Clinical Externships for Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

We strive to provide our students with a well-balanced and diverse training experience, working with a wide range of psychological disorders, populations, and mental health delivery systems. This flexibility enables students to achieve the level of competence in clinical assessment and intervention needed to obtain a competitive APA-approved internship placement, while still pursuing specialized training in any area of interest.

Beginning in the fall semester of the first year students identify, apply for, and interview at ten externship sites in consultation with their mentor, the associate director of clinical training (DCT), and DCT.

Beginning in the second year and continuing in the third year, students spend a full academic year at one externship site. Most fourth year students elect to complete an additional year of externship training while working on their dissertation in order to add further depth or breadth to their clinical training and further strengthen their readiness for an APA-approved internship. Many students opt to complete summer externships in order to supplement the breadth of their training or develop additional specialized skills.

Fordham students historically have obtained highly competitive and enriching placements at many of the most prestigious training sites in the New York City area. These externships have provided opportunities for our students to train in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, community and private clinics, school/college counseling centers, VA centers, correctional institutions, and more.

Although our official externship database is only released to our own doctoral students, most of the local externship sites and application information are listed on this publicly available wiki page:

Sample of some of the externship sites in which our students have obtained placements in recent years:

Externship Site – Setting – Population

The Addiction Institute
Hospital specialty clinic – Adult

Bellevue Hospital Forensic Psychology
Hospital specialty inpatient unit Forensic Adult

Beth Israel Medical Center (e.g., Child & Family Multicultural and Neuropsychology Programs)
Hospital outpatient units – Child, Adolescent & Family

Bronx Lebanon Adult Inpatient – Assessment Track
Hospital inpatient unit – Adult

Columbia University Medical Center – (e.g., Child Day Unit; Epilepsy Center; Neuropsychology Program; NY State Psychiatric Center)
Hospital outpatient and inpatient units – Child, Adolescent & Family

Fordham University Counseling Center
College counseling – Adult

Hunter College Counseling Center
College counseling – Adult

Iona College Counseling Center
College counseling – Adult

Inwood Community Services
Community-based outpatient clinic; bilingual services – Child & Adult

Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center
Hospital specialty inpatient unit – Forensic Adult

Mount Sinai Medical Center – (Neuropsychology Program; Pediatrics Clinic; Eating and Weight Disorders)
Hospital specialty inpatient and outpatient units – Adult & Child

New York Presbyterian Women's Inpatient Program
Hospital specialty inpatient unit – Women

New York University (NYU) Medical Center – (e.g., Epilepsy Center; Counseling Center; Child Study Center)
Hospital inpatient and outpatient units & clinics – Child, Adolescent, & Adult

Roberto Clemente Center
Community-based outpatient clinic; bilingual services – Children & Adults

St. Luke's – Roosevelt Hospital (Psychiatric Recovery Center)
Hospital specialty outpatient unit – Adult

VA Medical Center – Manhattan & Brooklyn Campuses

Veterans Healthcare Center – Veterans