Pathways to Military Internships: Preparing for a Career in Military Psychology

The Center for Deployment Psychology’s Pathways to Military Internships is a program aimed at doctoral students in clinical or counseling psychology who are seriously considering applying for military internships at one of the ten training programs located throughout the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force. The program’s vision is to be a valued training resource for military psychology by preparing top psychology students for a military internship.

Pathways to Military Internships comprises two training programs, The Summer Institute and The Winter Institute. Both training programs are designed to raise doctoral students’ awareness of what it would be like to serve as a military psychologist and to familiarize them with key aspects of a behavioral health career in the Armed Forces. In addition, students gain valuable military insights that increase their competitiveness for a military internship. In addition, students gain valuable military insights, which enhances their competitiveness for a military internship.

The Summer and Winter Institutes provide students with the unique opportunity to:

  • Gain knowledge about military culture and military psychologists’ clinical activities and responsibilities
  • Learn about presenting problems most common among military personnel and evidence-based strategies to treat them
  • Develop skills for working with military clients consistent with evidence-based practice and conceptualizing cases through a cognitive-behavioral framework
  • Discover how military life affects not only the service member, but also the family system

The curriculum includes:

  • Didactics on military values and military and deployment related psychology topics
  • Discussions about ethics and clinical practice unique to military providers
  • Interactive panels with military psychologists and training directors from DoD psychology internships
  • Networking opportunities for pursuing a military psychology career

THE SUMMER INSTITUTE (Apply now)
The Summer Institute is an intensive, five-day course held in person during a week in June or July at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, MD on the same campus as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Course Dates 20-24 June 2022

  • Offered at no cost and provides lodging for the entire weeklong course (Students are required to pay for their own travel, meals, and incidentals)
  • Intended for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year doctoral students in clinical or counseling psychology
  • Aimed at students seriously considering applying for military internships at one of the ten training programs located throughout the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force
  • Designed to strengthen trainees’ backgrounds in military behavioral health as they gain first-hand knowledge of military culture, the work of psychologists serving in uniform, and evidence-based strategies to treat active duty service members

To qualify, students must be U.S. citizens, complete an application with an essay and short answers, and be enrolled in an APA-accredited clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program.

THE WINTER INSTITUTE
The Winter Institute is a three-day course held online.
Course Dates 10-12 January 2022

  • Hosted online via Zoom
  • Intended for 1st 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year doctoral students in clinical or counseling psychology
  • Aimed at students seriously exploring the idea of applying to a military internship at one of the ten training programs located throughout the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force
  • Designed to strengthen trainees’ backgrounds in military behavioral health as they gain first-hand knowledge of military culture and the work of military psychologists who treat active duty service members

To qualify, students must be U.S. citizens, complete an application with short answers, and be enrolled in an APA-accredited clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program.

What is the difference between The Summer Institute and The Winter Institute?

  • The Winter Institute is online while The Summer Institute is in-person
  • The Winter Institute is three days while the Summer Institute is five days
  • The Summer Institute curriculum covers more extensive topics including a day of evidence-based training on suicide prevention

Please note: You cannot attend both Institutes. Students have to choose one or the other.

Questions can be emailed to Hakimah Campbell at hakimah.campbell.ctr@usuhs.edu.