The year I matched, I was the last the person in the world one would expect to relocate. I was married to a person whose support (and to be honest, income) made my pursuit of a PhD possible. I had three children still in school, two dogs, and I owned a home.
Moving seemed impossible. What would my family do without me? What would I do without my family? I applied to every local site, even those I knew were a poor match. I had never worked with a child a day in my life, but suddenly I found myself applying to every child site within 100 miles of my home. The years spent working in forensic settings suddenly did not matter, as staying put was my only goal.
Let me paint a picture: You partied with your classmates, convinced yourself you’re qualified, and reached the culmination of the didactic portion of your training. You battled automatic thoughts like, “I’ll be the only person in my cohort who doesn’t match; I’ll be embarrassed; Everyone will think I’m not ready for internship; They’ll be talking about me and I won’t even know it.” You convinced yourself that you won’t be one of those people who don’t match.
If you are reading this article, you are most likely in the midst of building your APPIC application or are gearing up to do so. First, congratulations! It is a lot of work to get this far, and there is light at the end of the tunnel! Yet, like every other aspect of grad school, there is a lot of work that goes into building your application and it can seem incredibly daunting. During my first internship prep meeting, we were warned that preparing our APPIC application and applying for internship was essentially a “part-time job.”
The APPIC Internship Match tends to be one of the most stressful events of a doctoral psychology student’s education and training. Not only is there a chance that you won’t match with an internship, 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 Many are outdated, and they are scattered all over the place.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.
With the APPIC Match 2017 approaching, the search for the “perfect” internship site begins. As you start to draft your spreadsheet of internship sites, I strongly encourage you to consider internship opportunities that you might not have given thought to previously.
The Army offers four APA-accredited internship sites across the United States: Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, GA, Brooke Army Medical Center, TX, Madigan Army Medical Center, WA, and Tripler Army Medical Cente, HI. The Army has a new internship site that is applying for provisional accreditation: Womack Army Medical Center, NC.
Each Army internship site has a niche which makes it unique; however, all of the Army internship sites share a common thread, which is a generalist approach to training. I have received training in neuropsychology (TBI, memory disorders), assessment, health psychology (biofeedback, bariatric surgery evaluations, pain/sleep/diabetes/weight management, smoking cessation), and military psychology. The military psychology rotation focused on conducting military specific evaluations and consultation skills.
Military psychologists wear different hats: therapist, evaluator, supervisor, and consultant to name a few.
Every February thousands of doctoral psychology students anxiously wait to see if they’ve matched to an internship site through APPIC. The reality is that there are many qualified students who don’t match.
This is an unfortunate result of the APPIC internship crisis. The good news is that internship match rates are rising.
So how can you plan for a “no match” result? There are plenty of things you can do to earn a living while building your CV if you don’t match for an internship through APPIC.
I’ll share with you the four options I explored in the event that I didn’t match.
The AAPI essays are some of the most dreaded and feared of a prospective intern’s hoops to jump through. Part of what makes them so intimidating is that they are so ambiguous and open-ended, which makes most of us “Type A” graduate students cringe!
We have been trained to write logically and methodically to convey exact descriptions of client behavior for treatment planning and research. No one encouraged lavish adjectives or creative word pairs when we were writing our dissertations or progress notes, so why are we being asked to do that now?
However, AAPI essays should not be seen as an obstacle to getting matched with the internship site you desire, but a creative way of conveying information about yourself that your cover letter, recommendation letters, and CV just don’t capture. You would be surprised at how much a good essay can affect the application process. It can provide a key focal point during interviews to make you stand out from other candidates.
The following are specific tips to consider when writing each of your essays…
As psychology graduate students, we accomplish many milestones along the path to earning our doctorate degrees. One milestone that can be particularly exciting is the completion of the APPIC doctoral internship. Given the hundreds of wonderful placement sites spread out across the nation, many grad students find themselves having to relocate to a new city for their internship year.
Whether you’re moving across town, across state lines, or across the country, getting settled in a new city for internship can be a little nerve-racking.
In addition to the typical concerns that come with moving, you also have internship-specific concerns such as finding housing that is close to your internship site and, my personal favorite, figuring out how in the world you are going to survive off of your stipend.
The bad news is, it’s a lot to juggle physically and mentally. The good news is, it’s all doable!
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.
Deciding where you want to go and preparing a strong application for your APPIC internship choices is only half the battle. The second part of the APPIC internship match process is doing a good job in your interviews by presenting yourself in the best light and showing them that you are a good fit for their site.
Here are some tips to help you before, during, and after your APPIC internship interviews.