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.
- Internship programs should distribute their application materials to academic programs and students requesting them by September 15.
- Uniform application deadline: November 15
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Program brochures should inform students that the program may contact referees who provide letters to get further information.
- 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.
- A telephone interview, if any, should be scheduled in advance.
- 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.