The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) has approved a new policy that requires internship and postdoctoral programs to notify applicants who are rejected for interviews as well as those who are accepted. Previously, programs were not required to notify graduate students who weren't selected for an interview.
The new policy, which only applies to APPIC programs, also stipulates that programs notify applicants no later than the interview notification date that each site specifies in the association's site directory, available at www.appic.org/directory. The notification applies to both telephone and onsite interviews, and can occur by mail, e-mail, telephone or other methods.
"Many programs were already doing this," says Nadine Kaslow, PhD, chair of APPIC's Board of Directors. "But some students weren't being notified at all whether or not they were going to be interviewed, and it made it challenging for them to plan their travel schedules and figure out what their options were."
While program interview notification dates can vary, APPIC encourages its members to notify graduate students whether they will be interviewed for a position by Dec. 15.
APPIC postdoctoral and internship programs voted 256-108 in favor of the interview notification policy earlier this summer, and APPIC's Board of Directors enacted the new rule in July. The complete policy is available at www.appic.org.