High Plains Psychology Internship Consortium (High Plains PIC) currently offers 4 full-time positions: 1 position in eastern Colorado (placement at Converge Day Treatment Center), 1 position in northern Colorado (placement at Colorado Center for Assessment and Counseling), and 2 positions in western Nebraska (placement at Educational Service Unit #13 and Options in Psychology).
Students interested in applying for the internship program should submit an online application through the APPIC website (www.appic.org).
A complete application consists of the following materials:
1. A completed online AAPI (APPIC’s standard application)
2. Cover letter (part of online AAPI) stating your preferred training site(s) and why you are interested in those sites specifically. Applicants can indicate their interest in more than one site within the consortium in one cover letter.
3. A current Curriculum Vitae (as part of the online AAPI)
4. Three standardized reference forms, at least two of which must come from individuals who have directly supervised your work (as part of the online AAPI)
5. Official transcripts of all graduate coursework (as part of the online AAPI)
6. Supplementary materials:
a) One full integrated assessment report (please redact appropriately)
All application materials must be received by December 1 in order to be considered. All applicants will be notified of their application status by e-mail. If applicants are invited to interview, they will be notified by email on or before December 15. Interviews will be scheduled in early January. In person interviews will take place in Greeley, Colorado. Videoconference interviews will be provided in cases where travel to Colorado is not an option.
High Plains PIC bases its selection process on the entire application package noted above; however, applicants who have met the following qualifications prior to beginning internship are considered preferred:
1) APA-accredited program
2) A minimum of 350 intervention hours
3) A minimum of 50 assessment hours
4) Dissertation proposal scheduled or defended
5) Some experience or special interest in working with underserved and/or diverse populations, particularly those located in rural areas
6) Some experience or interest in working with children or adolescents
7) School Psychology applicants (required for ESU#13 only)
High Plains PIC is also partially affiliated with the University of Northern Colorado Department of School Psychology and therefore, applicants from UNC will be more heavily weighted. Applicants from other programs are still considered and encouraged to apply.
In addition to the preferences noted above, High Plains PIC values the unique contributions that individually and/or culturally diverse interns provide within training and work environments. The Training Committee strongly encourages diverse applicants to apply. High Plains PIC also takes into consideration the potential commitment or interest of any prospective intern to remain in rural Colorado and/or Nebraska following internship. Developing a strong behavioral health workforce is an important consideration for the consortium, and an interest in remaining in the rural, underserved area to join the workforce is considered a benefit in a potential intern.
Finally, High Plains PIC requires that the matched intern meet additional site-level criteria, including a background check and physical exam, to begin their training year. If a matched intern does not meet site-level criteria, the match agreement will be terminated and the intern will not be allowed to complete their internship within High Plains PIC.