Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West hospitals Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

The Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West Hospitals Psychology Internship Program is fully accredited by the APA and as such, offers broad-based, generalist training in clinical psychology as practiced in a modern, urban hospital center. The internship has two overarching goals: (1) Development of each intern's professional judgment, proficiency, and identity, through experience with a wide variety of patients and treatment settings; and (2) Development of each intern's ability to be an independent, skilled, conceptually-based, and empathic clinician with a keen sense of the role of ethnic, cultural, and contextual factors in individuals' lives. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation by mail at the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, by phone (202) 336-5979, by email at apaaccred@apa.org, or on their website at www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.

Aims and Competency Development

In facilitating interns' proficiency to function as independent, generalist psychologists, the Internship Program is dedicated to developing certain core competencies These are competencies in: (1) research skills; (2) ethical and legal standards; (3) multicultural awareness; (4) professional values, attitudes and behaviors; (5) communication and interpersonal skills; (6) assessment skills; (7) models for intervention including evidence-based methods; (8) supervision skills, and (9) consultation and inter-professional/interdisciplinary skills.

Training in various diagnoses and modalities of evidence-based psychotherapy and assessment is integral to this process. An integrative treatment approach – combining psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, systems, ethno-cultural, developmental and medical model perspectives -- is emphasized. This approach is taught, and practiced by psychology interns, throughout the various clinical placements and didactics. Within this approach, an attempt is made to individually tailor each intern’s experience in accordance with his/her interests and goals. Ongoing program planning and evaluation involving the interns and their supervisors are an integral part of the program. Interns are encouraged to assume a gradually increasing degree of professional responsibility and autonomy as the year progresses.

The Internship Program is guided by the tenets of the practitioner-scholar model. Our primary focus is on developing the intern’s capacities to deliver clinical psychological services. This is implemented through supervised clinical experience and courses. Empirical and theoretical psychological literature is the core of our experiential and didactic training. Thus, we emphasize evidence-based intervention and assessment, empirically-validated psychological theory, and methods of scientific inquiry and analysis in our training and services.

The Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West Hospitals Psychology Internship Program is fully accredited by the APA and as such, offers broad-based, generalist training in clinical psychology as practiced in a modern, urban hospital center. The Internship has two overarching goals: (1) Development of each intern's professional judgment, proficiency, and identity, through experience with a wide variety of patients and treatment settings; and (2) Development of each intern's ability to be an independent, skilled, conceptually-based, and empathic clinician - with a keen sense of the role of ethnic, cultural, and contextual factors in individuals' lives. (*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 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org, Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation<http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation>).

The Internship begins on July 1st and ends on June 30th. Interns are expected to work at least forty hours per week, including two evenings in the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic (Adult Track) and three evenings in the Child Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic (Child Track). Full details on our program can be found in our downloadable handbook.

Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West Hospitals are an equal opportunity employer. In accord with New York City, New York State and U.S. Government law, discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race/ethnicity, veteran status, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or pregnancy, is forbidden.

The Psychology Education and Training Division also offers supervised clinical opportunities for Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Typically, there are 7 Post-Doctoral Fellows. These include 3 Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Adult Track, and 4 Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Child Track. In the Adult Track, there are Fellowships in the: Addiction Institute of New York; Center For Intensive Treatment Of Personality Disorders; Psychiatric Recovery Center; and the Adult Outpatient Clinic. In the Child Track, there are Fellowships in: CARES, Outpatient Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program/Inpatient, and Parent Infant Child-Community Psychology. Please contact the Director, Psychology Education and Training, or the Director, Child and Adolescent Psychology Education and Training to learn more about these.

Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West participate in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers' (APPIC) Matching Program, using the National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS). We thus ask that applicants follow the AAPI Online application process described in the AAPI (Application for Psychology Internship) Online section of the APPIC website (www.appic.org), and the procedures described for psychology internship programs on the NMS website (www.natmatch.com/psychint). The NMS Program Match Code for the Adult Track is 147912; the NMS Program Match Code for the Child Track is 147913.

The first step is providing the following materials, via AAPI Online and submitted by the deadline indicated on their website.

  • Application
  • Cover letter (including your statement of interest in either the Adult or Child Track of our Internship Program)
  • Two letters of recommendation (including teachers or supervisors who are familiar with your graduate work, and at least one, with your clinical skill
  • are familiar with your graduate work, and at least one, with your
  • clinical skill) 
  • Graduate school transcript 
  • Recent psychodiagnostic report (redacted  for confidentiality)

Please note that, following APPIC website AAPI Online instructions, the psycho-diagnostic report, which is not part of the regular AAPI Online application, must be converted into an electronic document (e.g., via scanning), uploaded to the AAPI Online service, and attached to the application as a 'supplementary material'.

The second step is interviewing and visiting our Internship Program site. Because of the large number of applications, we can only invite a subgroup of applicants for interview. We will contact you by early-to-mid December to either invite you to interview or to inform you that we are not inviting you for interview.

The Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West Psychology Internship Program abides by all APPIC rules governing the application and selection process. Under these rules, once a candidate's application is under consideration, very little information about the status of the applicant may be released.

In accord with this philosophy, model and goals, interns with interests and experiences that match these elements are selected. In particular, the following are qualifications for the internship program: 

  • Being a doctoral student in an APA-accredited PhD or PsyD doctoral program in clinical, counseling, or combined clinical-school psychology (both adult and child tracks) or school psychology (child track). Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation by mail at Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002; by phone at 202-336-5979, by email at apaaccred@apa.org, or at their website: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.
  • Having completed at least three years of doctoral study in such a program.
  • Having completed at least two years of supervised practicum and externship clinical experience with ethnoculturally diverse, poor, urban populations, comparable to those served by our hospital center (e.g. people with severe and persistent mental illness (adult track) , people with personality disorders (adult track), latency age and adolescent youth (child track), and others).
  • Having worked in diverse clinical settings, comparable to those of our internship (e.g. intensive outpatient treatment programs (both adult and child tracks), inpatient units (adult rack), community or hospital outpatient psychiatric clinics (both adult and child tracks), foster care or social service agencies (child track), schools (child track), and others).
  • Having conducted individual and group therapy (both adult and child tracks).
  • Having administered, scored, interpreted and written reports on at least two comprehensive psychodiagnostic assessments.

Our internship program, housed at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and West Hospitals is a comprehensive two track internship program.  Five interns are accepted in to the adult track and four interns are accepted in to the child track.

All internship applicants are expected to have completed a minimum of two full testing batteries and integrated reports before applying. Further, the program requires that applicants have a minimum number of hours of intervention and related supervision at the time of application. 

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours: 550

Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: 50

If you have questions regarding your application, please contact:

Leora Heckelman, PhD, Director of Psychology Education and Training Department of Psychiatry Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West

411 West 114th Street, 2nd floor

New York, N.Y. 10025

leora.heckelman@mountsinai.org