SPECIAL SECTION FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
overhaul gets an
The shortage of psychology internships has been a major concern in
recent years. But the match process is about to undergo big changes.
BY ALICE G. WALTON
For the past several years, about one-quarter of psychology graduate students who have gone through the internship match process have not secured an internship. APA and
its student arm — the American Psychological Association
of Graduate Students (APAGS) — have been working to find
solutions to the mismatch between the number of qualified
graduate students and the number of available internship slots.
Now, it looks as if their efforts may be paying off.
with last year (see box for the latest numbers). But the even
better news is that solutions are in the works to address the
internship crisis in ways that are expected to boost match rates
“We’re anticipating some big changes,” says Ali Mattu, PhD,
APAGS’s past chair. “The players are talking, the wheels are
The changes emanate from a meeting last year attended
by APAGS, the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and
Internship Centers (APPIC), APA’s Education Directorate,
and five doctoral training councils: the Council of Combined
Integrated Doctoral Programs in Psychology, the Council
of Counseling Psychology Training Programs, the Council
of Directors of School Psychology Programs, the Council of
University Directors of Clinical Psychology and the National
Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology.