This year, 1,041 students came away from the psychology internship match without the placements they need to complete their school, counseling or clinical doctoral training according to newly released APPIC statistics. This group represents 26 percent of the 4,009 students who participated in the 2012 match, a 2 percent increase of unmatched students since 2011. An additional 426 students who initially registered for the psychology internship match either formally withdrew or failed to submit their lists of preferred sites.
The rising number of unmatched applicants is due largely to a rapid increase of psychology students -- about 700 in the last four years -- and not enough new internships to go around, Keilin says.
"Due to an ongoing imbalance between the number of applicants and the number of available positions, many talented students didn't match this year," he says.
Since 2009, roughly 130 new internships slots have opened up, Keilin says. APA (including APAGS), APPIC and other organizations have been working to encourage internship sites to add even more by, for instance, providing an online internship creation toolkit and a mentoring program for new training directors. The groups have also sought federal funding for psychology training and sparked a grassroots movement that saved 22 psychology internships in New York, says Nabil El-Ghoroury, PhD, APAGS Associate Executive Director. (For more on what APA and others are doing to help, see "Righting the Imbalance," in the February Monitor.)
"We won't rest until we find a long-term, sustainable solution to the internship match crisis," El-Ghoroury says. Students who did not find an internship in phase one of the match can participate in a second-round match. Last year, 185 students found internships this way.