I've been told that I should talk to my manager before applying to other jobs in the company.
However, I worry that my manager is vindictive and jealous because of how he gets when I discuss work with him that surpasses his skill, and because he likes to shed a negative light on his direct reports when he believes they are "over-stepping" him (but then when you go to get his approval or confirmation, he says that the person should be more independent).
To add to this, I've been with him less than 6 months, so even if I did go to him for any reason it was because I am new and still learning.
How do you apply internally in this situation?
Edit to clarify company policy on internal transfer: you can do it after 6 months, but need good recommendations from your manager and his manager. I think the latter will not be a problem.