Model Internship
Application Format

Model Internship Application Format Guidelines

Note: These guidelines are for voluntary adoption by internship programs. They supplement those of APPIC. If there is any contradiction between the guidelines of CCPPP and APPIC, the APPIC guidelines prevail.

  1. Internship programs should distribute their application materials to academic programs and students requesting them by September 15.
  2. Uniform application deadline: November 15
  3. Contents of application from student
    • All of these materials should preferably be submitted in a single package, on paper, in the following order.
    • Only one copy of each item should be required for each application; further copying should be done as needed by the internship program. This is to avoid unnecessary copying and expense to academic programs and students.
    • Covering letter indicating student’s plans and special interests (e.g., rotations) in the particular site to which this application is addressed.
    • Curriculum vitae in a format selected by the student.
    • Full AAPI form (“APPIC Application for Psychology Internship”). The student’s responses on the AAPI form need not be tailored to each particular site; this is the function of the covering letter.
    • APPIC form entitled “Academic Program’s Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness,” with original signature of the Director of Clinical Training, in sealed envelope with DCT’s signature across the seal.
    • One official copy of graduate and undergraduate transcripts.
    • Three letters of reference, including both clinical and academic references. Letters should preferably be enclosed (in sealed envelopes) with the application to facilitate completion and filing of the application.
  4. Additional material beyond that listed above (e.g., face sheet, case studies, additional questions) should be kept to a minimum or avoided altogether if possible.
  5. Students requesting a letter of reference from a clinical supervisor should ask the supervisor to include the following information to give a factual background to the supervisors’ impressions. Students should provide a short summary of this information to the supervisor for inclusion in the letter:

    • types of clients seen and types of service offered including theoretical orientation
    • nature and number of hours of supervision given (discussion, audiotape, videotape, live)
    • total hours of client contact supervised by this supervisor
    • total hours of supervision with this supervisor.
  6. Program brochures should inform students that the program may contact referees who provide letters to get further information.
  7. An in-person interview should not be required. If a visit is permitted or encouraged, the program should indicate to applicants in the program brochure or well in advance: (a) whether the arrangements for the visit should be initiated by the applicant or by the program; (b) what the visit will entail (e.g., whether there will be a tour of the agency facilities, what faculty the applicant will meet, normal duration of the visit); and (c) arrangements such as reduced air fare or billeting with current interns that will reduce costs to applicants.
  8. A telephone interview, if any, should be scheduled in advance.
  9. If electronic application is desired, it should be by attaching the above documents to an e-mail rather than by retyping all information into a web form.


Please direct comments on this draft to the Executive.

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