Preferred Applicant Qualifications

The MSH Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship Program is best suited for those students seeking inpatient experiences which will complement their previous training in less intensive clinical settings. Although rotations in specialty areas are available, the focus of the MSH internship program is the development of strong, generalist practitioner skills. Therefore, successful applicants will possess a solid foundation in psychological assessment and therapeutic intervention, will have completed or be in the process of completing a formal dissertation research study or theoretical paper, and must have successfully defended the dissertation proposal prior to the interview date (no exceptions!) Letters from training directors should include confirmation of proposal completion. Doctoral students from Clinical, Counseling, and *School (* with adequate group therapy skills and experience ) Psychology programs who have obtained approval from their faculty and are internship-eligible may apply to the MSH Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship Program. Students from APA-approved programs are preferred, but students from non-APA-approved programs will be considered. The MSH internship program is open to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, gender, marital status, age, national origin, religion, disability status, or veteran status.

Application Process

The MSH Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship Program participates in the APPIC Matching Program, and applicants must obtain an Applicant Agreement Package and register for the National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS) Match in order to be eligible to match to our program. You can request an Applicant Agreement Package from NMS through the Matching Program website at or by contacting NMS by mail or phone (see “Contact Information” section). In order to be considered for admittance to our program, application materials must be received by November 15, 2012, and must include the following:

1. Completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) (available online at the APPIC website: The ”Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness” must include the original signature of the Graduate Program Training Director or appropriate Department Director

2. Current curriculum vitae

3. Official graduate school transcripts (must be received directly from the Registrar).

4. Three letters of recommendation:

a) one from a psychology professor who supervised your clinical training,

b) one from a practicum-site supervisor, commenting on clinical skills, work performance, and ethical/professional conduct, and

c) one from a psychology professor, commenting on academic abilities

5. A writing sample in the form of an actual psychological report or written case conceptualization with any identifying information deleted.


Send all application materials and requests for additional information to:

Justin Michener, Ph.D. – Training Director
MSH Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship Program
Psychological Services – Building 51
Mississippi State Hospital
Whitfield, Mississippi 39193
Telephone: 601-351-8010
Fax: 601-351-8086

Telephone calls to the Training Director or other members of the Internship Committee to clarify issues related to the program or the application process are encouraged. Please also visit our program's website at