February 24, 2014

APA Applauds Narrowing of Psychology Internship Gap

80 percent of applicants placed during first phase of 2014 matches

WASHINGTON — The American Psychological Association hailed as “a very positive development” the narrowing of the gap between the number of psychology graduate internships available so far in 2014 and the number of doctoral students seeking them, resulting in an improvement in the “match rate.”

“The results of the 2014 internship match show a dramatic and positive change,” said APA President Nadine Kaslow, PhD. “The number of positions increased by 4 percent compared to 2013, while the number of applicants declined slightly, by 3 percent. A total of 80 percent of applicants matched to an internship in the first phase. This is a very positive development, but we still have a long way to go.”

APA's Council of Representatives approved a three-year $3 million internship stimulus package in 2012 to help psychology internship sites earn APA accreditation. This funding is expected to result in up to 530 newly accredited positions, said Nabil El-Ghoroury, PhD, associate executive director of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, or APAGS.

“So many jobs in psychology, and even licensure in some states, require an APA-accredited internship, but there just have not been enough of them,” he said. “We hope that the tide is turning and that we will continue to see more students matching, doing so in Phase I and matching to their programs of choice.”

Kaslow credited APA’s partners in the psychology education community, including the Council of Chairs of Training Councils, for working with APA on its multi-year and ongoing investments to address the internship imbalance. “All of these efforts are beginning to improve the situation, but the psychology community needs to continue its work to ensure that accredited internship positions are available for all students seeking them,” she said.

The following tables illustrate the trends toward more students matching and the increased number of APA-accredited internships:

Internship Match Statistics 2012-2014

APA Accredited Positions 2012-2014 and Unmatched Students & Positions

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.