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Education Overview


Introductory Letter

July 2, 2021

Dear Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in the Doctoral Psychology Internship program at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC). 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. We provide outstanding opportunities for training with a wide variety of client populations receiving services in a wide variety of treatment settings.

Our 5 major rotation tracks include:

We also provide opportunities for minor rotations in Acute Psychiatric Services, our Adolescent School-Based program, the Rutgers Children’s Center for Resilience and Trauma Recovery, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Family Medicine (integrated care), Children’s Specialized Services, inpatient unit. It is possible that some minor rotations that cannot be done virtually could be postponed due to COVID-19. In addition, 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 program is primarily CBT based.

Our 5 funded positions pay an annual stipend of $27,000. We adhere to APPIC requirements and participate in the APPIC Internship Matching Program. We therefore ask that you complete the APPIC application, obtain an Applicant Agreement Package from the National Matching Services, and register for the Matching Program.

Along with the APPIC 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 APPIC application. In addition, please provide one (1) written work sample representing assessment/treatment of a client (a de-identified assessment report is preferred, however, a termination summary is acceptable as well). 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 2021 and January 2022. This decision was made in part because of continued uncertainties regarding variants of COVID-19 and how this could influence travel, but even more so by our commitment to equity. Flying around the country to go to interviews is expensive and often 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, 2021. The top applicants will be invited to one of three required virtual interviews. We will not conduct any in-person interviews or visits for the reason explained above. These virtual interviews will be scheduled in December 2021 and January 2022.

Please check back as we update our website throughout the summer and please feel free to call or write if you have any additional questions. I look forward to reading your application!

October 2021 update -->Applicants should be aware that  as a “Covered Individual” under University Policy 100.3.1, you will now be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The university is mandating COVID-19 vaccination for those employees covered under the newly revised Immunization Policy for Covered Individuals, University Policy 100.3.1. For these covered individuals, who are certain employees who work in health care and public safety positions (see the policy for more information on who is covered), the university is requiring them to upload their vaccination information to the Rutgers Vaccination Portal. For additional, up-to-date information on Rutgers policies related to COVID19 (as they are subject to change as circumstances changes or new knowledge comes to light), please visit the web at https://coronavirus.rutgers.edu/.

Sincerely,

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
marc.steinberg@rutgers.edu



updated 10/18/2021