The objective of the internship is to train interns to promote educationally and psychologically healthy environments for all children and youth by implementing research-based, effective programs that prevent problems, enhance independence, and promote optimal learning.
(Please note that this program is not APA-approved and does not have any relation to our APA doctoral internship program in Clinical Psychology.)
The school consultation services within the Home, School, and Center-based Services Division at May Institute provide consultation and technical assistance to public and private schools for individual students with challenging prosocial and learning issues as well as systematic training and technical assistance for entire schools.
The Internship Program is based on the scientist-practitioner model of training. Our interpretation of this model holds that the scientist-practitioner is a school psychologist who:
The Internship Program prepares students for school psychology practice through three principle training components: 1) structured field training, 2) a sequence of didactic training, and 3) a mentored research project. These components are described below.
The Internship Program offers opportunities in schools to deliver consultation and direct service, primarily for children and adolescents with severe behavior disorders associated with brain injury, autism, mental retardation, and other developmental disabilities. The primary clinical approach is based on the principles of applied behavior analysis. *Videos are available at the end of this page as overviews of our four schools in Massachusetts.
Seminars are taught by program faculty with strong backgrounds in school psychology, special education, and applied behavior analysis. Seminars are considered an integrated part of this program. Topics include functional behavior assessment, behavior support planning, social skills assessment, social skills interventions, classroom behavior support planning, and academic assessment.
Further training occurs during the mentored completion of a research project consisting of a demonstration of the application of the principles of evidenced-based school psychology to a clinical case. For this project, interns usually take a single case from their caseload and write it as a single-case submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
The Internship Training Program in School Psychology is focused on training interns in ten specific domains recommended in the NASP Standards for Training and Field Placement Programs in School Psychology. They are:
The program is designed for advanced-level doctoral students specializing in school psychology in accordance with the specific standards set by the National Association for School Psychologists.
Internship timeline runs from August to the final week in June of the calendar year. Interns receive approximately 1500 hours of training. Opportunities may exist to extend the length of the internship for candidates needing more than 1500 hours.
Supervision is provided by licensed psychologists or nationally certified school psychologists. Interns are required to participate in weekly individual supervision with their direct supervisor and group supervision with educational consultants providing similar clinical services.
Applicants must be in the process of completing a doctoral degree in school psychology from an accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States. They must be a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) or at least have taken the exam by the time of internship. 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.
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. The May Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual preference, or religious affiliation.
Typically, select applicants participate in a series of interviews with program faculty. 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. An individualized interview process may be arranged as needed.
Applicants must submit the following:
Note: Once an individual has matched to this program, May Institute will conduct a criminal record check (CORI), as required by Massachusetts Law. In additional we require driving record checks of all employees. Your acceptance to our internship program is contingent upon the successful completion of the CORI and driving record check with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The position is a 10-month position. Dates of employment will parallel typical public school schedules
(i.e., end of August to end of June). 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 8 paid holidays. All benefits are available on a pro-rated basis for interns who attend less than full-time.
Interviews will be conducted in January and final decisions will be made February 1.
Please submit application materials by December 30.
If you are interested, please watch the following videos, which are overviews of our four schools in Massachusetts:
May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Randolph, MA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeZFHCtPVFc&feature=emb_logo
May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Wilmington, MA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f443iUNiI0
May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, West Springfield, MA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSBGvuS3UQo
May Center School for Brain Injury and Neurobehavioral Disorders, Brockton, MA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcCb0iIIh5E&t=4s