Psychology Predoctoral Internship

The University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (USC UCEDD) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited internship in clinical psychology.  The internship is comprised of two required placements and one specialty placement in a variety of departments and clinical services. The two required clinical placements represent generalist skills of a child-focused psychologist: Child/Family Therapy and Psychological Assessment. The specialized placements focus on an area of specialty practice such as:

  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Early Childhood Mental Health
  • Assessment, Consultation and Education
  • Trauma Psychology 
  • Adolescent Medicine

The training program is designed to prepare doctoral candidates to assume the role of a practicing professional in both the private and public sectors of mental health care and psychology practice. Through didactic lectures and seminars, intensive supervision and ample direct patient contact, interns receive comprehensive experience in quality psychology training which engages them in psychological assessment treatment/therapy, consultation and community involvement. The internship program provides training in the principles of psychology as applied to pediatric behavioral and developmental disorders through supervised experience in outpatient mental health clinics, community clinics and/or pediatric hospital units.

The USC UCEDD's psychology predoctoral internship joined the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) in 1997 and received seven years of full accreditation by the APA in 2012. The year-long, full-time, predoctoral clinical and pediatric psychology internship begins July 1st and ends June 30th. The application deadline is November 1.

  • Fast Facts
  • How to Apply
  • Accreditation
  • ACGME AccreditedNo
  • APA Accredited: Yes
  • Interns per year:  10
  • Application Deadline: November 1
  • Duration:  1 year
  • Postgraduate Training Required
  • U.S. Citizenship Required

To find out more about our program, please visit and review the latest Psychology Predoctoral Internship program brochure. To apply, please refer to the contact information below.

For information about the program’s accreditation, please contact the:

American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation 
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
Fax:  202-336-5978