|Interview process description:
Varies by site. Applicants should expect individual interviews, panel interviews, and interactive group exercises.
NOTE: Prospective interns may apply to more than one site within the Consortium. Prospective interns should
write an independent cover letter for each site, specifiying reasons for wanting to place at the specific site.
Cover letters should be uploaded into a single document.
California Institution for Men, Chino, CA
Attn: Mark Wrathall, Psy.D., Internship Director - email@example.com
California Institution for Women, Chino, CA
Attn: Jennifer Foote-Nalbach, Psy.D., Internship Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Internships at the Southern California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Psychology Internship Program (SCDCRC) are government-funded, California State civil service positions.
Holidays, Vacation Time and Medical Benefits
Interns receive all state and federal holiday time off as un-paid leave.
Pre-requisites for an internship with the SCDCRC:
Prospective interns must have an Internship readiness letter from their schools training director indicating they have completed all required course work, supervised practicum experiences and be in good standing with their psychology training program. Additionally preferred candidates have:
• 100 hours of assessment experience.
• 500 hours of direct client service gained through a practicum experience in settings appropriate for a doctoral level psychology intern prior to starting the internship.
• Acquired practicum experience at two independent sites.
*Note that due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understood that not all candidates will have had the opportunity to obtain 500 hours. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply even if they do not have 500 hours of experience.
APPIC Application Process for Potential Candidates
Interns from both Ph.D.and Psy.D. programs are encouraged to apply. In order to be appointed as a Clinical Psychology Intern at an institutional Psychology Internship Program training site of SCDCRC, applicants must submit an on-line application through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Programs (APPIC) called the APPI (available at http://www.appic.org/AAPI-APPA#APP). Applicants must also submit an application to CDCR through the regular, civil service employee application process. Instructions for application can be found by accessing this link: http://www.cphcs.ca.gov/docs/hr/ClinicalPsychIntern-OS-C.pdf.
The SCDCRC participates in the National Matching Service for internship selection. Once matched, interns will need to complete a background check, credentialing process, and drug screening as a condition of employment.
To be considered for match, each applicant is required to submit a completed application through the APPIC applicant portal (http://www.appic.org/AAPI-APPA#APP ). The completed APPI on-line application must include:
• A current curriculum vitae
• Official graduate program transcripts
• Three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the interns’ clinical skills
• A certification of readiness from the applicant’s training director and a completed work sample (a de-identified psychological testing report)
In addition to the APPIC process, applicants must also submit an application to CDCR through the regular, civil service employee application process after the Match process.
Upon receipt of an application, CDCR Central Office reviews all materials. If an application is deemed incomplete, SCDCRC Central Office contacts the prospective intern, providing him/her with an opportunity to submit complete documentation within a given timeframe.
SCDCRC is dedicated to providing equal opportunity to participate in training opportunities. The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.
The internship is a full-time, limited term, one-year program. Interns accrue approximately three to four weeks of leave time, that can be used for vacation, sick time, and/or research. As mentioned earlier, though internship matches are made in February/March, actual commencement of the internship in August is contingent on passing a security clearance/background check, fingerprinting, drug testing and TB test.