Dear Intern Applicant,
Welcome to the web site of the APA-accredited Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at WVU School of Medicine in Charleston. This program offers an in-depth training experience in clinical and health psychology services at a large university-affiliated community medical center. With emphases on support and flexibility, our objective is to refine interns' clinical and scholarly skills so that they are prepared for work in a variety of settings.
The following information is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of our training program. We look forward to answering any specific questions you might have that are not included in this description.
The internship runs from July to July. We have three fully-funded internship slots. Pending available funds, in some years an additional funded slot is earmarked for a student from a graduate program in West Virginia who plans to practice in state upon the completion of internship, in order to support our mission of providing doctorally prepared psychologists for rural WV. Eligible students must apply to our program as do all other applicants. The stipend is $28,657, and currently each intern is provided additional funds to use for pre-approved expenses such as travel to professional conferences. Along with sick days and holidays, interns have two weeks of paid vacation. “Vacation” here means lying on a beach, not defending a dissertation or attending meetings.
Our program participates in the AAPI online application process.
Visiting Our Program
After your application is complete, you may wish to schedule a visit. It is important to note that a visit is not necessary. The last time we checked, graduate students were pinched for time and not independently wealthy. As such, we find it ethically questionable to require applicants in some cases to spend vast sums of money and time to travel here, when many of our past interns were accepted solely on the basis of application materials and phone interviews. Many applicants still request a visit, but unfortunately not everyone can be scheduled. Three visit days are scheduled in 2017 at this time: January 6th, January 13th, and January 20th. A small group will visit each of these days.
If you are interested in visiting on one of these days, please contact me. Visit requests will be reviewed by the internship committee in terms of general goodness of fit between the applicant and our program. If a visit cannot be arranged, please remember that applicants are not “invited” per se on the basis of strength of application. Rather, we try to meet requests for visits, knowing applicants may want to see the setting where they might spend a training year. If for any reason you do not visit our program, your application will not suffer as a result. However, if you do not visit, it is important that if you wish to train here that you contact me and faculty in your area of interest, at the addresses noted, to discuss the program and have your questions answered. Our current interns are also available to discuss the program with you. We will do our best to make this as painless as possible. Thank you for your interest in our internship program. We look forward to hearing from you.
John C. Linton, Ph.D, ABPP
Chief Psychologist & Director of Training