Applicants MUST be enrolled in APA-accredited doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology. We cannot and will not make exceptions to the APA accreditation requirement.
VERY IMPORTANT: There are two parts to the Navy internship applications: the standard APPI and an application used to determine eligibility for commissioning as a naval officer.
The Navy application is completed with the help of a Navy Medical Programs Recruiter. Applicants are strongly encouraged to make contact with a recruiter as early as possible, preferably in July/August. Initiating contact with a recruiter after 1 October increases the risk that the application will not be completed by the 15 December 2021 Navy Recruiting deadline. (The Navy application includes a medical evaluation and there are frequently delays in getting those appointments scheduled).
PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for submitting APPI’s to the Navy internships is 8 November 2021. The deadline for completing the Navy commissioning application is 15 December 2021.
As of the date of this writing, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. While we are hopeful we can offer on site, in person interviews, we expectare also preparing for the possibility that all interviews will be conducted virtually with Naval Medical Center, San Diego faculty on 30 November -2 December 2021. Selected applicants will be contacted via phone or email by the Program Director no later than 15 November 2021 to schedule an interview. Interviews are typically with two program representatives (faculty members and active duty Navy psychologists), and last for 60-90 minutes. Additionally, applicants will have the chance for discussion with current interns.
Applicants who are applying to both Navy sites (San Diego and Walter Reed in Bethesda, MD) are strongly encouraged to conduct interviews with both sites. Applicants considering ONLY the San Diego Navy Internship MUST interview with San Diego faculty.
Alternate dates for interviews can be arranged.
Applicants who match with the program are commissioned as Navy Medical Service Corps Officers prior to starting internship, and after internship completion are obligated to serve 3 years on active duty as Navy Psychologists. There is no military obligation for applicants who do not match, but all applicants must complete the recruiting process, including background checks and physical examination, in order to be considered for the internship. Please contact Navy Recruiting in your local area, and ask to work specifically with a Navy Medical Programs Recruiter.
Please note: The Navy internships have not established a minimum number of practicum hours, or required types of practicum settings, to be considered for our internships. The numbers of intervention and assessment hours listed below are suggested, not hard and fast requirements. However, given the predominantly adult focus of our internships, we specifically seek applicants with practicum experience in generalist clinical evaluation and psychotherapy work with adults. Experience with a wide-range of psychological testing with adults (personality, projective, cognitive) is preferred. Experience with adults with major psychopathology is preferred. Applicants with minimal experience with adults, or with adult experience only in narrowly focused specialty areas such as neuropsychological assessment, would be at a significant disadvantage in our review and APPIC ranking of applicants.
For additional information, please contact Dr. David Mather (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director, Navy Clinical Psychology Internship Program, Naval Medical Center San Diego.