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Applicant Qualifications

As noted previously, MSH is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The MSH Doctoral Internship in Health Services Psychology has a strong commitment to diversity and is open to qualified individuals of any race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, national origin, religion, disability status, or veteran status. United States citizenship is not required for participation in the internship. Members of underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

The MSH Doctoral Internship is best suited for those students seeking clinical and professional training in an intensive inpatient setting. Although rotations in specialty areas are available, the focus of the internship program is the development of strong, generalist practitioner skills. Therefore, successful applicants will possess a solid foundation, through coursework and practicum experiences, in psychological assessment and therapeutic intervention. To be considered for a position in the internship, applicants must have completed a minimum of 225 intervention hours and 75 assessment hours by the application deadline. Previous direct exposure to an inpatient psychiatric setting and/or a severely mentally ill population is preferable, but not required.

Applicants must have successfully proposed their dissertation, and they must have passed their comprehensive exams by the application deadline. Doctoral students from Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology programs who have obtained approval from their DCT as being internship-eligible, and who will have completed at least three years of graduate training prior to the start of internship may apply to the MSH Doctoral Internship in Health Services Psychology. Students from APA-approved programs are preferred, but students from non-APA-approved programs will be considered.  

Mississippi State Hospital

Psychology Internship Program

PO Box 157-A 

Building 51

Whitfield, MS 39193

(601) 351-8528