Pathways to Military Internships: The Summer Institute

The Application Period is Now Open!
Course Overview
Course Dates: 17-21 July 2023

Pathways to Military Internships: The Summer Institute is a five-day course that was established to raise doctoral students’ awareness of what it would be like to serve as a psychologist in the Armed Forces and to increase their competitiveness for a military internship.

The course is:

  • Offered at no cost and provides lodging for the entirety. (Students are required to pay for their own travel, meals, and incidentals)
  • Hosted at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences located in Bethesda, MD
  • Intended for 1st, 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
  • An intensive program which will 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


Through didactics, experiential exercises, and panel and group discussions led by CDP faculty and experts in the field, participants learn about:

  • Types of clinical and assessment opportunities for military psychologists
  • The warrior ethos, deployment cycle stress, military family challenges and resilience
  • Ethical dilemmas faced by providers working with military patients. Students have the opportunity to explore situations that may expose military psychologists to unique ethical challenges
  • Clinical problems experienced by Service members and cognitive behavioral treatments used at military clinics

Course Highlights

  • Chance to interact with psychologists from different branches of the military
  • Panel discussion with Training Directors from each of the military branches
  • Discussion of what military life is like for family members
  • Four hour training in PTSD assessment
  • One day skills-based training in assessment and crisis intervention for suicide

Questions can be emailed to Hakimah Campbell at

Application Deadline: 30 March 2023


This course is NOT appropriate for students who plan to begin their internship in the fall of 2023.