Military Internships (2022)

INFORMATION ABOUT MILITARY INTERNSHIPS

Updated August 24, 2022

The information below was provided to APPIC by the Army, Navy, and Air Force internship programs that participate in the APPIC Match. If you are considering a military internship, please review this information carefully, as it was developed in order to address common questions about the special procedures and requirements for these programs.

General Information

The Army, Navy, and Air Force all offer APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral internships. Applicants accepted to an internship with the Army, Navy or Air Force will also serve as active duty commissioned officers both during and after internship.

Internship applicants must meet the basic entrance qualification standards established by the Department of Defense and each Service to serve as active duty commissioned officers.

Applicants are required to process through a Recruiter in addition to submitting an application through the APPIC portal to each internship site. Applicants are highly encouraged to contact their nearest Health Care/Health Professions Officer Recruiter for the military Service to which they are applying prior to submitting the APPIC application, as it can be a lengthy process (see “Recruiters” section below). Ideally, applicants should initiate contact with a Recruiter six or more months in advance of each site's application deadline. However, if applicants are already within six months of the application deadline, they are still encouraged to apply. Application deadlines for each Service can be found in the APPIC Directory and on each program's web site listed below.

Applicants may apply to internship sites from all military Services, but they must process through a Recruiter specific to the military Service to which they are applying (e.g., if an applicant is applying to all three military services, then the applicant must process through an Army Recruiter, a Navy Recruiter and an Air Force Recruiter). Recruiters assist in building a file on the applicant, which administratively goes before a Board for each Service.

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Applicants do not have to be in the military to apply for these internships. For civilian applicants, there is no military obligation unless an applicant matches with a military internship through the APPIC match. Students who are already enrolled in military psychology training programs, such as the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), are subject to the contracts they signed when they accepted their scholarships. HPSP students should refer to their individual Services regarding their military service obligations and internship application procedures.

Qualification Standards for Appointment as an Active Duty Officer

Applicants applying to the Army, Navy, and Air Force internships must meet basic entrance qualification standards established by the Department of Defense and each Service to serve as active duty commissioned officers. Such standards are designed to ensure that applicants are able to successfully perform their military duties. For example, applicants must meet medical qualification standards, age and citizenship requirements, physical fitness standards, and security qualification standards, in order to be accepted for military service. Under certain conditions, applicants who do not meet the qualification standards can be considered for a waiver. Each military Service makes independent decisions regarding waivers. It is possible to receive a waiver from one Service, but not from another. Each military Service conducts their own selection board for internships, and all waivers must be approved prior to the Service’s individual selection board.

Service Obligations/Commitments

Those selected for an internship will incur an Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO). In general, the ADSO is approximately 3 years, but the point at which you begin discharging the ADSO depends on the Service. Each Service also requires mandatory military training specific to becoming an officer. The location and length of this training vary by Service.

General Timeline

It is important that internship applicants understand the separate but concurrent processes of applying to the internship sites through APPIC and applying to the Services for an appointment as an active duty commissioned officer.

The timeline for completing the AAPI is no different for military internships than it is for civilian internships. However, the timeline for applying for a military commissioning is much different. Ideally, applicants should begin their military service application by contacting a military recruiter (see below) in the late spring or early summer. However, if you are starting the process later than this, you are still encouraged to apply. Many of our applicants don’t begin this process until the Fall, but it is important to keep in mind that the process can be lengthy. Internship applicants should pay close attention to the application due dates and administrative requirements of each Service.

Center for Deployment Psychology: Pathways to Military Internships

The Center for Deployment Psychology’s Pathways to Military Internships is a program aimed at clinical and counseling psychology doctoral students who are considering applying for military internship sites within the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force. There are two courses in this program: The Winter Institute is a three day course held online in January, and The Summer Institute is a five day course held in-person on the campus of the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD in either June or July.

Students who attend either course gain valuable insights into what it would be like to serve as a military psychologist, including clinical activities, roles and responsibilities. The courses cover military culture, presenting problems most common among military personnel, military family life, and provide students the opportunity to interact with current military psychologists and Internship Training Directors from each branch. This unique program is offered free to the student; The Summer Institute also includes free hotel lodging. To learn more, visit our website.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Why do I have to start my application so early?

Applying for a military commission is a lengthy process, and must be completed before candidates are placed on a match list. Internships cannot place you on their match lists until they know for certain that you will qualify for a military commission. The most time-consuming part of this process is the medical clearance. All applicants must undergo a physical exam, and many applicants require waivers for various medical conditions. Completing this exam and obtaining any required waivers can take several months.

Q: Why do I have to meet with a Recruiter?

The Recruiter will prepare your application for appointment as an active duty commissioned officer. As noted above, this can be a lengthy process, because the military Service to which you are applying must verify that you meet the basic entrance qualification standards for that Service. If you require a waiver, your Recruiter will assist in submitting the waiver to the Service, and you may be asked to provide supporting documentation. Please note that waivers can require a lengthy process as well.

Q: Can I meet with any Recruiter?

No. You need to meet with a Health Care/ Health Professions Officer Recruiter for the military Service(s) to which you are applying. You will meet with a separate recruiter for each Service to which you are considering applying.

Q: Can I apply to internship sites from more than one military Service?

Yes. Applicants may apply to internships in all military Services (e.g., Army, Navy, and Air Force) concurrently, or they may choose to apply to just one or two military Services. Recruiters should not be discouraging applicants from applying to other military branches.

Q: Will a Recruiter ask me about which internship sites I intend to rank?

No. Recruiters and military internship sites are required to abide by the same rules as all internship programs that participate in the APPIC Match, in that they are not permitted to talk to you about how you rank sites. Recruiters and internship sites may NOT inquire about your rankings, require you to rank sites in a certain order or manner, or tell you which sites should and should not be ranked. Furthermore, recruiters and internship sites will never have access to your rankings, as APPIC keeps that information confidential.

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Recruiters may, however, encourage you to apply to all sites a Service offers in order to increase your odds of matching with that specific Service. However, the decision of where to apply and how to rank sites is determined by the student.

Q: Can I still apply to the active duty internships if I do not meet the qualification standards to serve in the military?

No. Applicants must meet criteria to serve in the military, because all interns are also active duty officers.

Q: Do I still have to serve in the military even if I don’t match with a military internship?

No. For civilian applicants, despite the extensive process required to apply for a commission as a military officer, there is no military obligation unless you match with a military internship.

Recruiters


ARMY

To contact an Army Health Care (AMEDD) Recruiter, go to https://www.goarmy.com or call 1-888-550-ARMY.

If you encounter issues or need assistance navigating the commissioning process, please reach out to the Army internship Program Director(s) of the site(s) to which you are applying, or alternately you can reach out to the Army Psychology National Training Coordinator, MAJ Patterson at Thomas.j.patterson75.mil@health.mil.


NAVY

To contact a Navy Officer Recruiter, go to: http://www.navy.com/careers/healthcare/ - Click on “Find a Recruiter” located at the bottom of the page. Type in the zip code where you will be located at the time you would like to work with a recruiter. Click on “Officer Recruiter.”

When contacting a Navy recruiting office, ask specifically to speak with a Medical Programs Officer Recruiter. Small recruiting offices may not have Medical Programs Officer Recruiters, but they can easily direct you to the nearest one. Or you can also contact: Dr. John Ralph, Ph.D. at john.a.ralph.civ@mail.mil (National Director for Navy Psychology Training Programs).

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AIR FORCE

To contact an Air Force Officer/ Health Professionals Recruiter, go to https://www.airforce.com/#connect. Click on “Find a Recruiter.” Type in the zip code where you will be located at the time you would like to work with a recruiter. Select “Healthcare student or professional.” You will be provided with an address and phone number of the closest Health Professions Recruiter. You will also have the opportunity to “Chat Live” with a Recruiting representative.

If you experience challenges or desire assistance in the commissioning process, please contact the Air Force Internship Program Director at the site(s) in which you are interested. Alternatively, you can reach out to the Air Force National Training Coordinator, Dr. Ann Hryshko-Mullen, Ph.D. at ann.s.hryshko-mullen.civ@mail.mil.

List of Internship Sites for each Service


ARMY

The Army has four internship sites. All Army sites participate in the APPIC Match.

  1. Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas
    https://bamc.tricare.mil/About-Us/SAUSHEC/Allied-Health/Behavioral-Medicine-Education-Programs/Clinical-Psychology-Internship

  2. Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington
    https://madigan.tricare.mil/About-Us/Graduate-Medical-Education/Clinical-Psychology-Internship

  3. Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
    https://tripler.tricare.mil/About-Us/Education-and-Training/Other-Programs-offered-at-Tripler/Clinical-Psychology-Internship-Program

  4. Womack Army Medical Center, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina
    https://womack.tricare.mil/Academics/Professional-Allied-Health-Programs/-Clinical-Psychology-Internship-Program

NAVY

The Navy has two internship sites that participate in the APPIC Match.

  1. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland

  2. Navy Medical Center San Diego, California

Complete information about Navy internships is available at the following website:
https://walterreed.tricare.mil/About-Us/Navy-Psychology-Training-Programs/Navy-Doctoral-Internships-In-Clinical-Psychology

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AIR FORCE

The Air Force has three internship sites. All Air Force sites participate in the APPIC Match.

  1. Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland

  2. Wright Patterson Medical Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

  3. Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas

For more information regarding each Air Force site, please visit:
https://www.usafpsychologists.com/.

FAQs

What are your expectations from this internship answer? ›

The student agrees to complete work that will benefit the host organization and in return is offered the opportunity to learn new skills, expand his or her knowledge of a particular field and explore career options.

Why did you apply for this internship Sample answer? ›

It's an incredibly exciting opportunity, and I'd be thrilled to fully apply myself towards making the most of it for the company and for my own professional development.

How do you increase your chances of getting an internship? ›

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  1. Leverage Your Existing Network. One of the most effective ways to get any position is to have a personal referral. ...
  2. Don't Be Afraid to Cold Call. ...
  3. Set Up Informational Interviews. ...
  4. Don't Give Up.
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Why do you want to join the military answers? ›

“I want to join the Army for several reasons. The first reason is, because I believe a career in the Army will give me discipline, organisation, and preparedness. These are essential qualities needed to succeed in life. I want to join the Army because I want to do something productive with my life.

What you hope to gain from an internship? ›

In addition to learning the specialized skills of a particular field, transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, and computer proficiency are also obtained in an internship, fully preparing interns to enter the workforce upon graduation.

What are 3 reasons why you should intern? ›

Five reasons you should do an internship
  • You will get an insight into a particular role. ...
  • You might find a role that is perfect for you. ...
  • A small opportunity can lead to a big one. ...
  • It will equip you with skills and experience to take to your next role. ...
  • Enjoy the experience.
24 Aug 2022

What to say when asked why do you want this internship? ›

How to answer "Why are you interested in this internship?"
  1. Understand what you can gain. ...
  2. Include how it can help your career. ...
  3. Mention the workplace. ...
  4. Describe why you're a good fit. ...
  5. Discuss industry innovations. ...
  6. Focus on the job duties.

Why should we accept you for this internship? ›

I possess the skills and qualifications and if you select me, I assure to deliver quality work and accomplish all the tasks given throughout the tenure of the internship. I am a team player with excellent communication skills and I strive to give my best to whichever thing I put my mind to.

What GPA do you need for internships? ›

Don't include your GPA unless it is exceptional or the employer specifically asks. In general, if you need a certain GPA to apply, recruiters look for applicants with a 3.0 or greater.

How likely are interns to get hired? ›

56% of all interns in the United States have accepted job offers from the company they interned for. An additional 14% of all interns in the U.S. are given a part-time job offer after completing their internship. 80% of interns who are extended job offers at the company where they interned accept them.

Is getting internship difficult? ›

Yes, it can be hard to get an internship.

The reason internships can be hard to get is because they are designed to benefit the intern with extra mentorship, valuable, relevant experience and networking opportunities. Make sure to research the company you are trying to land an internship with.

How do you introduce yourself in military interview? ›

Introduce yourself

This could include your name, your rank, that you'll be joining their command, where you're from originally and what type of education you have including any military education. This paragraph should make it clear that you will be reporting to them and what your background is.

Is the military hard? ›

Military service is difficult, demanding and dangerous. But returning to civilian life also poses challenges for the men and women who have served in the armed forces, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey of 1,853 veterans.

How should I introduce myself in an internship? ›

What do I say?
  1. Introduce yourself.
  2. Identify your goal or purpose.
  3. Describe your relevant experience, ability to contribute, and uniqueness.
  4. Wrap it up.
  5. Engage the person with a question.
  6. Follow up.
  7. Practice, practice, practice...then practice some more.
5 Dec 2020

What are five benefits of internship? ›

Internships can benefit you by helping you:
  • Gain job experience. ...
  • Apply academic knowledge to the working world. ...
  • Check if a chosen career path is right for you. ...
  • Gain exposure to different departments within an organisation. ...
  • Learn from mentors. ...
  • Develop a professional network. ...
  • Build your soft skills. ...
  • Find a permanent job.
20 Apr 2022

What are the disadvantages of internship? ›

Disadvantages of an Internship
  • It won't pay much. Most companies hire interns on the cheap. ...
  • You may get the grunt work. Some employers or managers take advantage of interns and give them mindless work that doesn't build new skills. ...
  • You could get labeled. Sure you have a college degree. ...
  • The hours can vary.
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How would you describe yourself in 250 words interview? ›

How To Answer, “How Would You Describe Yourself?”
  • I am passionate about my work. ...
  • I am ambitious and driven. ...
  • I am highly organised. ...
  • I am a people person. ...
  • I am a natural leader. ...
  • I am result oriented. ...
  • I am an excellent communicator.

What is the average age of an intern? ›

46 years old

Should I put a 3.2 GPA on my resume? ›

While there's no clear-cut rule that dictates when to include your GPA, most career experts say to only keep it on a resume if it's over 3.5.

Can I still get an internship with a low GPA? ›

Yes, getting an internship while having a low GPA is very difficult. But, NO, it is not impossible. Build up your skills well, equip your projects stack on the resume. Do some really cool, useful projects.

Do interns make a lot of mistakes? ›

All interns (and full-time employees) make mistakes, because we're only human and it's a natural part of life. It can be easy to trap yourself into thinking that everyone else is perfect and you're the only one who has messed up, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

Is it normal to do nothing at an internship? ›

It's surprisingly common for companies to hire interns without fully thinking through whether the amount of intern-level work they have will truly keep someone busy or not.

How many internship is enough? ›

Atleast one is necessary as per your curriculum. Other than that you can do atleast 1 internship in each summer and winter break. You can also do virtual internships during your regular classes.

What age is best for internship? ›

An internship is for anyone of basically any age. You can be an intern from the age of 14 years old, but a lot of employers and companies will have their own age restrictions, meaning you may have to be 16 at most places. A lot of places decide to set the minimum age as 16, but some may say 18 or older.

How many hours is a good internship? ›

As much as possible, an internship should be flexible in nature, as it is generally something a student pursues while also taking classes. During the academic year, internships are typically part-time, between 10-20 hours a week; not to exceed 20 hours a week (September-May).

Do internships expect you to know everything? ›

Since companies design internships for people new to the workforce, it isn't expected for you to know everything about the industry. Place your focus on being prepared, professional and eager to learn.

What is the hardest military to join? ›

The hardest military branch to get into in terms of education requirements is the Air Force. The military branch with the toughest basic training is the Marine Corps. The hardest military branch for non-males because of exclusivity and male dominance is the Marine Corps.

What are some internship expectations? ›

Interns must treat the internship very seriously, as you would with any other important career opportunity or class. Attendance, punctuality, dependability, good judgment, and maintaining a high quality of work are musts.

How do I answer what are my expectations? ›

How to Answer Questions About Expectations. While there is no right (or wrong) answer to this question, it's important to be honest, positive, and specific. Even if your expectations were not met, try to mention something positive that you gained from the role.

What are your expectations Sample answer? ›

“My expectations for the company would be to provide a work environment in which I can contribute to the team, I receive appreciation for my contributions, I have job stability and the ability to grow with the company.

What is most important in an internship? ›

Dictionary.com defines an internship as “any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession.” The most important element of internships is the integration of classroom knowledge and theory with practical application and skills.

What do you do when you have nothing to do at an internship? ›

10 Things Interns Can Do When They Run Out of Tasks
  1. Slow down and do simple tasks really well. ...
  2. Ask for feedback on how you are doing. ...
  3. Repeat a task that you have already learned to do. ...
  4. Ask your manager or another co-worker if there is anything else you can help with. ...
  5. Volunteer to make a manual or update training materials.

What is your weakness best answer? ›

Answer “what is your greatest weakness” by choosing a skill that is not essential to the job you're applying to and by stressing exactly how you're practically addressing your weakness. Some skills that you can use as weaknesses include impatience, multitasking, self-criticism, and procrastination.

What are your expectations as a student? ›

Students are also expected to demonstrate high standards of work habits, arriving to school and class on time; with the necessary supplies and materials; as well as completing all in-school and homework assignments. In summary, students are expected to be cooperative, responsible, and do the best they can at all times.

Why should we hire you answer best? ›

Show that you have skills and experience to do the job and deliver great results. You never know what other candidates offer to the company. But you know you: emphasize your key skills, strengths, talents, work experience, and professional achievements that are fundamental to getting great things done on this position.

What is your strength and weakness best answer? ›

I am very honest. When I feel that my workload is too large to accept another task, or if I don't understand something, I always let my supervisor know. My people skills are my greatest strength. I find it easy to connect with almost anyone, and I often know how to empathize with others in an appropriate way.

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