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Clinical Psychology Summer Internship

Serve as a "confederate" in therapy sessions and as Psychologists' assistants in this innovative organization that treats phobias in children.


Apply early for this competitive internship! Priority Applications will be reviewed upon submission.





Dates: JUNE 05 - AUGUST 11 2023


Opportunities and Responsibilities

·   Receive weekly Professional Development Seminars focused on graduate school preparation, including hearing presenters talk about their graduate school path in various disciplines (social work, psychology, education, etc.) to help you decide your own path
·   Learn about the logistics of graduate school funding and how to minimize student loans
·   Gain a better understanding of the various graduate school paths and life after graduate school
·   Assist the ATSA Team with daily office duties and routine
·   Participate in ATSA Intern meetings
·   Gain experience in completing phone intakes and triage of calls
·   Attend a 2-day selective mutism training seminar
·   Serve as “confederates” in therapy sessions for children with selective mutism
·   Have the opportunity to submit abstracts for conference presentations
·   Gain experience in marketing a psychology practice, including social media outlets
·   Serve as a psychologist’s assistant during ATSA’s Adventure Camp for children with selective mutism
·   Complete your internship by gaining hands-on clinical experience working directly with children at Adventure Camp!


·   3.5 cumulative GPA or higher is recommended, open to all majors (psychology majors strongly preferred)
·   Outstanding oral and written communication skills
·   Organized, responsible, and interpersonally effective
·   Strong critical thinking skills
·   Ability to work well independently, with minimal supervision 
·   Ability to work collaboratively among a team of interns and staff
·   Ability to intern June 5th - August 11th, Tuesday - Friday, 9am - 5pm (with extended hours during Adventure Camp week)


Please submit the following to
With “Internship 2023” in the subject line of the email, send:
·   Cover letter
·   Résumé
·   Personal Statement (please include a bio pic) 
·   College Transcript
With “Recommendation for [NAME]” in the subject line of the email, send:
·   2 letters of recommendation, with “Recommendation for [NAME]” in the subject line, submitted directly by your recommenders
Once we have received your submission and your recommendation letters from your references, then your application will be considered complete and eligible for review.

Summer Internship Application Timeline: 

Application Deadlines: 
  • Priority Round - November 28, 2022 11:59 pm CST (applications reviewed upon receipt)
  • Interviews: December 2022 - January 2023
  • Early Notification Day: February 14, 2023 5:00pm CST
  • Round 2 - January 22, 2023 11:59 pm CST
  • Interviews: February 1 - 28, 2023
  • Notification Day: March 1, 2023 5:00pm CST
Note: Some educational institutions require prior approval before the start of an internship. It is the responsibility of the student to check with their institution to be sure they meet any requirements before they accept a position.



"Why Should I Apply for a Psychology College Summer Internship?"

Pursuing a career in psychology likely means you are considering graduate schools. You will soon discover that doctoral programs in clinical psychology are extremely competitive. In fact, securing a funded seat in a Ph.D. clinical psychology graduate program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) is actually more competitive than getting into medical school. Even if you obtain a highly sought-after seat at a graduate university, you then have to contend with applying for a psychology doctoral-level internship for your final year. Obtaining an APA-accredited internship is more difficult than years past as there are more students than internships available. Each year, there are a large number of students who are not matched to an APA site. APA actually refers to it as a "crisis" for budding psychologists in their APA Monitor article, "The Internship Match Crisis Continues."
Why is this important to you? Because graduate school in clinical psychology is competitive, requires a true commitment to see it through, and can be costly as well, possibly leaving you with substantial loans that should not be entered into lightly. It is smart to participate in an internship that allows you the opportunity to decide if a career in clinical psychology is what you really want before applying to graduate school. While there are plenty of research opportunities for undergraduates, likely in your current program, clinical opportunities are rare for undergraduates. Previous ATSA interns have said that being a part of the clinical scene has helped them formulate what path they want to follow for graduate studies.
A summer internship at ATS is unique. You will serve as "confederates" in the treatment of children with a phobia called "selective mutism." You will have the opportunity to shadow therapy sessions, videotape sessions, create meaningful clips of therapy sessions to foster learning, and work with a multidisciplinary team of school psychologists, clinical psychologists, school social workers, speech language pathologists, occupational psychologists, school personnel, and general pediatric providers in an innovative intensive treatment protocol called Adventure Camp. You will have the opportunity to work alongside professionals, providing a rich opportunity for networking and potential recommendation letters. And the best part: seeing the children heal will be something you’ll carry with you forever.