Doctoral Psychology Internship Program

Reading HospitalOur program offers four clinical rotations (Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, Partial Hospitalization Program, Outpatient Psychotherapy with optional forensic experience, and Family Medicine), a year-long outpatient caseload, psychological assessment, didactics and education, and supervision. The internship started in 1978 and it has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1997.

Department Overview

Reading Hospital has had a behavioral health service – the Center for Mental Health – for more than 40 years, which now includes:

  • Spruce Pavilion, a 40-bed inpatient psychiatric unit
  • The Center for Mental Health, encompassing the following community-based behavioral health and addictions programs:
    • Two outpatient clinics
    • An Adult Partial Hospitalization Program
    • A Drug and Alcohol Center
    • Dual disorders and addictions clinics
    • School-based and college-based mental health programs
    • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team
    • Senior Assessment Program consultation services for older adults
    • Hospital behavioral health consultation services

Reading Hospital also has a dedicated Psychiatric Emergency Service comprised of 10 psychiatric beds staffed by trained mental health professions.

More than 15,000 patients are served on an annual basis in all these programs. Reading Hospital's Department of Psychiatry/Center for Mental Health includes more than 100 mental health professionals from all disciplines including psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, psychiatric social workers, counselors, and therapists of different training backgrounds. Many of these are senior in their experience and expertise and have a broad range of expertise with many populations such as the seriously mentally ill, older adults, children and youth, dual disorders, forensic, and culturally diverse populations.


  • Annual salary: $27,498
    This salary is reviewed every summer, and, when appropriate, is increased to keep competitive with other internship programs. Paychecks are issued every two weeks.
  • Insurance – Health, Dental, Vision, Liability and Life:
    The hospital offers a health insurance program for the intern and family at a reduced cost. Dental coverage is also available in the second month of employment at a reduced rate. Liability insurance is available immediately and is provided by the hospital. Life insurance equal to your annual stipend is available after six months of employment.
  • Paid time off:
    The intern is entitled to two weeks of vacation, six paid holidays, and two weeks of sick time. Additional time off for professional development may be negotiated.
  • Additional savings options:
    A tax-sheltered annuity program, savings bonds deductions, and credit union membership are available.
  • Meal plan:
    The intern receives seven free meals per week in the three hospital cafeterias and coffee shop with Starbucks products.
  • Housing:
    If moving from out of town, the intern is eligible for a housing allowance or a free room at a local hotel. Shuttle service from the hotel to the hospital is provided.
  • Free onsite parking
  • Child Care:
    Child care through the hospital’s Child Development Center is available for a fee.
  • Discounts:
    Hospital employees receive discounts at many local businesses.

Download a complete brochure [PDF] or download specific details of Reading Hospital hiring requirements [PDF].

How to Apply

Please use the APPIC Standard Online Application (AAPI Online), available at:

For More Information

Should you wish to receive a brochure by mail, or if you have any additional questions, contact:

John M. MacDonnell, PhD
Director, Doctoral Psychology Internship Program
Behavioral Health Services
Phone: 484-628-8070
Fax: 484-628-5829

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979