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.
It’s that time of year again – doctoral students nationwide will be submitting APPIC internship applications as the last step before graduation. While it may seem like a breeze, the APPIC Match process is long, daunting, tedious, and full of uncertainty as to what to focus on and how to put your best foot forward. For those out there who may be embarking on this journey, here are some helpful hints that can provide some direction in finding an internship that fits you best.
You’ve applied for internships; maybe you’re waiting for interviews, interviewing, or waiting to match. Or perhaps you did not match this year and are planning to apply again in the future.
Whatever your status, if you’re thinking about internships it’s very easy to become wrapped up in the process of applying – but what do you do when the application process is over? How do you plan for your future as an intern? What will your new site be like? How do you become successful at your new site?
Remember the old saying “there are many fish in the sea”? Well, that saying also applies to the number of applicants to potential internship sites, and it can sometimes make an applicant feel overwhelmed and anxious.
I will never forget the sleepless, nail-biting anxiety I experienced the night before APPIC Match Day.
After I matched, sighed with relief, and felt my heart rate return to normal, I’ll admit that I was a bit amazed to see that life simply went on. I finished my coursework and made arrangements to move to another state to begin the transition from graduate student to fully functioning clinician.
Applying for internship can be a daunting task, especially if you’re applying through APPIC. The APPIC Application for Psychology Internships, or the AAPI, is used by doctoral level psychology students to obtain an APA accredited internship or APPIC accredited internship.
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.”