Pathways to Military Internships: The Winter Institute

New Virtual Training

The Center for Deployment Psychology’s Pathways to Military Internships: The Winter Institute is an online three-day course designed 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. CDP's first iteration of The Winter Institute, which extends a unique training opportunity to more doctoral students by providing the curriculum online.

Please note: You cannot attend both The Summer Institute and The Winter Institute. Students will have to choose one or the other. Taking both would also be redundant, as several sessions and panels are the same.

The course is:

  • Hosted online through Zoom
  • Offered at no cost to you
  • Intended for 1st 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th 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
  • An intensive program that will 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


Through online didactics, panels, 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 interventions used at military clinics

Highlights of the course include:

  • A chance to interact with psychologists from different branches of the military
  • A panel discussion with Training Directors from each of the service branches where students can ask questions about military internships
  • A discussion of what life is like for military family members


Questions can be emailed to Hakimah Campbell at