Doctoral students may begin internships when they have satisfactorily completed all coursework, practicum and comprehensive examinations. To be eligible to apply for internship, a student's proposal for the Doctoral Project must be approved by their committee in the summer prior to internship application. Although it is not required that the student finish their Doctoral Project prior to starting their internship, it is strongly encouraged that the Doctoral Project process is completed prior to starting internship. An acceptable internship experience is maintained full-time for 12 consecutive months or half-time for no more than 24 consecutive months. Depending on the specific site placement, the intern may perform a variety of tasks such as administering psychological assessments, writing reports, performing crisis intervention, holding consultations, conducting outcome research, teaching and providing brief and ongoing psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups.
Forest actively assists in the process of obtaining an internship by providing application information, recommendations and administrative support. Students are required to participate in the internship-matching program through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), and are only allowed to secure placement with an APA/CPA accredited or APPIC-approved internship site. In all instances, internship placements must have the prior written approval of the Director of Clinical Training. Specific information and requirements related to the internship experience are contained in the Clinical Training Manual.
Our students have benefited from a 90% internship placement rate in APPIC-approved or APA-accredited sites from 2007 to 2012. Below is a representative map of the locations our students completed internship placements.