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Syracuse VA Medical Center

Psychology Internship Program

This web site is intended for psychology interns who are considering VA for internships. Veterans can find VA health care information at the VISN 2 website.

Applying to the Program

The Syracuse VA Medical Center accepts interns through the auspices of the Department of Veterans Affairs Psychology Training Program. Applicants must be citizens of the United States and doctoral candidates in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from programs accredited by the American Psychological Association. A minimum of 600 practicum hours of intervention and assessment is required; we prefer at least 800 hours. We also prefer that applicants defend their dissertation proposal prior to beginning their internship. The internship year begins on a Monday, generally in late August. Please consult the APPIC Directory On Line for information on next year’s start date. Also included there are specifics regarding the stipend amount and other benefits.

Students who wish to apply should do the following:

  • Register for the APPIC Match through National Matching Services (NMS).
    • Match numbers: General Track = 149611, Rehabilitation Track = 149612
  • Complete the online APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI), including three letters of recommendation.
  • Your cover letter should include the following information:
    • Whether you would like to be considered for the General Track, Rehabilitation Track, or Both tracks.
    • Any particular career objectives or internship goals you may have.

Application materials must be submitted by November 7. Interviews will be offered to those applicants whose interests and training best fit the goals of the program. For those applicants who are unable to schedule a personal interview, a telephone interview may be arranged. Intern selection is based on a number of factors including demonstration of a strong academic background, scholarly productivity, and clinical practicum experience. Also important is the fit between the intern's professional interests/plans and the mission of the VA, as well as the goals and philosophy of our training program.

Requests for further information should be directed to:

Daniel Purnine, Ph.D
Director, Psychology Training Program (116)
VA Medical Center
800 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, New York 13210
(315) 425-3488

The Syracuse VA Medical Center abides by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (AAPIC) policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. Additional information regarding this internship is available through the APPIC Directory, online. Please refer to the APPIC website at* for current dates, policies, and information. Please refer also to the National Matching Services, Inc. website at* and register for the matching program in order to be eligible to match to the Syracuse VA. Matching results and applicant notification of placement will occur on the date agreed upon by AAPIC.

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: ***

Please be aware of the following requirements for this internship:

  1. United States Citizenship. Veterans Affairs accepts only current U.S. citizens as psychology interns. Prior to internship, matched applicants would be required to sign a Certification of U.S. Citizenship.
  2. Drug Screening. The VA conducts drug screening exams on randomly selected personnel. Interns are subject to these random screens as are all other staff.
  3. Selective Service Registration. The federal government requires that male applicants to VA positions who were born after 12/31/59 must sign a Pre-appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration before they are employed.
  4. Background Checks. All new employees, including psychology interns, are also subject to fingerprinting and background checks as a condition of their appointment.

Program Components 
Psychology Internship Home
The Medical Center
The Program
Psychology Faculty at the VAMC
Application Requirements
The Community - Syrcause Chamber of Commerce* 

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