Clinical Psychology Internship
Gain a holistic understanding of clinical psychology with our transformative internship program.
The Clinical Psychology Internship program at Geisinger provides advanced training in evidence-based practice and integrated care at all levels of the health system. Most clinical psychology internships prepare you for professional practice. Geisinger’s Clinical Psychology Internship goes beyond that. Our training philosophy reflects a commitment to developing your understanding of cultural and individual differences, social determinants of health and the complex biological and psychological factors with each patient in your care. Our training also teaches you interdisciplinary care coordination and collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, including primary and specialty care providers, nurses, psychiatrists, pharmacists, clinical social workers and case managers.
Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1986, the internship is primarily focused on ensuring you attain competency in all APA profession-wide domains (research; ethical and legal standards; individual and cultural diversity; professional values, attitudes and behaviors; communication and interpersonal skills; assessment; intervention; supervision; consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills). Like most APA clinical psychology internships, all your experiences in this Geisinger internship have been developed with this aim in mind.
To better meet your interests and provide a fulfilling experience, the Clinical Psychology Internship offers intensive training in three specific areas of clinical psychology:
- Adult clinical and health psychology
- Pediatric integrated primary care
- Clinical neuropsychology (Note: We are not recruiting for our clinical neuropsychology track for the foreseeable future.)
Find specific details on these tracks and associated clinical rotations on our program overview page.
Our faculty prioritize patient care and clinical supervision above all, but are also committed to continuous quality improvement, program development and evaluation, and clinical research. As an intern, you are encouraged to participate in a clinically focused project aimed at enhancing the delivery of patient care. Examples of current projects can be found on the pages for each clinical track.
Click here to learn more about trainee admission, support and outcome data (in accordance w/ APA Regulation C-27 I).
Geisinger’s leaders and faculty are committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is inclusive, respectful of and sensitive to individual and cultural differences. This is true for our patients, colleagues, staff and students.
The continuous development of cultural competence is a major part of the learning process for interns and faculty alike. It is a thread that runs throughout didactic seminars, supervision, clinical practice and the way we interact with each other daily.
We expect all interns to engage in healthy and productive conversations around all forms of diversity, including race, gender, ethnic background, cultural beliefs, religion, sexual orientation, age, social and economic status, size and physical and mental ability.
Speak with your supervisor or the internship program director if you have any concerns about diversity and inclusion during your internship. We take these concerns seriously and try to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all trainees. In addition, we have identified faculty of color and faculty who identify with the LGBTQ community within and outside the psychology internship who are willing to serve as mentors to discuss the intersection of professional development and diversity.
Seven Geisinger hospitals earned designations in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2019 LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Index. Two locations, including Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., received the “Leader” designation, the highest possible, with five other Geisinger locations receiving “Top Performer” honors.
Our program works closely with Diversity & Inclusion to ensure we follow best practices in the teaching and practice of culturally competent care. Review Diversity & Inclusion’s webpage for more information about Geisinger’s commitment to supporting diverse patients, members and learners.
The internship program was reaccredited by APA in 2017, and the next site visit of the Commission on Accreditation will be in 2027. For questions about the program’s accreditation status, contact:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First St. NE
Washington, DC 20002