Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) offers school psychology internships at both the doctoral and specialist level through the Office of Psychological Services.
Program Description: Our school psychology internship program is over 30 years old has supported interns from across the United States. We follow the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Standards for Training and Field Placement Programs in School Psychology and support the NASP Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services.
Our program includes at least 1200 hours for specialist level interns and 1500 hours for doctoral level interns over the course of the academic school year. Interns are typically assigned two supervisors, and accommodations are made for interns attending APA-accredited programs or other doctoral programs that require supervision by a licensed psychologist.
Our interns engage in a wide range of experiences, including administrating assessments, individual and group counseling, participation in school meetings (IEP, Pre-Referral, PBIS), consultation with educators and parents, completing FBAs and BIPs, providing support in crisis events, department committee involvement, and opportunities to collaborate with school psychologists on systems-level initiatives. Our interns also enhance their training experiences with specialty rotations and regular professional development opportunities.
Specialty Rotations: Interns select two to three specialty rotations, which have previously included autism, early childhood, neuropsychology, community-based classrooms, emotional disabilities, severe/profound, and alternative schools. Interns with relevant background experience may also consider rotations in bilingual assessment and deaf or hard hearing.
Professional Development: The PGCPS Office of Psychological Services is a NASP-Approved provider of professional development. Opportunities for professional development are available during our monthly staff meetings when invited speakers present on a broad range of topics. Interns also attend bi-monthly meetings with the early career psychologists during which best practices and other relevant topics are discussed.
Bilingual intern candidates are encouraged to apply. All selected school psychology interns are paid a stipend over the course of their contract with the school system. Upon successful completion of the internship, we welcome an intern’s application for employment with PGCPS.
Application Process: The Office of Psychological Services is currently accepting applications for internships that will take place during the 2021-2022 school year. Application packets will be accepted between October 1, 2020 and December 11, 2020. Interviews are typically conducted during the first two weeks of January. At this time, interviews will be held remotely via Zoom or Google Meets.
Please submit all materials electronically as a single attachment to Dr. Bill Young, Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr. Jason Mathison, Internship Coordinator (Jason.email@example.com), and Trina Avent, Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your application must include the following:
For more information about application procedures and timelines, please contact the Office of Psychological Services at 301-431-5630.