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PhD/PsyD 2016-2017 Internship Application Thread

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NeuroLady

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This is early and before this years match day, but deadlines are looming and my head is full of projects and hours I hope to complete before application day. Where should I focus my attention first?

We've got:
Dissertation
Hours/ Experience (assessment and integrated reports)
I have 1 or 2 more presentations coming
Hoping to have a few pubs
Classes and the last comp

Then the application:
Nailing down a list of sites (how does one find "the right fit?")
Essays/ cover letters/ CV updates (should I even worry about this before the summer?)

Is there anything I'm missing? What's most important? What does "the right fit" really mean? Anything we can do in the final months to strengthen our applications?
 

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Neurolady, I would generally spend one to two hours looking at sites of interest and getting an idea of what the minimum requirements are for practicum hours/assessments, etc and make sure that you are on track. Then I would not think about it again until June or July. :)
 
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This is early and before this years match day, but deadlines are looming and my head is full of projects and hours I hope to complete before application day. Where should I focus my attention first?

We've got:
Dissertation
Hours/ Experience (assessment and integrated reports)
I have 1 or 2 more presentations coming
Hoping to have a few pubs
Classes and the last comp

Then the application:
Nailing down a list of sites (how does one find "the right fit?")
Essays/ cover letters/ CV updates (should I even worry about this before the summer?)

Is there anything I'm missing? What's most important? What does "the right fit" really mean? Anything we can do in the final months to strengthen our applications?

this is so early. immerse yourself in your clinical training, research/pubs, and getting hours and practice. over the summer (like 4 months from now), start looking at sites and writing rough drafts of essays. talk to classmates a year ahead of you in a few months (give them time to breathe) about what type of timeline they used.

when you start jumping ahead and thinking so far in advance, you risk losing focus on your training and what you're supposed to be learning.
 

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this is so early. immerse yourself in your clinical training, research/pubs, and getting hours and practice. over the summer (like 4 months from now), start looking at sites and writing rough drafts of essays. talk to classmates a year ahead of you in a few months (give them time to breathe) about what type of timeline they used.

when you start jumping ahead and thinking so far in advance, you risk losing focus on your training and what you're supposed to be learning.

Dissertation, dissertation, dissertation. By far the most important thing is to get that well along or be done. Having a completed dissertation at the time of application is a great step up. Being done before you go on internship will make all the difference in the world to the stress of that year. Don't get distracted yet. Focus on getting that done and making the most of present classwork...
 
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Dissertation, dissertation, dissertation. By far the most important thing is to get that well along or be done. Having a completed dissertation at the time of application is a great step up. Being done before you go on internship will make all the difference in the world to the stress of that year. Don't get distracted yet. Focus on getting that done and making the most of present classwork...
I can vouch for this. You feel like its much more of a vacation when you're interviewing if you're completely finished.

Also. Don't worry this far ahead (especially about the actual application process). The process is stressful enough when you get there. You don't need to worry that much more. I say this as someone who started writing drafts of my essays about a year before I should have - relax and just do the stuff to get you ahead in your program that you normally would. The application will come.
 

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Thank you wonderful people, always ahead of myself.
 
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