Josephine S. Minardo, Psy.D. is an expert on psychology internship preparation. She has been running preparation workshops for over a decade and has been successfully coaching psychology internship applicants for several years through <a href="http://www.psychinternshipprep.com/">Psych Internship Prep</a>, a unique consulting service for psychology graduates students looking for assistance with internship. Dr. Minardo has been involved in, and created, many events that offer advice, strategies and successful tips on applying to internship. From 2000-2008, she organized the annual New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) Internship Fair, along with presenting her workshop, and Dr. Minardo has also presented internship preparation seminars for several other state psychological associations.
Now that APPIC internship applications have been submitted, you are hoping that you will be invited to some interviews. Yet, when those invitations come, there is often a mix of excitement and trepidation.
Naturally, going on an interview creates a lot of pressure. You are glad you made the “paper cut” and they liked you enough to want to interview you, but you worry how about how you will perform in person. We all want to come across as articulate, intelligent, likable, well-trained candidates who are a good match for the site we’re interviewing at.
It’s tough enough preparing to answer questions, but in most APPIC internship interview scenarios, you know you will also have to either present a case or respond to a vignette.
Internship application season has just started, and making sure you focus on identifying good matches between you and the sites you are applying to, from the very start, is critical. I have always emphasized how important it is for students to first determine their training goals prior to even searching for sites.
Your cover letter is the first impression Internship Directors/Reviewers have of you, and also where they will be looking to determine how strong of a “match” and well suited you are for their site.
Below are some tips that will help you craft your tailored (but templated) cover letter.
YES, it can still be a template! It is not the best strategy, or use of time, for you to write an original cover letter for each site you are applying to. While each should appear to be, and read as though, it is in fact written specifically for each site, it is not necessary to write each cover letter “from scratch.” Here’s how…
Fall is in the air…the leaves are changing. It’s a time of transformation and reflection.
This is also the perfect time to reflect on who you are and how to express that to internship directors. One of the most important and most scrutinized materials in your APPIC internship application is the autobiographical essay (Essay #1), yet most students agree it is the hardest to write.
While there is no exact method that is “right,” there is some strategy to it, and below I’m sharing some tips for how to make the best impression and maximize the impact of your essay.
Tip #1: Make it Personal
There is very little in your application, apart from this essay, that really gives directors a feel for who you are as a person; this is entirely different than the credentials you submit that are focused exclusively on your training.
In addition to a good training fit (that I discussed in my last blog entry), directors want to work with someone they feel they can connect with, and this is your opportunity to reveal your personality to them.
Internship application season has just started, and making sure you do things the right way, from the start, will help you tremendously along the way. Here are some important things to keep in mind when first starting out on this “journey”:
#1. Never Lose Sight of the “Match!”
Ensuring the right fit with a site is the most essential part of putting together a successful application.
You need to remain in this “match” mindset throughout the process, even when anxiety runs high and you begin to thinking you would go to any internship that accepted you. You don’t want just any internship—you want the right internship, and no matter how much less competitive a site may be, they also don’t want just any intern, they want the best match for their site.
So make sure you select internships that would actually be a good match, not just ones you think might be “easier.”
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