Getting ready to apply to internship but not sure how to get started? One source of help is an internship workbook offered annually to intern applicants through the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) and published for the first time in book format this July.
The book — "Internships in Psychology: The APAGS Workbook for Writing Successful Applications and Finding the Right Match" — (find it in APA Books) offers guidance on landing the right internship, from filling out the uniform internship application form and calculating practicum hours to interviewing well.
The book will replace the 2002-2003 internship workbook. Previous workbook editions had served as a supplement to the annual APAGS pre-convention internship workshop, presented at APA's Annual Conventions. The new book edition, however, acts as a standalone in providing students with complete information on the internship process, says Carol Williams-Nickelson, APAGS associate executive director.
"We kept it really direct with only the essential information so it's easy for students-whose schedules are already busy enough-to use," she says.
The book includes a few changes from the 2002-2003 edition. For example, there's a new section featuring frequently asked questions from internship applicants. The book also includes updates on the uniform APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI), the computer match process, internship placement rates, practice interview questions and tips on composing essays.
Williams-Nickelson advises students to use the internship workbook and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers Web site (www.appic.org) in tandem. There, students can download the internship application for the year they are applying, since applications often change each year. Students applying for internships this coming fall need to have the 2004-2005 AAPI.
The book, which will be updated almost every year, can be pre-ordered through APA Books at before the July release.