The Internship at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is a full-time, APA-approved clinical psychology internship. Interns are eligible for appointment as Clinical Fellows at the Harvard Medical School, which provides the appointee with access to university libraries, athletic facilities, and other benefits. Most interns have reported that the internship requires about 45-60 hours per week. All interns receive four weeks of vacation time. The internship is full time from June 30th to June 29th. Stipends are expected to be $23,500 per year. Health insurance and other benefits are available to interns as employees of Cambridge Health Alliance.
The Cambridge Health Alliance Psychology Internship is accredited by:
The American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242
Goals and Objectives of Cambridge Health Alliance Psychology Internship
The overarching goal of the CHA psychology internship is to prepare doctoral candidates in psychology to understand and treat persons suffering with a broad spectrum of emotional distress. We also aim to prepare our interns to be future leaders in clinical service and training. Using a scholar-practitioner approach, our curriculum emphasizes a biopsychosocial and cultural approach to clinical understanding and treatment. Our specific goals are fourfold. First, we aim to develop competency in diagnostic assessment of patients with severe and persistent forms of mental illness. Second, we aim to develop competency in the consultation, treatment planning, and conduct of individual psychotherapy. Third, we aim to develop competency in collaboration skills across disciplines. Finally, we aim to develop competency in working effectively within complex systems of care. Our objectives toward each goal are as follows. First, interns will develop competence in psychological and psychiatric evaluations in outpatient settings, with particular attention to the assessment of risk. Second, interns will demonstrate competence in their ability to formulate clinical problems and develop appropriate treatment plans. Third, interns will demonstrate competence in their collaborative professional skills, working on interdisciplinary teams and with collateral treaters. Finally, interns will demonstrate competence in working with multidisciplinary staff and with the necessary communication tools for collaboration within a complex and distributed health care system.
How the Internship is Structured
At Cambridge Health Alliance, the education of psychologists occurs in multidisciplinary settings. A distinctive feature of our program is that psychology interns work in two or more clinical sites during their internship year enabling interns to pursue a wide variety of individual interests. All interns share a dual responsibility to the Psychology Division and to their placement sites, and report to the Psychology Division Training Directors as well as to Service and Team leaders.
All interns are placed one of the Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry Services, either on one of the General Psychiatry Outpatient Teams, or on one of the Cultural/Linguistic Specialty Clinics (Latino Clinic or Asian Clinic). The intern's other placement is a subspecialty experience with Adult Acute Services or with child and adolescent outpatients. In your cover letter with the AAPI, please clearly indicate the track to which you are applying: Option I, Option II, or Option III-A or III-C, or Option IV.
Option I: Adult Track (Adult General Psychiatry Outpatient Service and Adult Acute Services), with mini-rotations in either primary care or victims of violence.
Option II: Combined Adult and Child Track (Adult General Psychiatry Outpatient Service and Child/ Adolescent Outpatient Service at the Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Services at the Cambridge campus)
Option III: Placement in one of the following clinics:
Option III-A: Latino Mental Health Clinic and, either Adult Acute Services, or The Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Services at the Cambridge campus
Option III-B: Asian Mental Health Clinic and, either Adult Acute Services, or The Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Services at the Cambridge campus
Option IV: CHA/Weil Foundation Track. In this track, the intern will spend 75% of their clinical time with children and adolescents in outpatient Psychotherapy, evaluation and testing. The intern will carry 1 or 2 psychodynamic psychotherapy adult cases. This intern is a full member of the intern cohort, taking all required seminars with the other interns.