Application and Selection


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

Respecializing Applicants: We welcome applications from doctoral psychologists who hold degrees in areas other than clinical or counseling psychology, but are respecializing in clinical or counseling psychology. These applicants must be certified by a director of an APA or CPA accredited professional psychology graduate program as having participated in an organized program in which the equivalent of pre-internship preparation (both didactic and clinical experience) has been acquired.

In addition to enrollment in an APA or CPA accredited graduate program, all candidates for admission will meet the following requirements:

  • At least 500 hours of formal, supervised practicum training in assessment & treatment.
  • Satisfactory completion of comprehensive examinations.
  • Adequate preparation for internship as indicated by a statement from the applicant's graduate program director.

Interns entering our program have come from (not a comprehensive list):

Argosy University

University of Central Florida

Auburn University

University of Cincinnati

Bowling Green State University

University of Florida

Case Western Reserve University

University of Hartford

Central Michigan University

University of Houston

Drexel University

University of Iowa

Duke University

University of Kansas

Florida State University

University of Kentucky

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

Louisiana State University

University of New Mexico

Loyola University- Chicago

University of North Dakota

Miami University

University of Oregon

Mississippi State University

University of Southern Mississippi

Marquette University

University of Texas

North Carolina State University

University of Toledo

Northern Illinois University

University of Tulsa

Nova Southeastern University

University of Vermont

The Ohio State University

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Oklahoma State University

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Roosevelt University

Vanderbilt University

Spaulding University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Southern Illinois University

Washington University

SUNY at Buffalo

West Virginia University

SUNY at Binghamton

Western Michigan University

Texas A&M University

Xavier University

Application Process

Careful attention to the instructions below will prevent delays in processing your application.

Nationwide Children's Hospital is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). We abide by all APPIC policies related to the application, intern selection and matching processes. We agree to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. You may contact APPIC at:

APPIC Central Office
17225 El Camino Real
Onyx One – Suite #170
Houston, TX 77058-2748

Our program utilizes the APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI) online. AAPI required materials include a cover letter/statement of interest, curriculum vitae, official graduate transcript(s), 3 reference letters, and Summary of Doctoral Training to be verified by your program's Director of Clinical Training/Training Director. We do not require any supplemental materials.

Important Note: In your cover letter/statement of interest, please clearly state the tracks to which you are applying.

All applications and materials are due by: Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

We will not consider or review an application until it is complete. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application dossier is complete.

Background Check and Drug Screen

Our patients’ health and safety is in our hands. Upon hire, all new employees at Nationwide Children’s must complete and pass a background check and drug screen. The background check will include reference checking and a criminal background search complete with finger printing. NCH follows the Ohio Revised Code to determine whether a felony or misdemeanor conviction or guilty plea is a disqualifying offense for applicants to the Internship in Professional Psychology. For applicants to the Internship in Professional Psychology, NCH primarily relies on the background check requirements found in Ohio Revised Code Sections 3701.881, 2151.86, and 109.572 and Ohio Administrative Code Section 5101:2-5-09. 

All job candidates are required to successfully complete a drug screen as a condition of employment. NCH is a drug-free workplace, and our 9-panel drug screen tests for:

  • Amphetamine/Methamphetamine
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cannabinoids (including medicinal marijuana)
  • Cocaine
  • Methadone
  • Oxycodone
  • Opiates

Applying to Multiple Tracks

We strongly encourage applicants to talk with their academic advisors and supervisors and to reflect carefully upon their own training experiences prior to selecting a track.  On each track’s page we have listed factors that reviewers often look favorably upon.  We hope that this information will help applicants select the track that is the best match for them.

Based on past years’ applicant data and our own experiences in reviewing applications, few applicants are a good match for more than one track. On average, less than one percent apply to more than one track, and even fewer are invited to interview for more than one track.

Selection for Interview

Interviews are by invitation only.

We believe that a personal interview is extremely helpful to both the applicant and faculty in assessing the fit of our internship with an applicant’s training needs and professional goals.

The application review and interview process is handled separately by each training track. After the November 1, 2019 application deadline, each application will be reviewed by at least three faculty members. After the application reviews are completed, faculty members from each track meet to decide which applicants to invite for an interview. Those applicants selected for interview are then contacted by the coordinator for the respective track and invited for a 1-day interview. Applicants invited to interview will be contacted no later than Nov. 25 2019.

Interview Dates

Each track interviews on different dates, and at different Nationwide Children's Hospital locations. Therefore, it is not possible to have interviews for two different tracks on the same day. Interview dates for the 2019-2020 academic year are as follows:





Child Clinical


12/9/19 (M)

12/16/19 (M)

1/3/20 (F)

12/12/19 (TH)

12/6/19 (F)

12/11/19 (W)

12/17/19 (T)

1/10/20 (F)

1/9/20 (TH)

1/8/20 (W)

12/12/19 (Th)

12/13/19 (F)

12/20/19 (F)



1/15/20 (W)

12/13/19 (F)


1/6/20 (M)




1/9/20 (Th)





1/16/20 (Th)


Internship Admissions, Support and Initial Placement Data

Internship Program Admissions 

(Date program tables updated 7/9/19.)

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited APA or CPA graduate program.  Successful applicants have worked with children and families in a pediatric, outpatient, or inpatient settings and have been exposed to a variety of both externalizing and internalizing disorders. A basic understanding of psychological evaluation is also desirable. Prior experience with Evidence-Based Practices, specifically with children and families, is also highly desirable.  


Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours



Amount: See Below

Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours



Amount: See Below


Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
At least 500 hours of formal, supervised practicum training in assessment & treatment.
Satisfactory completion of comprehensive examinations.
Adequate preparation for internship as indicated by a statement from the applicant's graduate program director.


Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns


Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns


Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?



If access to medical insurance is provided:

Trainee contribution to cost required?



Coverage of family member(s) available?



Coverage of legally married partner available?



Coverage of domestic partner available?



Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)

15 days

Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave

15 days (same as above)

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?



Other Benefits (please describe):

  • 6 holidays
  • $400 professional expenses
  • 5 days for dissertation/interviews

*Note: Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table.

Initial Post-Internship Positions (Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)


Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts


Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree





Community mental health center



Federally qualified health center



Independent primary care facility/clinic



University counseling center



Veterans Affairs medical center



Military health center



Academic health center



Other medical center or hospital



Psychiatric hospital



Academic university/department



Community college or other teaching setting



Independent research institution



Correctional facility



School district/system



Independent practice setting



Not currently employed



Changed to another field









Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.