Application Procedures

MMPIC is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). MMPIC participates in the APPIC Internship Matching Program administered by National Matching Services Inc. (NMS). The guidelines in effect for this application year are available from APPIC. 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.Applicants must complete the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) online. Each site within the consortium has a separate Match number, which applicants must use to apply for and rank sites individually:

  • Michigan Medicine: Division of Pediatric Psychology (offering 4 positions): 244714
  • Sunfield Center (offering 2 positions): 244713
  • Thriving Minds Behavioral Health Center (offering 2 positions): 244715

Cover Letter

Applicants may apply to and rank all three sites, though it is strongly recommended students carefully consider which site or sites best align with their training, experience, and career goals. Applicants must write separate cover letters for each site to which they are applying. Please keep each cover letter to two single-spaced pages or less. Within the first line of the cover letter, applicants should specify to which consortium site the letter is directed (e.g., “I am applying to the Sunfield Center” or “I am interested in a placement at Michigan Medicine”).

Please address your cover letter to Dr. Jana Aupperlee:

Jana Aupperlee, PhD, NCSP, HSP
437 Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824

Application Deadline

All application materials must be submitted through the AAPI Online Service and received by December 1. No materials will be accepted by e-mail or US mail. Our VIRTUAL interview day is January 22, 2021.

Commitment to Diversity

Intern Recruitment

Due to the consortium’s sensitivity to diversity and our commitment to attracting interns with diverse backgrounds, the recruitment of interns focuses on obtaining an applicant pool that is highly reflective of diversity.

Given that the consortium is housed at Michigan State University, the MMPIC program adheres to the university’s equal opportunity statement:

Michigan State University is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, non-discrimination and affirmative action. University programs, activities and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, political persuasion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, height, weight, veteran status, age or familial status. The University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Beyond providing equal opportunity, we seek candidates with diverse experiences. We are committed to ensuring a range of diversity among our interns, and we select candidates representing different geographic areas, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, and life experiences. All things being equal, consideration is given to applicants who identify themselves as members of historically underrepresented groups on the basis of racial or ethnic status, as representing diversity on the basis of sexual orientation, or as representing diversity on the basis of disability status.

Readiness for Internship

Interns are selected based on the following criteria:

Academic Record

Interns must hold at least an M.A. degree. The consortium accepts applicants from school and clinical psychology doctoral programs. During the APPIC Match, only interns from accredited doctoral programs are considered. During the Post-Match Vacancy Service, applicants from non-accredited doctoral programs may be considered, though they must have experience with a school-aged population. 

Clinical Experience

Interns must have practicum experience working with a school-age population. Interns must have at least 150 hours of assessment experience and 150 hours of intervention/consultation experience.

  • Applicants for all placements must be eligible to obtain their Master’s Educational Limited License in Psychology (TLLP). The cost for this certificate is roughly $100. Criteria and procedures for application are found on the Michigan Board of Psychology website. Interns must have the TLLP before starting internship on August 15.
  • Students from in-state doctoral programs should refer to their program guidelines for obtaining this credential.


Consistent with the scientist-scholar-practitioner model, interns must complete their doctoral dissertation proposal prior to the internship ranking deadline.

Writing Skills

Interns must demonstrate strong writing skills in application materials. Potential interns must submit one assessment report and one other professional write-up (consultation report, therapy report, intervention progress report) with their application materials.  

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

MMPIC seeks interns who are flexible, team players, mature, and open to feedback and supervision. Applicants who are interested in culturally competent practice or speak a second language will be prioritized.