SMART for Schools

School Psychology Internship Network

The University of Southern Maine will partner with school districts and organizations around the state to develop pre-doctoral school psychology internship sites for the 2013-2014 academic year. Partner sites will host doctoral-level interns: students who have completed a minimum of 96 graduate credit hours of training and a minimum of 600-hours of supervised field placement training. Interns have passed comprehensive exams and been promoted to doctoral candidate status. 

The Network will include as many as 10 doctoral-level school psychology interns. Interns are required to complete a 2,000-hour pre-doctoral internship, typically completed over the course of one year, and which is supervised by a licensed psychologist. Supervising psychologists are required to be employed or contracted by the district or agency for a minimum of one day per week and must provide services to the district or agency in addition to internship supervision. 

Districts and organizations participating in the network have the following options:

  1. Host an intern for 2,000 hours with supervision provided by a licensed psychologist who is employed by the district/agency
  2. Host an intern for 2,000 hours with supervision provided through the Network
  3. Serve as a rotation site in which a predetermined number of internship hours are provided and supervision is provided by a licensed psychologist who is employed by the district/agency
  4. Serve as a rotation site in which a predetermined number of internship hours are provided and supervision is provided through the Network

 Doctoral-level school psychology internships are training experiences, with full-time interns receiving a minimum stipend of $15,000.  The USM School Psychology Internship Network can help districts arrange for supervision if there is not a licensed psychologist on staff.

The figure below depicts a model in which a district could host two pre-doctoral interns and hire a supervising psychologist for the cost typically associated with hiring or contracting with one school psychologist. Given the current need to reduce budgets, pre-doctoral interns represent a means of meeting the needs of districts and their students at a reduced expense.

 

For more information about the USM School Psychology Internship Network, please contact Rebekah Bickford, Psy.D. at rbickford@usm.maine.edu or (207) 780-5813.