Psychology Internship Application and Selection Procedures - Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
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Psychology Internship Application and Selection Procedures

Criteria for acceptance into the program

A FHCC Psychology Internship applicant must:

  • Be a US Citizen between the ages of 18 and 62 in good physical and mental health
  • Be free of pending legal action or convictions for criminal infractions
  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Be enrolled in a doctoral degree program in professional (i.e., clinical, counseling or combined professional/scientific) psychology in an APA or CPA accredited doctoral program
  • Have satisfactorily completed at least three years of graduate course work
  • Have successfully completed most academic requirements for the doctoral degree, including passing the preliminary, comprehensive, candidacy or qualifying (as applicable at your program) examination.
  • Have formal approval from her/his academic program to go on internship and certification of readiness for the internship experience.
  • Have at least 1000 hours of supervised practicum (See APPIC definition) training, at least 600 of which should be intervention hours and 100 of which should be assessment hours.
  • We encourage applicants to apply even if they do not meet the minimum hour requirements. We understand applicants’ hours have likely been impacted by the COVID pandemic and will make adjustments due to this. 
  • Be expected to complete the doctoral degree within one year after the internship.
  • Possess the interpersonal skills, emotional maturity, stability and temperamental characteristics required for satisfactory work with medical and psychiatric patients.
  • Be able to work cooperatively with other health care workers and professionals.
  • Actively and maturely accept supervision and responsibility for decisions and actions and adhere to standards of professional conduct and ethics.
  • Have basic skills in establishing rapport with patients suffering from a variety of physical and/or emotional disorders, conducting intake and diagnostic interviews, formulating provisional DSM-V diagnoses, administering and interpreting a basic battery of ability, personality and psychodiagnostic tests, and writing psychological progress notes and reports.
  • Have basic competence in counseling or psychotherapy with selected patients under close supervision, as appropriate to the area of emphasis in professional psychology for which the intern is being trained (i.e. counseling, clinical or combined professional-scientific).
  • Have participated in some form of scholarly activity: e.g. pilot studies, dissertation research, or assisting in a research project.

Application Process

Application materials to be submitted include all elements of the online APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI Online) and three letters of recommendation.

Candidate Interviews

The application deadline is November 12, 2021. Initial applicant screening occurs during the months of November through mid-December. Invitations to interview are extended to selected applicants who will be contacted to schedule mutually convenient dates and times. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we will hold interviews virtually. The doctoral psychology internship program at the FHCC is an APPIC member program and participates in the annual national computerized intern matching process. Our NMS Program Code Number is 128011 (general track) and 128012 (neuropsychology track).  Our Site Number is 1280.

If you are among the applicants who meet our requirements to be interviewed, we will contact you to schedule an on-site interview at a mutually convenient time.  Contacts for scheduling and interviews will be between December 1st and January 31st.

Match Process

Information pertaining to APPIC and the online AAPI can be accessed at

The Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation of the American Psychological Association can be reached at (202) 336-5979. APA’s URL is

The Captain James A. Lovell FHCC Psychology Internship program abides by APPIC and APA guidelines on recruitment and selection of interns and by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection of employees, interns and other trainees is made without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, politics, marital status, physical handicap or age.

Training Director

Suchi Daga, Ph.D.

Director of Training, Psychology

Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center

Psychology Service (116B)

3001 Green Bay Road

North Chicago, IL 60064

Phone:     (224) 610-5796