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Internships in Psychology: The APAGS Workbook for Writing Successful Applications and Finding the Right Fit, Second Edition provides you with all the resources you will need to successfully navigate the internship application process. Designed specifically for doctoral-level psychology students, this volume will act as your personal mentor with step-by-step instructions to help you land an internship placement that is the best fit for you.

Thoroughly updated, this edition contains a variety of new information: a new chapter on finding unfilled internship positions through the APPIC internship clearinghouse; a discussion of the supply and demand situation; new data on matching trends; new information on filling out the AAPI application and on APA accredited programs. Helpful checklists, sample real-life application essays, and realistic advice for writing cover letters, thank you notes and CVs are included, as well as:

  • suggestions for getting organized
  • recommendations on how to construct your rank-ordered list of programs
  • tips for writing your autobiographical statement
  • a variety of example essays
  • questions you might be asked during interviews
  • questions you might ask site faculty and interns
  • a variety of other FAQs

This resource is one of several services provided to students by the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students—the premier group committed to representing, leading, advocating and developing resources for graduate psychology students.

Table of Contents




  1. Getting Started: General Overview of the Internship Application Process
  2. Completing the APPIC Uniform Application for Psychology Internships
  3. Goals and Essays
  4. Supplementary Materials
  5. The Interview
  6. The Match
  7. The Clearinghouse
  8. Frequently Asked Questions From Prospective Interns

Appendix: Additional Resources

About the Authors

Author Bios

Carol Williams-Nickelson, PsyD, earned her degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Notre Dame Counseling Center. She is a counseling psychologist and former associate executive director of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) at the American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, DC, where she oversaw all operations for the organization as their chief executive. Dr. Williams-Nickelson serves as a spokesperson and advocate for graduate students to various psychology credentialing, accrediting, educational, training, and governing boards. She now serves as the executive director and chief executive officer of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and AMSA Foundation. Her background includes owning and presiding over a health service organization and a consulting business. Dr. Williams-Nickelson has provided services in a variety of health care and forensic settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, residential treatment centers, community-based organizations, private practices, and counseling centers. Her professional interests, activities, and publications are in the areas of student advocacy and development, training and supervision, legislative advocacy, leadership, professional development, women's issues, stress, and mentoring.

Mitchell J. Prinstein, PhD, completed his doctoral degree at the University of Miami and his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University School of Medicine. He is currently associate professor and director of clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Prinstein's developmental psychopathology research examines interpersonal models of internalizing symptoms and health risk behaviors. He has been strongly committed to professional service and professional development for many years. Dr. Prinstein was first invited to speak about the internship application process in 1995; he served as chair of APAGS and as a representative to the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers in 1997. He also has served as the chair of the APA ad hoc Committee on Early Career Psychologists. Dr. Prinstein is an editor of The Portable Mentor: Expert Guidance to a Successful Career in Psychology. He has been a presenter at the APAGS Preconvention Workshop on the Internship Application Process for the past 7 years.

W. Gregory Keilin, PhD, completed his doctoral degree in counseling psychology at Colorado State University and his predoctoral internship at The University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center, where he is currently the internship training director and assistant director. He is the past chair of the board of directors of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internships Centers (APPIC). He led the effort to implement the computer-based matching program for APPIC. He currently serves as the APPIC Match and Clearinghouse coordinator, was involved in the development of the APPIC Directory Online, and administers APPIC's e-mail discussion lists. He is continuously working to incorporate students' feedback into decisions and policies related to the application process and the computer match system.