Good news for interns: More students match this year
Efforts to address the psychology internship imbalance may
have turned a corner. The gap between the number of available
internships and applicants decreased for the second year in
a row, according to the first-round results of the Association
of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)
Match, held Feb. 21.
This year, 146 fewer students registered for the match than
last year and there were 125 more internship positions available.
Of the 3,974 students who submitted rankings for a match, 3,173
applicants were matched to internship positions in Phase I.
Nearly half ( 48 percent) of all applicants matched to their
first choice internship program. About two-thirds ( 68 percent)
received one of their top two choices and about four in five ( 81
percent) received one of their top three choices.
Although this is encouraging news, says APAGS Associate
Executive Director Nabil Hassan El-Ghoroury, PhD, the
internship shortage is not solved. “The flip side is there are still
Of the 125 new positions, 73 ( 58 percent) were in APA-or Canadian Psychological Association-accredited programs.
Students who didn’t match during the first phase of the process
vied for the 328 unfilled positions during Phase II in March.
Candidates still unmatched can tap APPIC’s post-match
vacancy service, which lists remaining positions and new
positions throughout the spring and summer.
APPIC Match Coordinator Greg Keilin, PhD, says increasing
the number of quality, accredited internships remains a top
priority for APPIC and educators. “While these numbers are
encouraging, we need to continue our efforts in the education
and training community and keep moving in this direction,
because we still have quite a ways to go,” he says.
One way APA is working to get there is through the
Internship Stimulus Program, which is awarding $3 million
over three years to help training programs with quality, non-
accredited internships earn APA accreditation. APA awarded
the first round of grants in December 2012, the second in June
2013 and the third in March.
“We are excited to see that the internship grants program
is starting to have the impact it was designed to — that is, to
create more accredited internship positions,” says Catherine
Grus, PhD, deputy executive director of APA’s Education
Directorate. “Two programs have received accreditation
and between them represent eleven accredited internship
positions. Ten additional programs have submitted their
materials for review by the Commission on Accreditation.”
In May, APPIC will release results from a survey of its
membership on barriers to accreditation. Those results should
help APPIC identify what additional resources its members
need to become accredited and so increase the number of
quality internships available for students, says APPIC Chair
Jason Williams, PhD. “This year’s numbers show a trend in the
direction that we want to go, but obviously not a fast enough
trend,” he says.
— JAMIE CHAMBERLIN
Source: Association of
and Internship Centers
Internship matches on the rise
Applicants and positions in 2014 as compared with the 2012 and 2013 APPIC
matches. For more match statistics, go to www.appic.org/Match/Match-Statistics.2012 2013 2014
MATCH MATCH MATCH
Applicants: Registered for the match 4,435 4,481 4,335
Withdrew or did not
submit ranks 426 430 361
Submitted rank list 4,009 4,051 3,974
Matched 2,968 3,094 3,173
Unmatched 1,041 957 801
Positions: Offered in the match 3,190 3,376 3,501
Filled 2,968 3,094 3,173
Unfilled 222 282 328