Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

The primary goal of the APA-accredited Doctoral Internship Program in Clinical Psychology is to train interns who will become licensed psychologists, prepared to practice independently in clinical and research positions or community-based human service programs.

These programs may include center-based ABA programs for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), school programs serving children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities, and community day and residential programs for individuals with disabilities.

Our Doctoral Internship Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)* and is a member program of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).


Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data (PDF) 

Administrative Policies (PDF)

Core Competency Model (PDF)

Brochure (PDF)


Program Philosophy

The Internship Program is based on the scientist-practitioner model of training. Our interpretation of this model holds that the scientist-practitioner is a psychologist who:

  • bases clinical strategies on empirical research
  • can reference research literature while developing an intervention plan
  • collects treatment data using a valid methodology
  • conducts research in the context of clinical work
  • shares findings at professional conferences or through publication
  • understands the scientific limitations of the field at this time

Training Model

The Internship Program prepares students for integrated science and practice through three principal training components: 1) structured field training, 2) a sequence of didactic training, and 3) mentored research projects. These components are described below. 

Structured Field Training

The Internship Program offers a range of placements in settings that provide psychological services. For 2020-2021 placements will be organized into two tracks: Applied Behavioral Educational Services (APPIC code 171111), and Autism Center-Based Autism Services (APPIC code 171114).

Applied Behavioral Educational Services placement sites are located at the May Center School in Randolph. Interns in this placement participate in applied behavior analysis assessment and intervention with students (ages 5-22) who have autism and related developmental disabilities. Each intern maintains a clinical case- load, consults to classrooms, and contributes to research and peer review teams. Interns also work with senior clinical and educational staff to assist in the development of instructional programming and staff training. Depending on their interests, interns are able to participate in projects related to applied verbal behavior, skill acquisition, and treatment of problem behavior.

Autism Center-Based Services placement site offers opportunities for diagnostic assessment, but the focus is on developing intervention plans and treatment programs for toddlers and young children diagnosed with ASD based on medical necessity. The focus is on the development of social emotional, language, and adaptive skills. Parent training and interdisciplinary team consultation is also a component of this rotation. The center is located at May Institute’s corporate offices in Randolph, Mass.

The field training component of our program is designed to capitalize on the diverse training opportunities available at May Institute. Interns divide their time between two rotation sites four days per week, and the fifth day per week is devoted to didactic seminars, peer and group supervision, and scholarly activities.

Training Faculty

Cynthia Anderson, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Robert F. Putnam, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA-D

Ivy Chong, Ph.D., BCBA-D, M.B.A.

Alice Shillingsburg, Ph.D, BCBA-D

Sarah Connolly, Ph.D., BCBA

Lauren Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP

Whitney Kleinert, Ph.D.

Jennifer Zarcone, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Training Director

Ryan J. Martin, Ph.D., NCSP

Valerie Thompson, Training Coordinator



Seminars are an opportunity for interns to increase depth of knowledge in areas directly related to their clinical work. There are year-long seminar series that address the application of evidence-based methods to clinical and systems problems, issues of professional and career development, and critical topics related to assessment, treatment, and research.  In addition to didactic training, seminars enable interns to receive guidance and advice from practicing psychologists, peers, and recognized experts within and outside May Institute.

Mentored Research Projects

Further training occurs during the mentored completion of a research project: either 1) a demonstration of the application of the principles of scientific psychology to a clinical case or 2) a program evaluation project that uses established scientific methodologies to analyze a program outcome, process, or best practices issue. The goal of the research is either a poster presentation at a national conference and/or a submission to a peer reviewed journal.


Program Goals and Objectives

The Internship Training Program in Clinical Psychology is focused on training interns in seven specific domains: clinical assessment, intervention, clinical research and its practical application, diversity, professional skills and ethics, and supervision, and consultation. Brief statements describing the competency domains are provided below.

Admission and Application Requirements

Program Requirements

The program is designed for advanced-level doctoral students in accordance with the specific standards set by the American Psychological Association (APA). Applicants must be from an APA-accredited doctoral program within the U.S. Those candidates specializing in clinical or school psychology are most competitive.

This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from an intern applicant.

Below is a summary of the program admission requirements and intern selection process.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must be in the process of completing a doctoral degree in professional psychology from an APA-accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States.

Applicants must have completed appropriate practicum training (at least 700-1000 hours) that included delivery of professional psychological services appropriate for their targeted placement sites. Applicants must demonstrate ethical conduct and interpersonal skills appropriate to the professional practice of psychology. Applicants' interests and aptitudes must be in concert with our program's goals and objectives. Applicants should have an understanding of our program's philosophy and model of training.

If an applicant's doctoral degree is in a field other than professional psychology, the applicant must be certified by a director of graduate professional psychology training as having participated in an organized program in which the equivalent of pre-internship training has been acquired at an APA-accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States.

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic preparation, practicum experience, letters of recommendation, and degree of fit between the applicant's goals and the goals of the program. May Institute considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, sex, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, veteran status, age, or any other protected group status.

Interview Process

Typically, select applicants participate in a series of interviews with program faculty, usually conducted on one of three days in January, along with other applicants. This format allows applicants the opportunity to meet several faculty members and current and former interns and clarify their understanding of the program model and requirements.

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following through the APPIC online application process:

  • APPIC online application, available at
  • A letter of application listing the training track(s) to which they are applying
  • Appropriate APPIC Program Code on the letter of application (the correct code can be found on the Current Placement Training Sites pdf, available for download below)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A copy of their most recent Curriculum Vitae
  • All official graduate transcripts

Please submit all requested materials as instructed through the APPIC website (

Note: Once an individual has matched to this program, May Institute will conduct a criminal record check (CORI), as required by Massachusetts Law. In addition, we require driving record checks of all employees. A final match is contingent upon the successful completion of the CORI and driving record check with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Stipend and Benefits

Interns receive a competitive stipend while participating in the program and the agency offers health and dental insurance, basic life insurance, a 403(b) plan and short-term disability. Interns also receive 15 days paid leave and 10 paid holidays. All benefits are available on a pro-rated basis for interns who attend less than full-time.


Internship Program in Clinical Psychology
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*This program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation (CoA); 750 First Street, NE; Washington, DC 20002-4242; (202) 336-5979