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  • Application and Interview Process

    Below is information regarding the application and interview procedures for the Mississippi Psychology Internship Training Consortium.

    Eligibility

    Doctoral students in APA-accredited Clinical or Counseling Psychology programs are eligible to apply to the internship program. All coursework required for the doctoral degree must be completed prior to the start of internship, as well as any qualifying, comprehensive, or preliminary doctoral examinations. We prefer candidates whose doctoral dissertations will be completed, or at least well under way, before the beginning of the internship year. In addition, we are interested in applicants who desire to become licensed psychologists and practice psychology in academic and other clinical research settings. Applicants who are not currently registered in a clinical or counseling psychology PhD program must include a letter from the director of a clinical or counseling program stating that their training and practicum have been equivalent to a PhD program in clinical or counseling psychology. As an equal opportunity training program, the internship welcomes and strongly encourages applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, age, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, disability or other minority status.

    Application Procedure

    We utilize the AAPI Online. The program application can be completed online at www.appic.org. Applicants are required to submit: 1) a completed AAPI, 2) three letters of recommendation, 3) a current Vita, and 4) a transcript from all graduate programs attended. No additional materials are required. The application deadline is November 1.

    Although most of our applicants who have been offered internship slots have visited Mississippi, face-to-face interviews are not mandatory (i.e., interns have been selected without an interview). However, past interns have stressed the importance of the interview in their decision to select the UMMC/VAMC clinical psychology internship program.

    Also, the selection committee would very much like to have the opportunity to meet prospective candidates. After we receive your application and letters from your mentors, we will let you know if you have been selected for an interview. Once you are selected, you will be assigned to a team of interns who will be responsible for coordinating your interview and assisting you in finding a place for you to stay while visiting Jackson.

    Also, please make every effort to introduce yourself to a faculty member while at upcoming conferences such as ABCT and NAN. We would like to be able to put a face to a name.

    If you have general questions about the Consortium, please contact:

    • Julie Schumacher, PhD
              Director, Psychology Internship (Residency) and Postdoctoral Fellowship Consortium
              Department of Psychiatry, Division of Psychology
              2500 N. State St.
              Jackson, MS 39216-4505 
              Phone: (601) 984-5855
              E-mail: jschumacher@umc.edu

    Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

    • Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
              American Psychological Association
              750 First St., NE, Washington, DC 20002
              Phone: (202) 336-5979
              E-mail: apaacred@apa.org
              Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

    Notification of Acceptance

    As a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), the Mississippi Consortium abides by the APPIC Policy on Internship Offers and Acceptances, and participates in the APPIC computer-matching program. No person at this facility will offer, solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information regarding any intern applicant.

    Program Coordinator

    Kristin Herbison, program coordinator, is invaluable to our internship program. She is our contact person and keeps us all running on schedule. Please e-mail Kristin (kherbison@umc.edu) for information about the program and the application process.