WRNMMC, Bethesda, MD
NMCSD, San Diego, CA


The Navy internships at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD and Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) as clinical psychology internships. Inquiries regarding accreditation may be addressed to the APA's Commission on Accreditation at the following address or phone number:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C., 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979

VERY IMPORTANT: There are two parts to the Navy internship applications: the standard APPI and an application used to determine eligibility for commissioning as a naval officer.

The Navy application is completed with the help of a Navy Medical Programs Recruiter. Applicants are strongly encouraged to make contact with a recruiter as early as possible, preferably in July/August. Initiating contact with a recruiter after 1 October increases the risk that the application will not be completed by the 13 December deadline. (The Navy application includes a medical evaluation and there are frequently delays in getting those appointments scheduled).

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for submitting APPI’s to the Navy internships is 11 November 2019. The deadline for completing the Navy commissioning application is 13 December 2019.

To locate the Medical Programs Officer Recruiter nearest you, go to http://www.navy.com/careers/healthcare/ - Click on “Find a Recruiter.” Type in the zip code where you will be located at the time you would like to speak and work with a recruiter. Click on “Officer Recruiter.”

When contacting the recruiting office, ask specifically to speak with a Medical Programs Officer Recruiter. Small recruiting offices may not have Medical Programs Officer Recruiters, but can easily direct you to the nearest one. Or contact: CAPT David Jones, Ph.D. at david.e.jones196.mil@mail.mil (National Director for Navy Psychology Training Programs).



The Navy’s doctoral internships in clinical psychology are organized around a Practitioner-Scholar model and provide an intensive, twelve-month period of clinical, didactic, and leadership experiences.

Prior military experience is not a requirement or expectation for applicants. Most applicants for the Navy internships have no prior military experience. Applicants do not have to be in the military to apply and there is no military service obligation unless an applicant matches with the internship through the APPIC match.

Internship applicants who match with a Navy internship are commissioned as Lieutenants in the Medical Service Corps and serve a total of 4 years on active duty, 1 year as a clinical psychology intern and 3 years as a staff psychologist.

There is no military obligation for applicants who do not match with a Navy internship.

The Navy internships give careful consideration to all available information about each applicant and select interns on a competitive basis without regard to race, sex, religion, creed, color, national origin (Article 1164 Navy Regulations) or sexual orientation.



The overarching aims of the internships are to produce highly-qualified, resourceful, and autonomous professional psychologists who are prepared to function effectively in traditional settings (e.g., hospitals and mental health clinics) and in military-unique settings (e.g., on aircraft carriers, with Marine Corps units, etc.). Interns are trained to employ critical thinking and an empirical orientation in their clinical work. This is accomplished by modeling, encouragement, and constructive feedback as interns encounter a range of clinical conditions, patient populations, and settings.



The two Navy internships are not a consortium. They are separately-accredited by the APA and are listed separately on the APPIC website. Applicants have the option of applying to one or both of the internships. (Applying to one of the internships does not automatically make the applicant eligible for both internships. Applicants who wish to be considered for both internships must apply to them separately on the APPIC website). Interns will attend the specific internship program with which they match (i.e., Bethesda or San Diego).



Applicants must meet all age, security background check, and medical requirements for commissioning as naval officers prior to being placed on the internships’ APPIC match list.

Deadline for APPI: 11 November 2019 for both internships.

Deadline for Navy commissioning application: 13 December 2019 for both internships

Internship Start Dates: Walter Reed, Bethesda: 31 August 2020; NMC, San Diego: 8 Sept 2020

Officer Development School (Newport, RI): Five-week orientation course attended prior to starting the internship: 26 July – 28 August 2020


  • Naval Medical Center (NMC), San Diego. In-person interviews will be conducted at NMC, San Diego on 3, 4, and 5 December 2019. Applicants who are selected for interviews will be contacted via phone or email by the Training Director no later than 16 November 2019 to schedule an interview. (Point-of-Contact regarding interviews: Dr. David Mather (619-532-6065).

  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda. In-person interviews will be conducted at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda on 10, 11, and 12 December 2019. Applicants who are selected for interviews will be contacted via phone or email by the Training Director no later than 16 November 2019 to schedule an interview. (Point-of-Contact regarding interviews: Dr. Richard Bergthold (301-319-2997).

  • An in-person interview at one of the Navy internship training sites is required. Applicants who are applying to both Navy sites are only required to interview in-person at one of the sites. A phone interview with the Training Director at the site not visited is strongly encouraged. (While there is no requirement for in-person interviews at both sites, applicants are encouraged to visit and interview at both sites if they can).

  • Alternate dates for interviews can be arranged.



Both programs are organized around a core of sequential clinical rotations that are augmented by:

  • Didactics
  • Transrotational psychotherapy experiences (including treatment of patients with PTSD)
  • Out-of-hospital training aboard an aircraft carrier and at a Marine Corps training base.

The two internships are similar in many respects; however, they are not a consortium and the on-site Training Directors are free to create a curriculum that takes optimal advantage of the patient populations, faculty strengths and clinical services available at their individual sites.

Naval Medical Center San Diego Internship Description

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Internship Description



Assignments after the internship are at Navy hospitals predominantly within the continental United States and Hawaii where post-doctoral supervision is available for licensure purposes. Graduating interns may also be assigned to Navy hospitals in Japan or other overseas locations where supervision for licensure is also available.



Training Director, Naval Medical Center, San Diego: Dr. David Mather (david.b.mather.civ@mail.mil)

Training Director, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda: Dr. Richard Bergthold (Richard.D.Bergthold.civ@mail.mil)

National Training Director: Dr. David E. Jones (david.e.jones196.mil.mail)



Training Director WRNMMC
Richard Bergthold
PsyD/CAPT, MSC, USN (ret)

Training Director NMCSD
David Mather Ph.D., ABPP
(619) 532-6065

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Office of Program
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American Psychological Association
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