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Application Review

Prior to submitting an application, prospective intern candidates should visit the Devereux website to obtain an overview the Professional Psychology Internship Training Program. While on the site, prospective candidates should carefully read the description of each training track to determine interest and compatibility.

If the decision is to complete an application to Devereux, applicants are advised to identify no more than one (1) track of interest. Applicants should submit an application using the APPI Online Applicant Portal by November 1st and carefully coordinate their track selection from the Devereux website with the APPI request to select a program or track. Prospective candidates should then download the brochure describing the internship.

Following the November 1st deadline for applications, the APPI Selection Portal is made available to all members of the Devereux Internship Selection Committee. The Selection Committee is comprised of primary supervisors from each of the training tracks. Each member of the Selection Committee will review applications for his or her particular track (based on the candidate’s preference). A final list of approximately 12 to 15 candidates is prepared by each track supervisor and submitted to the Director of Training for review. Each list if further refined by the Director of Training and approximately 8 to 10 candidates per track are invited for a formal interview.

Notifications of interviews are sent to candidates by email no later than December 15th. Once notified, candidates must contact the Administrative Assistant for the internship program, Ms. Bernice Belger, by phone (610) 542-3057 to arrange an interview date. All interviews are conducted in January. In-person interviews are highly recommended however, in some limited emergency situations, we will allow phone interviews. Candidates not selected for an interview will be notified by email within 10 days after the December 15th deadline.

Approximately four days (Wednesdays and Fridays) are set aside for interviews during the month of January. On the day of the interview, intern candidates will meet as a group with the Director of Training for an overview of the internship program. Following the overview, intern candidates will travel by car (30 minutes or less) to their sites of interest for an interview with the Primary Supervising Psychologist and a tour of the program. At that time, the candidate will have an opportunity to meet with supplemental supervisors as well as the current Intern. Some interns may be scheduled for interviews at more than one site. If that is the case, when the interview concludes at the first site, the intern will travel to the second site for an interview and tour.

Once the interviews conclude, Primary Supervising Psychologists submit a ranking of interviewed applicants to the Director of Training. In collaboration with the Supervising Psychologists, a final Rank Order List of applicants is prepared by the Director of Training for the National Matching Service (NMS). The final Rank Order List is submitted to the NMS by the submission deadline. In addition to the goodness of fit between the applicant’s preparation, goals and training experiences, other factors to be considered in rank ordering candidates are:

  • Enthusiasm for internship training
  • Openness to new learning experiences
  • Openness to supervision
  • The candidate’s candor, insight, sense of humor, and interpersonal skills demonstrated during the interview
  • The consideration and support shown to other intern candidates during the interview day.

In all respects, the internship selection procedures shall comply with APPIC guidelines.