Internship in Professional Psychology :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Internship in Professional Psychology

The internship only accepts students currently matriculated in an American Psychological Association accredited doctoral program in Clinical, Counseling or School Psychology.


Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ohio State University have forged a partnership that offers outstanding opportunities in professional psychology education at several levels. Clinical, educational, and research activities are centered at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Nationwide Children’s Close To Home Behavioral Health Care Centers, the Child Development Center and the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. All sites offer students academically challenging, clinically relevant programs tailored to meet their unique needs within a rigorous curriculum.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a dynamic learning environment in which nearly 2,500 students from multiple disciplines participate in clinical experiences annually. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is fortunate to be the only pediatric tertiary health care provider and the largest provider of behavioral health services to children and adolescents in central Ohio. With a service region that covers nearly half the state, the scope of our behavioral health services ensures that psychology interns are able to interact with professionals and patients from urban, suburban, and rural settings. The Behavioral Health service line has experienced significant growth in the past two years with the addition of more clinical staff, research faculty, and psychiatric emergency care. Continued growth is anticipated which allows for breath and depth of training for our interns.  


The program’s philosophy of training is based on the expectation that interns bring to the internship year solid backgrounds in the science and practice of psychology. The internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital trains doctoral level clinical, counseling, and school psychology students to engage in evidence-based practice and to develop and demonstrate competency with regard to professional skills, ethical decision-making, and an understanding of how diversity factors impact this practice.

Training in our internship assumes interns have had exposure to and will gain additional experience with the major areas of assessment, intervention, consultation, and advocacy in professional psychology. Consequently, internship training is designed so that interns gain experience in many areas of psychology, as well as develop some level of expertise in specific topic areas. Ethical, legal, professional, cultural and ethnic issues are addressed as they apply to assessment and intervention.

The internship is viewed as a developmental process, whereby trainees are provided with the knowledge and skills needed for increasingly independent practice over the course of the internship year. Provision of this knowledge and skill base is undertaken in the context of modeling, mentoring, teaching, and supervision.

The internship program has identified five domains of competency that are specific targets for training. Those domains are:

  • Assessment

  • Intervention

  • Consultation and Interdisciplinary Relationships

  • Scientific Foundations and Research

  • Professionalism

These core competencies transcend theoretical orientations and clinical specialties, are essential to all activities of professional psychologists and are directly related to the quality of psychological services. Trainee growth and development is assessed on these competencies.

Clinical Orientation

Our Internship in Professional Psychology is designed to be a year devoted to clinical training in professional psychology. The internship year is viewed as a developmental process in which trainees are provided with the knowledge, experience and supervisory support necessary to develop increasingly independent functioning. This process is accomplished in the context of modeling, mentoring, teaching, and supervision. The faculty is committed to furthering interns’ skills integrating the science and practice of psychology.

Faculty in all tracks have a strong commitment to the multi-disciplinary approach to treatment, and offers interns opportunities to work with a variety of mental health and health care colleagues. The internship faculty have diverse theoretical orientations, and espouse behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, developmental, and systemic approaches.

Didactic Seminars

Interns from all five tracks take part in didactic seminars. Separate tracks have their own seminars. As a group, all 13 interns meet weekly for internship seminar. Topics are selected to be appropriate for interns in all five tracks and cover issues with regard to assessment, treatment, ethics, and multi-cultural issues.

View a list of seminars offered throughout the internship year.


Interns in all tracks receive a minimum of 4 hours of face-to-face clinical supervision each week. Supervision includes both group and individual modalities, with at least half of the weekly supervision being one-on-one. Audio taping, videotaping, one way mirrors, direct observation and co-therapy are used as supervision tools. Over the course of the internship year, all interns receive supervision from a number of different faculty members. The internship faculty believes exposure to a variety of supervisory styles and perspectives furthers each intern's professional development, assists interns in acquiring a general set of competencies in professional psychology and exposes trainees to several different theoretical orientations.

Each intern will have a training faculty preceptor. The preceptor's role in the intern's direct clinical supervision varies based on the track and the intern's clinical activities. However, across all tracks, preceptors serve in several capacities, including:

  • Coordinating the intern’s training plan

  • Ensuring the intern’s experiences are consistent with the intern’s goals and objectives

  • Acting as a mentor regarding professional development issues

  • Providing an ongoing, supportive relationship

  • Monitoring progress throughout the year via direct contact and feedback from other supervisors

  • Providing feedback about performance

  • Acting as an advocate when difficulties with other faculty or interns arise

  • Providing support regarding dissertation completion

Research Opportunities

Our training program emphasizes an evidence-based approach to clinical practice. The internship year at Nationwide Children's is designed as primarily a clinical endeavor. There are opportunities for interns to become involved in small research projects during their internship year. However, our policy is that prior to consideration for involvement in research during the training year, interns are making adequate progress toward defense of their dissertation.

Evaluation Process

Evaluation is an ongoing process and all supervisors and interns are encouraged to share feedback with each other throughout the year. An informal evaluation is completed at the two-month mark. Formal evaluations of interns are completed three times a year at four, eight and twelve months. Interns are evaluated by all faculty members who have supervised them during that period of time. The intern's preceptor is responsible for conveying the results of these evaluations to the intern, the intern’s track director and the internship training committee. 

Interns also provide regular feedback to training staff. Additionally, interns complete program evaluations at six and twelve months. This feedback helps training staff address current issues, as well as make necessary changes for subsequent training classes.


  • An annual stipend of $28,000

  • 15 days of paid leave for vacation and sick time, 6 holidays

  • Up to five days of personal leave for job interviews and home university-related activities

  • An allotment for reimbursement of professional expenses ($400)

  • Employee healthcare benefits may be purchased through Nationwide Children's Hospital

  • Faculty Appointment at The Ohio State University


The Nationwide Children’s Hospital internship in professional psychology is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation.The program is fully accredited through the year 2020. You may contact the APA Commission on Accreditation at:

Office of Program Consultation & Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979


The Nationwide Children's Hospital internship in professional psychology provides five tracks of emphasis. Below are links to learn more about each track:

Contact Us

For more information about any of the tracks listed above, we recommend that you contact the Associate Director that oversees that particular track. Click on the name below to contact either the Internship Director or Associate Director affiliated with the particular track you are interested in.

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