APA grants for internship programs

APA allocated $3 million to increase accredited internships

The American Psychological Association has allocated up to $3 million over a period of three years for seed funding under a grant application process to increase the number of APA-accredited internship programs and positions. The dual purposes are to expand the number of accredited internship positions and to promote quality training for professional practice. This grant program is one component of multifaceted efforts across the profession and APA to address the significant imbalance in supply and demand for accredited internships.

The APA Board of Educational Affairs believes that professional psychology is best served by a workforce trained in programs that meet the standards of the profession as demonstrated through a quality assurance mechanism recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Completion of an APA-accredited internship is also a requirement for hiring by federal agencies and is increasingly required for state licensure. Moreover, unaccredited internship programs are not eligible for federal funding, such as the recent allocation of an extra $5 million by HRSA.

The Board of Educational Affairs will be responsible for awarding grants under this program and is now seeking grant applications from internship programs desiring to become APA accredited. These grants will be limited to applicant internship programs operated by nonprofit entities to assist with any or all of the following expenditures toward the goal of accreditation:

  1. APA-accreditation application fees.
  2. Accreditation site visit fees.
  3. Program consultation.
  4. Administrative and supervisor support.
  5. Intern stipends and intern benefits.
  6. Other specifically identified direct costs to be incurred in seeking accreditation.

Grants are available to two types of internship programs: those that have already met APPIC membership criteria that indicate basic structures are in place for APA accreditation; and those that may be in early stages of development or have not yet met APPIC membership criteria.

The normal maximum grant award to a successful applicant will be $20,000, but for particularly meritorious applications from programs that can guarantee that they will fund the new internship position for at least two years following the grant, the maximum could be increased to as much as $30,000.

Priority will be given to programs seeking accreditation that expand the number of internship positions, serve historically underserved populations and/or prepare psychologists to work in integrated primary care and community health care settings.

For the initial round of funding, applications must be received by Nov. 30, 2012 for award in December 2012.  Subsequent funding cycles will occur every 6 months for the next 2.5 years. To apply please complete the application online.

Questions concerning the grant program or applications can be directed to Jackie Tyson at (202) 336-5966.