A Report on the Professional Psychology Internship Match Imbalance

November 2007

The outcome of the February 2007 Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) match saw 25 percent of students in the match fail to obtain an internship position as of “Match Day.” This was the largest imbalance between the number of applicants seeking an internship position and the number of available positions since the inception of the computerized match system in 1999.

In March 2007 the Board of Educational Affairs discussed the internship match imbalance and approved the following motion:

"That BEA request APA staff to develop a comprehensive study of the internship match problem. This work would be developed in consultation with relevant parties and organizations and would address the following:

  • the nature of the problem 

  • implications for APA policy and initiatives, and 

  • potential pathways for BEA to consider in solving the problem in both the short and long term."

A Report on the Professional Psychology Internship Match Imbalance was submitted in response to that charge from BEA.