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Selection

photo of sopp students in a classroomINTERNSHIP SELECTION PROCEDURES

The Wright State University School of Professional Psychology Doctoral Internship Program (Program) adheres to all APPIC policies, guidelines, and procedures relative to information dissemination, interviewing, selection, and notification, including participation in the Match.  All Program training positions will be filled through the APPIC Match and/or Match, Phase II, unless permission is granted otherwise by APPIC and/or the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA), with a clearly defined process to review, interview, and rank applicants.

The Training Director, in consultation with the Doctoral Internship Program Committee (Committee), has established procedures for the annual review of all applications.  The Committee, chaired by the Training Director, will be comprised of one representative from each training rotation, and the Lead Intern.  The goal is to have an internship training cohort that is clinically competent, theoretically grounded, and interpersonally diverse; and who values generalist training, diversity integration, and varied clinical and nonclinical training exposure.

An annual deadline for internship application will be established, that usually being November 15th, which is consistent with APPIC guidelines.  The application, APPI, is reviewed for completeness and base requirements, as are the requested supplemental materials: 1) a redacted psychological report and 2) a sanitized intervention case conceptualization.  Applicants are also requested within their cover letter to designate his/her one internal, and one or two external, rotation preference(s).  All applicants must be at a post-practicum and pre-doctorate level relative to their training status, and be from an APA accredited doctoral program.

Following this preliminary review for application completeness and acceptability, application materials are distributed to committee members based on the applicant’s rotation preferences.  Each applicant is reviewed minimally by three reviewers to determine the applicant’s acceptability to the Program, and whether or not that applicant should be extended an invitation to interview.  All applicant reviewers sign a Statement of Confidentially, and recuse themselves if they have, or may be perceived to have, a conflict of interest relative to the internship applicant’s review and/or selection.  Applicants from the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology academic program are reviewed as are all candidates without preferential consideration.

Each reviewer independently completes a numerical rating/narrative (Evaluation Form) for each reviewed applicant, and makes recommendations whether the applicant should be interviewed or removed from further consideration.  Individual reviewer ratings are averaged on each applicant to determine an overall individual rating.  The applicant pool is then rank ordered based on individual ratings.  The ratings/ranking list is distributed for Committee deliberation to determine which applicants are extended an invitation to interview.  Based on Committee deliberation, an applicant may or may not be extended an interview regardless of their numerical ranking.  The Training Director shall contact each applicant in the interview pool by email (or phone) to schedule an interview, and to clarify which internal and external rotation(s) for which the applicant is still under consideration.

 

Applicants are typically scheduled to interview on the 1st and 2nd Wednesdays of January, with interview offers extended no later than December 15th, consistent with APPIC guidelines.  Applicants must confirm their acceptance of an interview, after which confirmation of interview date, schedule of interview day activities, and other supporting information (maps, hotel information) will be disseminated to applicants.  Face-to-face interviews are strongly preferred by the Committee, although applicants may request a phone (or Skype) interview in extenuating circumstances.  Applicants who are not accepted for interview will be notified on or before December 15th by way of a non-acceptance email.

Applicant interviewees are scheduled for a full day with us, with interviewees divided across the two days.  The interview day will consist of the following: Program overview with the Training Director; a group forum with current interns, meeting with Program’s administrative/supportive staff; interacting with rotational supervisors and/or directors; individual informal interactive time with current interns and Training Director as requested; tour of the WSU-SOPP Dr. Duke E. Ellis Human Development Institute, site of interviews; interacting with other applicant interviewees; and individual applicant interviews with internal and external rotational supervisors or directors.  A lite breakfast, full lunch and afternoon snacks are extended.  Lunch also provides an opportunity for informal social engagement and information exchange.  Due to time restraints and logistical issues on interview day, applicant interviewees will not be extended an opportunity to visit internal and external rotations.  However, interviewees may on an individual optional basis elect to coordinate an onsite visit at the various rotations post interview.

Applicant rotation preferences are indicated at the time of initial internship application, which is also used to determine individual applicant interviews.  Efforts are made to match the applicant with his/her preferred rotation(s), if deemed appropriate by the Committee.  Applicants will be interviewed by representatives from at least one internal and one external rotation based on their invitation to interview notification.  Each individual interview is approximately 30 minutes.  The applicant is judged along a 5-point scale, in addition to narrative comments, utilizing the Interview Rating Form.  At the conclusion of each interview day, a rating form (Interview Rating Form) for each interviewee is returned to the Training Director.  The interview ratings are compiled and then averaged with the written application ratings to generate a second rank order list of applicants.

The Committee meets again post interviews to make recommendations to the Training Director relative to a final applicant pool, and rankings for each rotation.  The Training Director compiles the final applicant rank list based on Committee recommendations and submits it to the Match adhering to APPIC guidelines.  The Training Director has final determination and authority relative to all Match rankings and submissions.

Important notice to all candidates: The Program is cognizant of, and has a commitment to fulfill, its legal and ethical mandates as an equal employment/training opportunity program/institution.  Further, the Program values the educational and training benefits which devolve to interns when the faculty/staff/supervisors are broadly representative of our diverse, multicultural, American society.  Therefore, the Program especially welcomes applications from candidates whose background may contribute to the further diversification of our community, including—but not limited to—characteristics of age, citizenship, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender or gender identification, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, and/or sexual orientation.  Candidates who possess personal characteristics that might be considered as diversifying elements are invited to identify themselves during the various aspects of the application/interview process.