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Education Overview

Introductory Letter

Dear Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in the Doctoral Psychology Internship program at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) at Piscataway. Rutgers UBHC is the mental health service delivery component of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS). It is also one of the largest and most comprehensive mental health service delivery systems in the country.

Our internship focuses on the advanced development of clinical skills among our trainees (referred to as “Psychology Residents”). We provide outstanding opportunities for training with a wide variety of client populations receiving services in a wide variety of treatment settings. Our training is primarily CBT based.

Our five major rotation tracks include:

Four trainees will match with the Integrated Primary Care track, while one trainee will match with each of the other four tracks for a total of eight trainee slots.

Please note that because the Integrated Primary Care track positions are supported by a grant from the HRSA, applicants must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for these HRSA-supported positions. We will accept applications from international trainees for the other four tracks, however.

Psychology Residents will spend three days per week in their major rotation (i.e, one of the five tracks listed above) and one day per week in a minor rotation. The fifth day will be spent attending our didactics program and participating in research. As part of an academic medical center, we have access to many faculty members conducting clinical research and will help you connect with a researcher doing work of interest to you.

Our Psychology Residents receive an annual stipend of $31,000. We adhere to APPIC requirements and participate in the APPIC Internship Matching Program. We therefore ask that you complete the APPI Internship application, obtain an Applicant Agreement Package from the National Matching Services, and register for the Matching Program.

Along with the APPI Internship application, please include your CV and three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who are in a position to evaluate your clinical skill and to comment on your strengths and weaknesses. We also request an official graduate school transcript as part of the APPI Internship application. In addition, please provide one (1) written work sample in the form of a de-identified assessment report.


When applying, please note that the Rutgers UBHC Internship at Piscataway is independent of the Rutgers UBHC Internship in Newark.


We will schedule only VIRTUAL interviews for December and January. This decision was initially made because of continued uncertainties regarding variants of COVID-19 and how this could influence travel, and we are continuing this decision because of our commitment to equity. Flying around the country to go to interviews is expensive and may be physically and emotionally difficult, which may cause qualified applicants to apply to fewer programs. We hope by offering only virtual interviews, we can contribute to a more equitable system.

Applications may be submitted until November 2, 2023. The top applicants will be invited to a required virtual interview. We will not conduct any in-person interviews or visits for the reason explained above. These virtual interviews will be scheduled in December and January.

Please feel free to call or write if you have any additional questions. I look forward to reading your application!

Marc L. Steinberg, Ph.D.,
Director, Psychology Internship Program,
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care – Piscataway
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Updated 8/15/2023