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Match Made on Earth 2nd Edition

A Guide to Navigating the Psychology Internship Application Process

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Internship Fair 2017 - what students need to know


1. Graduate School Preparation

2. Application

3. Interview

4. Ranking of Programs & Notification

5. Transition to the Internship

6. Adjusting to the Program and City

Graduate School Preparation

  • Complete Coursework in professional skills (assessment, intervention, consultation, ethics & professional issues, program development & evaluation), cognate areas, elective, comprehensive exams (if applicable).
  • Ensure range of “carefully chosen” practicum experiences.
  • Research progress – dissertation must be on track.
  • Begin thinking about your career goals.
  • Adjustment from primarily academic learning to professional application.
  • Don’t apply too early in your program – need pre-requisite knowledge and skills, and sufficient progress in program.


  • Start application process early. Consult with peers and Director of Clinical Training. Subscribe to Match-News through APPIC.
  • On-Line application process is straight-forward and economical, but is somewhat time-consuming. It will outline what you need to do.
  • No one has all skills or a perfect application, but QUALITY will out-do QUANTITY. Focus on your practicum experiences with complexity and variety, and provide only relevant information.
  • When choosing an internship, think about personal and professional consideration.
  • The FIT between your training goals and the site’s training opportunities is KEY.
  • Review each site with your training goals in mind (consider breadth versus depth of training).


  • Telephone, video-conference, and in-person interviews are equivalent for most sites. No matter the format, the interview is very important. Practice.
  • Be knowledgeable about the site.
  • Look for a good match.
  • ALWAYS be professional.
  • Take a deep breath, relax, and try to be yourself.
  • Write down questions and it’s ok to refer to them during the interview.
  • Interviews take place in December/January and the ranking submission deadline is in early February.

Ranking of Programs & Notification Day

  • Rank internships according to your preference, not to how you think they will rank you.

Transition to the Internship

  • Ask the current interns and/or Training Director for tips on relocating.
  • Remember that moving is stressful and experiencing stress is normal.
  • Keep all receipts for income tax claims.
  • Internship is a big year, personally and professionally. Enjoy it!
  • Keep the developmental model in mind (start small and build & be curious).
  • Take care of your health and wellbeing and put dissertation aside if possible.
  • Early on, make goals, expectations, schedule, and evaluation processes clear with your supervisors. Allow for some flexibility too.

Adjusting to the Program & City

  • Invest in a good long distance plan (or use Skype for free).
  • Take advantages of things in your new city (eg. water, mountains, music etc.).
  • Appreciate the advantages of not relocating if you match locally.
  • Near to end of internship, it may be time to start the job hunt. Feel free to talk about your thoughts/plans with the Training Director.
  • You will be ready and you will be competitive!!


Williams-Nickerson, C., Prinstein, M.J., & Keilin, W.G. (2008). Internships in psychology: The APAGS workbook for writing successful applications and finding the right fit. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Pillai Riddel, R. & Badali, M. (2017). Match made on earth: 2nd Edition.

Nicholson, I. (2008). Internship applications: Why clinical hours don’t matter. Psynopsis, 30, 8-9.

CCPPP Website:

APPIC Website:

APA has website that addresses the internship crisis. Page includes a video from APAGS, a reading list, and further resources:

APAGS has posted tutorials on writing the AAPI essays and preparing for interviews:

Clinical Psychology Internship Guideby Pincus and Otis:

Guiding Principles in Internship Preparation and Selection

At the June 2007 annual general meeting of CCPPP a motion that member programmes of CCPPP adopt these guidelines was carried.

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Model Internship Application Format Guidelines

See our Model Internship Application Format Guidelines page.

Guidelines for Letters of Recommendation

CCPPP Form/Guidelines for Letters of Recommendation to Canadian Pre-Doctoral Internship Settings

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Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC) Voluntary Guidelines for Communication

Guidelines for Communication between Graduate Programs and Internship Programs

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