APAGS Actions 2000-2010 Related to the Internship Crisis

APAGS welcomes the opportunity to share with graduate students some of the efforts we have engaged in over recent years to address the internship crisis within APA and the greater psychology community. Unfortunately, APAGS itself cannot create more internship sites; however, we continue to create meaningful instrumental changes in the system and we recognize the urgent, ongoing need to advocate on your behalf.

  • Since 2000, APAGS has offered a half-day Internship Workshop to students attending APA’s annual Convention. APAGS also offers a workbook (newly revised in 2012) for students who are preparing to embark on the Match process.
  • In 2006, APAGS approved a statement in support of establishing more high-quality half-time internships with appropriate training opportunities and supervision.
  • In September 2008, APAGS was an active participant in a meeting focusing on the internship crisis that included APA’s Education Directorate, APPIC, and 5 training councils representing different groups in professional training. The outcome of this meeting was the development of action steps that different groups would be working on to address short, medium, and long term strategies for addressing the internship crisis (PDF, 54KB).
  • In March 2009 and 2010, APAGS sent representatives to the meeting of APA’s Board of Educational Affairs, in which action steps that followed up on the 2008 meeting were discussed.
  • In March 2009, APAGS passed a motion calling this issue the “internship crisis” rather than an imbalance. For students who do not match, it is a crisis. This shift in language is intended to increase the awareness of this issue amongst professionals in our field, the larger public and in our advocacy initiatives for increased funding for training.
  • In September 2009, APAGS successfully advocated for close to 50% more funding for the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) program, as delegates to the Education Leadership Conference. GPE monies contribute to both internship and postdoctoral training opportunities. APAGS continues to advocate for GPE yearly.
  • APAGS has increased awareness of the internship crisis to the psychology community, resulting in a statement from the APA Board of Directors on internship, two cover articles in gradPSYCH, the APAGS magazine, and articles in the Monitor, the APA magazine.
  • APAGS has formal liaison relationships with numerous groups that have a vested interest in the internship crisis: APPIC, the APA Board of Educational Affairs (BEA), Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC), and Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). APAGS also nominates a graduate student representative to serve on the Commission on Accreditation (CoA).
  • APAGS is a key partner with CCTC to guide and inform policy and best practices for training regarding the internship crisis and postdoctoral fellowship.
  • An APAGS representative participated in the APPIC Clearinghouse Working Group, providing critical feedback to help improve the Clearinghouse, the mechanism by which many unmatched students are able to find internship slots. The Clearinghouse is now known as Phase II and III.
  • APAGS provided feedback on the APPIC Internship Toolkit (PDF, 1.2MB), a set of resources aimed at helping internships maneuver through the APA accreditation process more smoothly.