53| Internship Preparedness, Applications, and Interviews – A Conversation With Dr. Suzanne Penna

Our rock-star co-production coordinator, Leslie Gaynor (a graduate student at the University of Florida and intern at Emory University), talks with Suzanne Penna, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, about internship preparedness, applications, and interviews for NavNeuro’s student listeners.  Additionally, they discuss how the internship interview process will differ this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A pdf of the transcript for this episode is available here.

Topics Covered

  • Different levels of neuropsychological training offered by clinical internships
  • Experiences graduate students may complete in preparation for clinical internship
  • The type of information students should track for APPIC hours reporting
  • Different internship settings and the clinical experiences that are offered by each
  • How students can choose where to apply to for internship
  • Other aspects of training and opportunities offered by clinical internship sites
  • Types of internship site accreditation
  • When and how students can begin their internship application process
  • How to choose recommendation letter writers
  • Other elements of internship applications, including essays, cover letters, and work samples
  • How the internship interview process will differ due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how students can adjust
  • Resources offered by AITCN for students applying for internship

About Suzanne

Dr. Suzanne Penna is a board-certified neuropsychologist.  She is an Associate Professor and Director of Neuropsychology Training for the graduate, internship, and fellowship training programs at Emory University, and a clinician at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.  She currently serves as secretary and treasurer for the Association for Internship Training in Clinical Neuropsychology (“AITCN”), as well as the treasurer for the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (“APPCN”).

Selected Resources

NavNeuro’s episode on interviewing for internship, which includes a list of resources regarding the interview process

Webinars on applying during the pandemic: Part 1 and Part 2

APPIC Recruitment and Selection Guidance for 2021-22