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An examination of inclusion and exclusion criteria in the predoctoral internship selection process

25 July 2008


A number of studies have examined factors that influence an individual being accepted into a predoctoral internship position. Rodolfa, et al. (I999) detailed inclusion and exclusion criteria used in the internship selection process. The current study replicates and extends this research in order to identify any changes in these criteria from the time of the original study. While a number of traditional factors remained influential to the selection process, a greater emphasis on personality characteristics of the applicant was found in the current study. The top three inclusion criteria were fit between applicant goals and site opportunities, professional demeanor of applicant, and supervised clinical. Interview, fit, and letters of recommendation were the top exclusion criteria. Items regarding minimum requirements on several criteria were also included in the survey.


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