The application deadline for interns is November 17, 2014 in order to begin training on August 24, 2015. Our department participates in the computerized matching program for internship applicants. Information is available through APPIC (www.appic.org). Applications can be downloaded from the APPIC web site.
Please include the following in your application:
- Completed AAPI online application (which can be obtained from http://www.appic.org/match/5_3_match_application.html
- Please include three letters of recommendations from graduate faculty and/or clinical supervisors (at least one letter should be from a supervisor who has direct knowledge of your clinical work and at least one letter should be from a core member of your graduate faculty), these should be submitted with your AAPI online application process;
- And one completed neuropsychological or psychological test report on a child or adolescent (with identifying information removed), this should be attached to your AAPI online application as supplemental materials.
Direct contact information for this site is:
Heather Huszti, Ph.D., Director of Training & Chief Psychologist
Department of Pediatric Psychology
Children's Hospital of Orange County
1201 West La Veta
Orange, CA 92868-3874
Phone: (714) 509-8481
Fax: (714) 509-8756
On site interviews are held in early January and are by invitation only. Applicants will be informed whether they will be invited for an interview by December 13th (every effort will be made to inform applicants earlier). If an on site interview is not feasible or affordable for an invited candidate, a telephone interview will be arranged. The interview process includes a semi-structured interview. This format allows all applicants the same opportunity to show all of the skills and knowledge you have gained over the course of their graduate training. It also ensures that we ask you about all important areas. Time is also scheduled for more open-ended discussions where you can ask questions about our internship site. We also schedule time for you to talk to with our current trainees. With applicants’ permission, we would like to take a picture at the interview in order to assist the memory of the selection committee. This is an entirely voluntary process, and all applicants are welcome to opt out of the photograph. In the past we have had applicants bring a camera and take pictures of us as well. We invite you to do the same as we know how helpful photographs can be as a memory aide. We do ask that you respect the privacy of our patients and not take pictures that would include them.
Admission requirements for interns include advanced candidacy, good standing in their graduate program and current enrollment in an APA accredited clinical, counseling, or school psychology program; two years of part-time clinical placements, one year of which must include services to children; a background in basic psychological testing measures (e.g. IQ, achievement, objective and projective personality measures); and finally, exposure to and interest in pediatric psychology which can be demonstrated through coursework, clinical placement, or research. Discussion of your interest in pediatric psychology training can be included in your essays.
The CHOC Department of Pediatric Psychology internship program abides by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.
Applicants matched to the internship should understand that prior to beginning the internship they will be required to successfully pass a brief medical examination, which includes a drug test. TB testing will also be required. Applicants will also undergo a required background test which CHOC requires of all employees in order to ensure the safety of our pediatric patients.
Programmatic Questions: Please email or call with any questions about the program. Please direct any questions about programmatic issues to Dr. Heather Huszti at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (714) 509-8481.
Questions about application status: If you have questions the status of your application, please email Graciela Csneros at email@example.com or call (714) 509-8481 and ask for Graciela.