Doctoral Internships in Professional Psychology

APAGS on the Internship CrisisInternship year is a particularly exciting, yet daunting time in a doctoral student’s training. It is typically the capstone clinical experience of a doctoral student’s graduate program and serves a gatekeeper function into the profession. In an effort to help demystify the internship process APAGS has compiled a host of resources aimed at aiding students in their internship preparation, selection, application, interview and matching processes. In addition, APAGS is aware that the large imbalance between applicants seeking an internship and the number of positions available has tremendous personal and professional impact on our members. We have thus provided a list of actions and policies that we are working on as a matter of utmost importance to address this internship crisis.

APAGS Policy on the Internship Crisis

  • APAGS formed an Internship Working Group in November 2011 to analyze and promote solutions to the internship crisis. In July 2012, APAGS released a policy and expanded response to explain how it will continue to advocate on multiple fronts for graduate students.

APA Approves Internship Stimulus Package

Statements and Actions on the Internship Match

  • APAGS remains concerned about the internship crisis following the latest internship match and released this letter to graduate students.
  • APAGS has compiled some of its actions since 2000 to mitigate this problem.

Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)

Resources for Applicants

Before the Match
In this 16 minute video from one of the authors of Internships in Psychology: The APAGS Workbook for Writing Successful Applications and Finding the Right Fit you will learn some very important tips on how to prepare for psychology doctoral-level internship interviews.

Match Day
  • What To Do If You Don’t Match — paper by Jae Yeon Jeong, PhD, former APAGS Member-at-Large, Education.

  • Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Phase II of the Match.

After the Match