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School Psychology Internship Program

Psychology StaffSan Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) is the second largest school district in the state of California, serving over 100,000 students. Due to its size and the diversity of the student population, interns have a unique opportunity to obtain a breadth of skill development across a variety of school settings, students, and communities. Because of this, our Internship Program is designed to build strong professional competencies across a variety of domains that develop school psychologists who can function in multiple types of settings providing prevention, intervention, counseling, consultation, assessment and program evaluation services. All internships within SDUSD are full-time, paid positions that require a year-long commitment. The amount of hours paid, as well as the daily rate of pay, are determined on a yearly basis based on budget availability.

Internships are based on the guidelines set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). We provide interns the opportunity to work with a variety of student populations and perform a wide range of school psychologist duties in order to meet their university requirement and obtain the Pupil Personnel Services Credential. All interns are assigned a primary supervisor (typically in a general education school setting) that will be the intern's home base throughout the intern experience.

Because SDUSD has over 170 school sites and specialized settings, interns have the opportunity to experience various sites through rotations for several weeks, as well as opportunities to visit and tour other types of settings within the district. Rotations typically begin in October, with interns typically participating in 2-4 over the course of the year, depending on the needs of the intern. The goal is to have a culminating final rotation that would be an independent school assignment, again depending on the needs of the intern as well as site availability. Rotation opportunities include comprehensive general education elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as specialized settings including school programs for students with emotional and behavioral needs, early childhood special education, and students with significant cognitive or developmental needs. Shorter visits or stays may be arranged with non-traditional school sites or community-based educational programs.

Intern Application & Selection Process for the 2020-2021 School Year

Thank you for your interest in being an intern with SDUSD. Our goal is to identify talented individuals who have distinguished themselves as being outstanding potential school psychologists. We have a multistep selection process for potential interns, which includes an application, portfolio, and in-person interview. SDUSD requires that 450 practicum hours must be completed by the end of the current school year in order to be considered for an internship position, in accordance with standards specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) (http://www.ctc.ca.gov/). If you are an in-state student from a university that is outside the immediate San Diego metropolitan area, please contact us to find out if your university has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with SDUSD. An MOU is a contractual agreement required between both entities (in this case your university and SDUSD) prior to allowing students to participate in internship activities with SDUSD. Your School Psychology Department Chair should have that information as well. Applicants from out of state must be enrolled in a NASP approved program AND must also affiliate with a CA university that agrees to oversee their internship experience. Please refer to the CTC website above for specific information regarding state requirements for out of state students. Interested applicants who have completed the necessary coursework and practicum hours can submit an application and portfolio.

Application: Your completed application packet must include all the following in order to be considered for an internship:

  • Resume/Vitae
  • Unofficial transcripts of graduate coursework
  • Copy of your university's requirements and coursework for school psychology
  • Copy of Certificate of Clearance
  • Copy of most recent practicum evaluation of fieldwork from previous supervisor
  • 1 psychoeducational report with identifying information deleted
  • 1 intervention of accommodation plan created by you
  • 2 letters of recommendation (at least one of those must be from your current or last practicum supervisor)

Completed application packets will be accepted beginning February 17, 2020 through March 13, 2020. Please deliver or send completed application materials to:

Related and Specialized Services Office
School Psychology Department
ATTN: Jeff Hoffman, Senior School Psychologist
4350 Mt. Everest Blvd. Room B-7
San Diego, CA 92117

Interview: Due to the large number of applicants, not all applicants will be invited to interview, nor will all applicants interviewed be offered an internship. Interviews will occur in April 2020, with offers being extended to selected prospective interns no later than May 2020 for a start date of August 2020.

School Psychology Intern Letter/Application/Flyer:

Prospective Intern Letter (PDF)

Intern Program Flyer (PDF)

Please contact Jeff Hoffman at jhoffman1@sandi.net if you have additional questions regarding school psychology internship opportunities with SDUSD.