• Affiliated With

    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
    • Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital

Internship Program

The Psychology Internship at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is a full time internship that is accredited by the Committee of Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Interns are eligible for appointment as Clinical Fellows at 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 $27,000 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:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street. NE, Washington, DC, 20002
Telephone: 202-336-5979
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

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. 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. Please see our Training Manual for an extended description of our goals and objectives.

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 indicate the track to which you are applying: Track I, Track II, Track III-A, Track III-B, Track IV, Track V, Track VI, or Track VII.

Track I: Adult Track (Adult General Psychiatry Outpatient Service and Adult Acute Services), with mini-rotations in either primary care or victims of violence.

Track 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)

Track III: Placement in one of the following clinics:

Track III-A: Cultural Linguistic Team (please indicate either Asian Team or Latino Team) and the Child OPD.

Track III-B: Cultural Linguistic Team (please indicate either Asian Team or Latino Team) and Adult Acute Services.

Track 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.

Track V: Adult Neuropsychology and Adult Primary Care/Behavioral Health: In this track, the intern will work half-time on the adult neuropsychology service and half-time in a primary care/behavioral health clinic.

Track VI: Pediatric Primary Care/Behavioral Health and School-Based Mental Health Clinic: In this track, the intern will work half-time in a pediatric primary care/behavioral health clinic and half-time in a school-based health clinic.

Track VII: Adult Primary Care/Behavioral Health and Adult Outpatient Services: In this track, the intern will work half-time in a primary care/behavioral health clinic and half-time in an adult outpatient psychiatry clinic.

Due to the clinics for Tracks V-VII being located throughout the Metro-North Boston area, interns in these tracks may benefit from having their own car for travel.