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Internship Program

The Doctoral Internship at VA Long Beach Healthcare System is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA), and our next accreditation site visit will be held in 2029. We currently offer eight fully-funded internship positions. One of these positions is designated for a Neuropsychology Track (general internship with special emphasis in neuropsychology) and the remaining seven positions are in the General Track, which follows our traditional model of broad-based training in multiple treatment settings.

NOTE: We regret to inform you that changes within our department have resulted in a cessation of recruitment for the 2023-2024 training year. All of our staff remain incredibly passionate about training, and we want to offer the best program possible. We plan to re-open our recruitment for the 2024-2025 training year. We sincerely apologize for the impact that this decision may have on you, and we wish you the best of luck on your professional journey ahead.

According to VA policy, internship funding can be provided only to students who are U.S. citizens and are in good standing at an American Psychological Association (APA) or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) accredited graduate program in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined psychology or at a Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) accredited program in Clinical Science. Applicants with a doctorate in another area of psychology who meet the APA or CPA criteria for re-specialization training in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology are also eligible. In addition, we require that a prospective intern's university advisor or director of training verify that he or she approves and recommends that the student receive an internship at this facility as specified on the APPIC "Academic Program's Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness" form. Only 52-week full-time internships are available. 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 any intern applicant.

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Point of Contact


Leela Farina PhD

Acting Director, Psychology Doctoral Programs

VA Long Beach health care

Phone: 562-826-5604