This year, more than 4,000 clinical, counseling and school psychology graduate students vied for approximately 2,400 APA-accredited internship slots. In an effort to bring attention to the internship imbalance problem and to help demystify the application process, APA's magazine for graduate students, gradPSYCH, followed along with five of those students as they documented their journeys.
Find links below to the three-part series, including the students' video diaries.
Part I: Meet the internship hunters
Read part I of the series in our digital edition of gradPSYCH.
A PhD candidate in counseling psychology who hopes to find a position in the Department of Veterans Affairs or the prison system.
A PsyD candidate in clinical psychology and an expectant dad, who wants to focus on psychoanalytic treatment.
A PhD candidate in neuropsychology who wants to find an internship in the West or the Northwest that focuses on neuropsychological assessment.
A PhD candidate in clinical psychology interested in adolescent identity, family dynamics and religiosity.
A PsyD candidate in clinical psychology, originally from Puerto Rico, who hopes to find an internship where he can work with the Hispanic community and treat survivors of trauma.
Part II: The hunt heats up
The internship hunters have finished sending in their applications. Now, they're hearing back from sites and planning their interview travel.
Read part II of the series in our digital edition of gradPSYCH.
Meet Lee's pregnant wife.
Go flight shopping with Emily.
Check out Sommer's thrift store interview outfit.
See Matt's crafty stress relief.
Visit Christian in Puerto Rico.
Part III: Match day
Read about the internship hunters' interview experiences, then watch their video diaries to find out whether and where they matched.
Read part III of the series in our digital edition of gradPSYCH.
Where will Lee's baby grow up?
Does Christian nab his first pick?
Will Matt end up close to his family?
Does Emily end up working at a VA or a prison?
How far will Sommer have to move from her husband?
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