Psychology graduate students now have access to 55 new APA-accredited internship slots, thanks to the accreditation of 11 internship programs that received
funds from APA’s internship stimulus package.
The new slots are among those created after APA’s
Commission on Accreditation accredited 17 internship
programs in October. Eleven of those programs were internship
stimulus grantees. The additional six programs will also provide
a number of internship slots, but those numbers are not yet
APA’s stimulus package began as a $3 million, three-year
program to boost the number of APA-accredited internships for
psychology graduate students. The stimulus allots up to $20,000
per program seeking accreditation to help pay for consultation,
administrative and supervisor support, application and site visit
fees, intern stipends and benefits, and other costs.
“We’re excited by the progress the stimulus program is
making,” says APA Executive Director for Education Jim Diaz-
Granados, PhD. “We are spending the funds well and we’re
getting the results we were hoping to get.”
Since its inception, the program has led to the accreditation
of 29 additional internship programs and about 158 new
That said, there’s still a lot of work to be done, Diaz-Granados acknowledges. In the 2015 internship match, only 68
percent of students actively seeking internships — not counting
students who withdrew from the match or did not submit ranks
at all — had access to positions accredited either by APA or
by the Canadian Psychological Association, and 11 percent of
applicants did not match at all, according to the Association of
Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).
That is, however, a marked improvement from 2012,
Good news for
APA accredited 17 internship programs
last fall, 11 of which received
APA stimulus funds
to get there.