Applicants MUST be enrolled in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology. We cannot make exceptions to the APA accreditation requirement.
VERY IMPORTANT: There are two parts to the Navy internship applications: the standard AAPI 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 Officer 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 Navy Recruiting Command deadline. (The Navy application includes a medical evaluation and there are frequently delays in getting those appointments scheduled).
**The deadline for submitting AAPI to the Navy internships is 8 November 2021. The deadline for completing the Navy commissioning application is 15 December 2021.
The Navy Psychology community is continuing to adjust to the changing requirements associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the start of this pandemic, we have transitioned to on-line interviews for all of our training programs. We hope to be able to conduct in-person interviews later this year, but we are unable to commit to that at this time. At the very least, applicants will be required to participate in virtual interviews for each internship to which they are applying. Any opportunities for in-person interviews will be communicated in the fall of 2021.
Interviews will be conducted for the internship program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center between 7 & 9 December 2021. Applicants who are selected for interviews will be contacted via email by the Walter Reed Program Director in mid-November 2021 to schedule an interview.
Applicants who are applying to the internship program at Walter Reed will be required to participate in an on-line interview. If in-person interviews become permissible, applicants will be afforded the opportunity to attend an open house at Walter Reed and complete their interviews in person. If this is the case, an in-person interview at one of the two Navy sites (Walter Reed or San Diego) would be recommended, although not required.
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 Officer Recruiter.
To locate the Medical Programs Officer Recruiter nearest you, go to http://www.navy.com/careers/healthcare/ - Click on “Find a Recruiter” located at the bottom of the page. Type in the zip code where you will be located at the time you would like to work with a recruiter. Click on “Officer Recruiter.” Again, when contacting the recruiting office, ask specifically to speak with a Medical Programs Officer Recruiter. Small recruiting offices may not have Medical Programs Officer Recruiters, but they can easily direct you to the nearest one.
The Navy internships have not established a minimum number of practicum hours, or required types of practicum settings, to be considered for our internships. 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 also 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. Richard Bergthold (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director, Navy Clinical Psychology Internship Program, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.