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Intern Applicant Policy

APPIC Intern Applicant Policy

Revised May, 2013

Students who wish to participate in the APPIC Internship Match and/or Post-Match Vacancy Service and be eligible to accept a position at an APPIC-member program must meet the following requirements:

  1. The student must be enrolled in a doctoral program in Professional Psychology that meets the criteria outlined in APPIC's Policy on Doctoral Program Associates. While a student must be matriculating through the program, there is no requirement for the student to be registered or paying tuition for any particular semester. Students who have already graduated are not eligible.

  2. For individuals who already hold a doctoral degree in another area of psychology and who are seeking to change to a professional specialty for which they were not originally prepared, the student must be enrolled in a re-specialization program in Professional Psychology for which the internship is an essential and required component of the doctoral training. The respecialization program must meet the criteria outlined in APPIC's Policy on Doctoral Program Associates.

    It must be stressed that taking an internship, or acquiring experience in a practicum setting, is not sufficient preparation for becoming a clinical, counseling, or school psychologist without prior training in the relevant specialty area. The internship experience is properly seen as only one element in the change of specialty. Thus, doctoral psychologists who are attempting to qualify as practitioners in an area different from that emphasized in their original training must be certified in writing by a director of a doctoral-level professional psychology training program in the new specialty, as having completed an organized program of didactic and practicum work which is the equivalent of the usual pre-internship preparation in the specialty area. APPIC members will not, therefore, accept applicants who do not meet these and other current policies regarding re-specialization in professional psychology.

  3. Students from doctoral programs that are located outside of the United States and Canada must:

    1. Demonstrate that they have participated in sufficient practicum training that is supervised by appropriately credentialed, registered, or licensed supervisors, and

    2. Submit documentation from an entity or organization that is recognized by APPIC, certifying that the student's academic program is equivalent to doctoral programs in Professional Psychology in the United States or Canada.