The APPIC Internship Match tends to be one of the most stressful events of a doctoral psychology student’s education and training. Not only are you continuing to complete your education and training, but the sheer amount of time and money that it takes to participate in the match can be incredibly overwhelming.

Mid-August to the end of October is APPIC Season at Time2Track. During this time of year, we receive many questions about the AAPI and the APPIC Match and every year we’re reminded of the fact that resources for APPIC Applicants are few and far between. Many are outdated, and they are scattered all over the place.

To help you prepare for the AAPI, the APPIC Match, and beyond, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of APPIC Match Resources from around the web. Some are older, but still relevant, while others are more recent. Below you’ll find news articles, videos, how-to articles, slideshares, and more. Don’t forget to add any resources we might have missed in the comments section below.

General APPIC Match Information

About the APPIC Match
If you’re wondering, “What in the heck is the APPIC Match?” – then this link is for you.

APAGS Webisode: APPIC Match Process (2015)
This video provides an overview of the APPIC Internship Match process.

APPIC Match Dates
These are all the important dates that need to be on your calendar if you’re applying for internship this year.

Match Statistics
Wondering what chances of matching with an internship really are? Check out the match statistics from past years.

Matching Program for Couples
Looking to match with your significant other? Learn more about applying for the match as a couple.

APPIC Policies & APPIC Match Policies
Reading about policies might be boring, but these two pages are must-reads for upcoming APPIC applicants.

Directory of APPIC Internship & Postdoctoral Sites
Searchable Directory
Access the database of APPIC Internship Sites to start researching sites you might be interested in early. You’ll be able to see details of each site along with any specific requirements they might have (eg. minimum number of Intervention hours). Knowing these requirements ahead of time will give you the best options when it’s time to apply.

Guides & eBooks

Internships in Psychology: The APAGS Workbook for Writing Successful Applications and Finding the Right Fit, Third Edition (2013)
Book / eBook
The Amazon reviews of this book are very positive overall with an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Some reviewers say it is “essential” to the APPIC Application process, while others say some of the information is already outdated and you can save money by purchasing the 2nd edition. This book is also available on a Kindle.

The Definitive Guide to the APPIC Internship Match
This eBook is a compilation of Time2Track’s past APPIC Match-related blog posts. You can download it here in an easy-to-read eBook format.

[FREE eBook] Your Essential Guide to the APPIC Internship Match

Preparing for the Match

Join the APAGS Internship-Focused Action Listserv
Join the APAGS Internship listserv to share ideas and discuss issues surrounding the match.

Student Doctor Network
Website & Forums
The Student Doctor Network is, in my opinion, the best place to get answers to all your APPIC / AAPI related questions. With thousands of forums and threads to search through, you’re bound to find some great information. And if you have a question that hasn’t already been answered, just start a thread of your own.

How to Prepare for APPIC Internship Applications the Right Way (2012)
Blog Article from
Making sure you start out on the right foot on the journey to internship is crucial. Here are 5 tips to keep in mind throughout the APPIC Match process from Dr. Josephine Minardo, an expert on psychology internship preparation.

Is it Really All About the “Match”? (2015)
Blog Article from
Dr. Josephine Minardo talks about just how important it is to identify your training goals early on so that you can and focus on finding good matches between your goals and the internship sites you apply to.

The Couples Match (2005)
Are you and your significant other trying to match together? Hint: be prepared to compromise. This article may be 10 years old, but it offers great insights into what the Couples Match is really like – and how to navigate it successfully.

9 Ideas for Increasing Your Chances of Matching (2015)
Blog Article from
This is a great article from PsychCentral with 9 tips that can help you increase your chances of matching with an internship site.

Have You Considered an APPIC Internship with The Army? (2016)
Blog Article from
If you haven’t yet considered an APPIC internship with the Army, you might change your mind after reading this article.

How to Stand Out in a Sea of Quality Applicants (2015)
Blog Article from
When you are competing with a large applicant pool of those with similar educational backgrounds who all have excellent qualities and abilities, the perception that potential supervisors and directors of training sites have of you can make or break your opportunity of being placed. Here are some tips on how to make yourself “stand out” in the large pool of APPIC applicants.

How to Find the Right APPIC Internship for You (2015)
Blog Article from
This article helps to provide some direction when approaching the overwhelming task of choosing which internship sites to apply to.

Psych Internship Prep
Website & Consultant
Dr. Josephine Minardo is an expert on psychology internship preparation and also a Time2Track Guest Blogger. Her website offers some great information on the APPIC Match and the internship imbalance. Dr. Minardo also offers personal consultation services for students preparing for the match.

Essays, Cover Letters, & Completing the AAPI

How to Ace Your AAPI Essays…Even if You’re Not a Writer (2016)
Blog Article from
You may not be the best writer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t write killer essays for your APPIC internship application. This article shows you how to do it.

Making Your Autobiographical Essay Unforgettable (2012)
Blog Article from
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. Read this article for some tips on how to make the best impression and maximize the impact of your essay.

APAGS Webisode: Writing AAPI Essays (2014)
This video is a brief primer to help you write your essays for the APPIC Internship Application.

Making Your APPIC Internship Application Cover Letters Shine (2012)
Blog Article from
Your cover letter is the first impression Internship Directors have of you, so here are some tips that will help you craft your tailored (but templated) cover letter.

Getting The Internship You Want: How to write APPIC essays that get you noticed…without completely losing your sanity (2009)
Dr. John T. Carlsen provides slideshares with tips and strategies on how to conquer each AAPI Essay as well as conducting internship interviews.

  • Book I: Essay 1: Your Autobiographical Statement
  • Book II: Essay 2: Your Theoretical Orientation
  • Book III: Essay 3: Your Approach to Diversity and Individual/Cultural Differences
  • Book IV: Essay 4: Your Research Experience and Interests
  • Book V: Strategies for Overcoming Writer’s Block to Produce Excellent Writing

The AAPI Explained: Shedding some light on APPIC’s requirements & completing the AAPI (2014)
Blog Article from
The AAPI requires applicants to report a large amount of somewhat complicated data, and it can be quite confusing figuring out what goes where. The AAPI instructions can be confusing too, so we’ve pulled out the parts that are often overlooked, which will explain a little more about how Time2Track’s calculations (and APPIC’s requirements) work.

How to Rank Internship Sites (2014)
Blog Article
Here’s an article with very valuable tips taken directly from the APAGS Internship Workbook that will guide you through the “Dos and Don’ts” of ranking your internship sites.

APPIC Internship Application Interviews

Ace Your Case Presentations & Vignettes in APPIC Internship Interviews (2015)
Blog Article from
This article tells you how to select a case and prepare for case presentations as well as how to prepare for responding to vignettes.

Your Go-To Guide for Surviving APPIC Internship Interviews (2015)
Blog Article from
Learn tips to help you before, during, and after your APPIC internship interviews.

APAGS Webisode: Interviewing for Internship (2013)
This video is a quick primer for interviewing for APPIC internships.

The 5 Foolproof Ways to Ace Your Interview (2015)
Blog Article from
Once internship interviews begin, it’s your time to shine. While you get a lot of time to perfect your application, essays, and cover letters, interviewing is a whole different animal. This article contains some great tips on how to prepare for interviews and present yourself as the desirable candidate that you are.

Conducting Persuasive Internship Interviews (2009)
This slideshare provides some great information on preparing for internship interviews.

What Happens if You Don’t Match?

4 Things You Can Do if You Don’t Match Through APPIC (2016)
Blog Article from
If you don’t match through APPIC, there are still plenty of things you can do. This article gives you four suggestions and how to make them happen.

Surviving a No-Match Result (2005)
Written by a student while getting ready to go through her second match, this article provides some insight into what it’s like not to match with an internship…and what to do next.

The Bonus Year: Thriving When I Didn’t Match (2014)
gradPSYCH Blog Article
Not matching with an internship can also turn into a great opportunity. Learn how one student made the most of his “Bonus Year”.

Didn’t match? Move on. (2011)
gradPSYCH Article
Not matching with an internship isn’t the end of the world – or your career. This article provides some much-needed perspective on a not-so-ideal result.

After the Match Results: Planning for Your Future (2013)
Here are some tips and strategies to cope with a no-match result and how to move forward.

The Internship Crisis

Ending the Internship Crisis
This webpage has lots of resources for students as well as a list of things you can do to help end the internship crisis.

Intern Gap Frustrates Clinicians in Training (2011)
Article from
Read about some of the issues surrounding the internship shortage.

The Psychology Internship Crisis (2014)
Video from APAGS
From the Video Description: “This video presents data and personal reactions to the psychology internship crisis, discusses the importance of high-quality internship training for APAGS members, and offers a call to the psychology community for greater awareness, advocacy and action to ensure the availability of internships for students in clinical, counseling and school psychology doctoral programs.”

APAGS Response to the Internship Crisis (2012)
APAGS released a full response to the internship crisis in 2012.

APAGS Actions 2000-2010 Related to the Internship Crisis (2010)
This is a list of actions that APAGS has taken from 2000-2010 to advocate for creating change in the internship matching system.

Sign the Pledge to Help End the Internship Crisis
Online Pledge
Consider signing the APAGS pledge to stay informed about internship crisis, educate others about the crisis, and advocate for high-quality training opportunities.

Match Day: May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor (2016)
Blog Article
Updated APPIC Match statistics from the 2016-17 application season.

Match Day 2015: The Dialectic of the Internship Crisis (2015)
Blog Article
News on the 2015 APPIC Match Statistics, what they mean, and what APAGS is doing to address the continuing internship crisis.

Internship Match Rates Rise in 2015 (2015)
gradPSYCH Article
According to gradPSYCH, the match rate and number of internship sites continue to increase for a 3rd consecutive year.

More Psychology Graduate Students Secure Internships (2015)
Monitor on Psychology Article
This is another recent article describing the optimistic outlook for internship match rates.

After the Match

APPIC Internship Relocation: 10 Ways to Make it Easier (2016)
Blog Article from
Many interns have to relocate for their internship year. Some even have to move to the other side of the country, away from family and friends. Relocating can be tough, but this article gives you ten ways to make it easier.

5 Ways to Guarantee a Successful Internship – Before it Even Starts (2015)
Blog Article from
Whether you’ve applied for internships, waiting for interviews, or planning to apply in the future, it’s important to spend some time thinking about what you want out of your internship experience.

You’ve Matched! Now What? (2011)
gradPSYCH Article
Here are 7 things you need to do after you match with an internship.

A Winning Game Plan for Networking as a New Intern (2015)
Blog Article from
As you begin your internship year, it’s also important to begin thinking about your next steps. This article offers some great strategies for networking as a new intern so you can move on to your dream job.

7 Secrets to Getting Your Dissertation Done on Time (2015)
Blog Article from
Still need to finish your dissertation? Use some of your downtime after the match to make as much progress as possible, and read this article for 7 secrets to getting your dissertation done on time.


Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in September 2015 and has been completely updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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