Uploaded Documents

    • Letters of Reference
      We require at least three letters of recommendation. The AAPI Online service allows you to request letters from your recommenders, who will then upload their letters directly to the service. Once your recommenders have uploaded their letters, you may then choose which letters get sent to which internship sites.
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Transcripts
      Submit one official copy of all graduate transcript(s) directly to the application service via regular mail. These transcripts are verified as official, scanned into the system, and attached to each application that is submitted by the applicant. Undergraduate transcripts are no longer allowed as a supplemental upload but programs may request a copy AFTER the match for appointment reasons.
    • Supplemental Documents
      1.  One psychological assessment report written by the applicant
      2.  One psychotherapy treatment summary written by the applicant

    Only one application is necessary to be considered for all of our internship rotations. That is, submit only one AAPI to our program. However, when it comes time to submit your rankings to the National Match Service, we advise that you submit three rankings for our program (i.e., that reflect your relative preferences).

    Applicants must be registered with the National Matching Service.

    The University of Minnesota demonstrates a commitment to leveraging the transformative power of equity and diversity to advance excellence in teaching, learning and community engagement. The internship recognizes the importance of cultural and individual differences in the training of psychologists, including in selection of trainees and in the development of the psychologist workforce..  It is committed to not discriminating against any candidates for trainee positions or faculty positions based on age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or spirituality.

  • Interviews & Matching

    A subgroup of applicants will be invited for interviews. Individual interviews will be conducted in January. See the "Timetable" tab for further information. Our goal is to invite candidates by telephone or email the first week in December to schedule interviews for those rotations in which they are interested. Applicants meet with supervisors from all three rotations. The Internship Coordinator, Karen MacEwan, schedules interviews and can be contacted at (612) 245-3250 or Special accommodations may be available on a limited basis if invited individuals are not able to attend the scheduled interviews. Lunch and refreshments are provided on the interview day.

    APPIC Match Policies

  • Timetable

    Applicants are required to observe the timetables and meet the deadlines for both the University of Minnesota and the NMSI computer matching program. Careful adherence to both timetables is essential for applications to be considered and for recruitment to be coordinated with the computer matching system. These timetables are outlined below.

    Timetable for University of Minnesota Recruitment:
    Application deadline to University of Minnesota: Friday, November 1, 2019
    Invitation for interviews: Monday, December 2, 2019
    Interviews at University of Minnesota: Monday, December 16, 2019
    Interviews at University of Minnesota: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
    University of Minnesota Internship start date (official): Wednesday, July 1, 2020

    After interviews, interns are strongly encouraged to apply to all three of our tracks (listed here under overview), with rankings based on their interest levels. Applicants may include all three tracks Match Code Numbers separately when they submit their rank order lists to the National Matching Services. This internship site also 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.

    Timetable for NMSI Computer Match Program:
    Deadline for final rank submission to NMSI (see Approximately February 6, 2020 (The schedule of dates for the 2020 APPIC Match will be available in August 2019.)
    APPIC Match Day: Approximately February 22, 2020

  • Additional Statistics

    Internship program admissions information

    Financial and other benefit support for upcoming training year

    Initial post internship positions