Internship mismatch continues, as APA and APAGS
continue to press for change
Of the 4,481 psychology graduate students who applied for an
internship in the first phase of this year’s internship match, 76. 4
percent secured an internship, a match rate that is slightly better
than last year’s rate of 74 percent. Still, that improvement is not
enough for APA and its student arm (the American Psychological
Association of Graduate Students, APAGS), which have made
finding solutions to the internship shortage a top priority.
“The good news is that there were more internship
positions, both accredited and non-accredited, offered in
the match,” says Nabil El-Ghoroury, PhD, APAGS associate
executive director. “The bad news is that 957 students did not
match after Phase I. While this is down from 1,041 last year, it’s
still an unacceptably high number.”
Internships are an essential part of the training psychology
graduate students need to complete their
clinical, counseling or school psychology
doctoral training. Historically, the
internship shortage has been due in
part to the number of new internships
not keeping pace with the growth in the
number of students seeking internships.
The 2013 match was a change in that
trend since this year the number of
positions grew by 186, while the number
of internship applicants grew by 46.
In addition, the number of unfilled
internships at the end of Phase I was
282, also an increase from last year.
Those positions are expected to be filled
in the next match phase.
Over the last several years, APA and
APAGS have instituted several efforts to
help solve the problem. They include:
• APA funding a $3 million
Internship Stimulus Package, designed
to help non-accredited internships
achieve APA accreditation. So far, APA
has funded 32 internships at a total of
• APA and APAGS advocating for
reimbursement for services provided by
clinical interns. Reimbursement for such
services could make it easier to create
and fund internship positions.
• APA and APAGS educating doctoral
program applicants about the internship shortage so that they
can make fully informed decisions about their education and
training. APAGS released these materials in January and will
continue to develop and share information at conferences, on
the Web and through its campus representative network.
Did the ‘internship hunters’ match?
This year, APAGS’s gradPSYCH magazine followed five
students via video diary to see and hear firsthand about
the trials and tribulations of securing a psychology
internship. To watch the series, and find out whether the
five candidates matched to their preferred site,
go to www.apa.org/gradpsych/features/2013/internship-