Psychology Externships and Social Work Internships


Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) is a nonsectarian, not-for-profit community mental health agency offering a wide range of services to people of diverse backgrounds and ages (infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly) who live or work in Westchester County. WJCS is committed to meeting the ever-changing needs of the Westchester community by updating its services and developing new programs. Consequently, it remains current with the latest developments in the field of mental health and is committed to evidence-based practices within its scope of practice. WJCS plays a leadership role in sharing this knowledge with staff, students, professionals from other organizations, and the community at large. The agency is committed to the training of future psychologists and has a well-established APA-approved Psychology Internship Program, which has been re-accredited by the American Psychological Association in 2012 for a period of 7 years, which is the maximum period for which accreditation is granted.

WJCS is offering a Psychology Externship Program for second-, third- and fourth-year doctoral candidates enrolled in APA-accredited clinical, school, and counseling programs. The extern’s placement can be for 2 or 3 days a week (approximately 16-24 hours, depending on individual doctoral program requirements) for approximately 10 months (September through June).

Opportunities are available for externs to provide direct clinical services (psychotherapy and psychological assessment) within the WJCS family mental health clinics and specialty programs as available (e.g., developmental disabilities/autistic spectrum disorders, trauma, DBT, forensic, Learning Center) to clients of varying ages, as well as diverse cultural backgrounds, diagnoses and clinical needs. Additionally, externs will participate in agency research and program consultation as such opportunities become available within the agency. As part of their professional development, externs will participate in psychology staff meetings, multi-disciplinary clinic or program staff meetings, psychology staff didactics, and WJCS Educational Institute course offerings as their schedules permit.

Externs will be closely supervised by licensed psychologists and, as needed, supervisors with specialty training. During the externship placement, the student will also be assigned a pre-doctoral psychology fellow supervisor, whose supervision of the extern will be closely supervised by a licensed psychologist, as well as within a training seminar on the supervisory process.

In keeping with guidelines established by PSYDNYS (Psychology Internship Directors of NYS) and NYNJADOT (New York/New Jersey Association of Directors of Training), applications from prospective candidates will be accepted beginning on the first Tuesday in January immediately after Martin Luther King’s birthday for the following training year beginning in September (e.g., Tues., Jan. 20, 2015, for the training year beginning Sept. 2015). It is recommended that students apply as soon as possible after that date. Also in keeping with guidelines, offers are not made until the designated Monday in March.

Applicants should provide a cover letter, CV, 2 letters of recommendation, a letter of eligibility for externship from your doctoral program’s Director, and a writing sample (i.e., case study or psychological assessment). Applications will be accepted by e-mail or regular mail at the address below. It is requested that letters of recommendation and eligibility be in PDF format and on organization letterhead if sent via e-mail.

Marna Cohen, PhD, Coordinator
Psychology Externship Program
Westchester Jewish Community Services
141 N. Central Ave.
Hartsdale, NY 10530
  914-949-6761 x472

Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Cohen with any questions you may have.


WJCS accepts first and second-year graduate students from schools of social work for field work placements. The interns are supervised by experienced social workers and participate in training seminars provided by in-house staff and guest professionals. Placements can be made with clinic, community-based or administrative sites based on student interests and program needs.

Students enrolled in Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs may apply for field work placements at WJCS. Students learn to provide case management services through the network of resources available in a community, participate in linking patients to resources and learn the functioning and interfacing of services and procedures within WJCS. 

Contact: Donnamarie G. Jones, LCSW, Field Work Coordinator
1101 Main St.
Peekskill, NY  10566
Phone:  914-737-7338; Ext. 14
Fax:  914-737-1050


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