Rehabilitation Clinical Psychology Internship
NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation offers a Rehabilitation Clinical Psychology Internship designed to prepare interns for entry-level positions in psychology by introducing them to various professional roles psychologists can pursue.
Supported by hospital-based funding, the one-year internship has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1955 and is the second oldest accredited internship program in the United States. As a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), the internship follows a practitioner–scholar model of clinical training and totals 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experiences.
Training begins with a comprehensive two-week orientation program designed to acquaint you with rehabilitation medicine and the role psychologists play in the rehabilitation setting. During the remainder of the year, you attend four hours of didactic seminars per week on generic psychology skills and neurorehabilitation psychology skills.
You receive intensive training in neuropsychological testing, individual and group psychotherapy and cognitive rehabilitation, and staff and family consultation. Together with supervising psychologists, you work with patients from diverse cultural and disability backgrounds who have complex physical, neurologic, emotional, cognitive, and psychosocial conditions. These include cancer, diabetes, cardiopulmonary, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. You also get firsthand experience working with patients who have comorbid psychiatric conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety disorders.
Interns can complete intensive six-month inpatient and outpatient rotations, pursuing either an adult track or a pediatric track. Rotations are completed at Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital and Rusk Rehabilitation at Tisch Hospital. Interns who pursue the adult track also have the opportunity of working at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Center. A minimum of two psychologists supervise interns per rotation.
Internship Application Process and Prerequisites
The internship starts in the first week of September. Eligible candidates must apply through the APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI) online portal (username and password required). We follow the standard APPIC Matching Program guidelines.
In addition to a completed application, candidates must submit the following ancillary materials to Robert M. Gordon, PsyD, director of intern training, at firstname.lastname@example.org by early November:
- graduate school transcript
- cover letter, indicating whether you are interested in the adult or pediatric track
- three letters of reference, two of which must be from clinical supervisors
- a neuropsychological or psychological evaluation
- psychotherapy case presentation, which can be a treatment summary
All applicants must participate in an in-person interview; we will notify candidates of their interview status by mid-December. Each applicant is interviewed by Dr. Gordon, two staff psychologists, and an intern.
To be eligible, candidates must have completed all academic coursework and comprehensive examinations leading to a doctoral degree before the start of the internship. We prefer candidates who have completed a significant part of their dissertation before the internship.
A minimum of 600 hours of supervised practicum experience in child or adult settings dealing with psychological, physical, cognitive, and health issues is required before the start of the internship. One of these experiences should be in a hospital setting with previous rehabilitation experiences in the practice. We prefer candidates to have completed at least 10 integrated psychological or neuropsychological reports. Knowledge of neuropsychological testing obtained during formal coursework is required for this internship.
As a condition of employment interns must undergo a physical examination the summer before beginning their internship as part of the human resources process as required by public law.
Read the full internship brochure.