Division of Psychological Services


School Psychology Internship Program

Each year, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) and the Division of Psychological Services attract and train school psychology interns from across the country.  The program itself provides approximately 1500 hours of supervised experience from a clinically-trained school psychology intern supervisor.  Interns are given opportunities to experience the roles and responsibilities of a school psychologist in an array of settings.  In addition to being assigned to one of our three ESE Service Centers, school psychology interns will have the opportunity to work alongside members of our Pre-K Diagnostic Team and in some of our Specialized Center Schools and Alternative Education Sites.

Application and Selection Process

Students interested in the internship program must submit the following as part of their application packet:

  • A cover sheet (with your identifying information and your attending university)
  • A letter of Interest
  • A current resume
  • Student copies of all academic transcripts
  • Two reference letters (at least one from a university professor)
  • A sample comprehensive psychological report

These materials should be submitted to:

Mr. Jesus Aviles
Dr. Jorge Garcia
Psychological Services
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
1501 Biscayne Blvd, Room 407-L
Miami, FL 33132

Please note:  The Internship Standardization Process established by FASP states that all application packets are due to your desired school districts by the 31st of January, internship candidates will be interviewed by the 28th February, and the Call Day for internship offerings begin the 6th of March at 8:00am.

For additional information, please contact Mr. Jesus Aviles or Dr. Jorge Garcia.


2017-2018 Internship Structure

Two Rotations:
Primary (August to March) – to experience the day-to-day life of a school psychologist

The Primary Rotation will allow school psychology interns to experience the Opening of a school year as well as the day-to-day practices of a school psychologist servicing a traditional school site.

Interns will experience the following:
The start of the school year deployment process
      • The introduction/reintroduction to one’s school assignment
      • Establishing/reestablishing of school-site MTSS procedures
      • Leading, conducting, participating in School Support Team (SST), IEP, & Section 504 meetings
      • Evaluating/reevaluating students exhibiting a variety of concerns
      • Writing comprehensive, psycho-educational reports
      • Managing of caseloads and timeline expectations
      • Crisis situations (if they were to arise)
Secondary (March to May) – allowing for some specialized experience

The Secondary Rotation will expose interns to a few of the specialized assignments/locations/duties a school psychologist MAY have:
Specialized ESE Center Schools
          • Robert Renick Educational Center
          • Ruth OWENS Kruse Educational Center
          • Brucie Ball Educational Center 
          • Pre-K Diagnostic
          • Pre-K SPED
Educational Opportunity & Access (Alt Ed)
  • Disciplinary & Non-Disciplinary Schools and Programs
Educational Alternative Outreach Programs
Charter Schools
EBD Clinical Settings/Duties
Continual Professional Development:
The Division of Psychological Services organizes 4 to 5 professional development opportunities specifically for school psychologists each year
The Office of Exceptional Education offers hundreds of PD opportunities every year to ESE teachers and support staff on a variety of topics
Interns (and new to the District school psychologists) meet monthly and have mini-PDs specific to daily school psychology practice and life.


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