Download the APPIC application form (www.appic.org) - The APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI)
Talk to training peers and SOPP outgoing interns and those who are completing their internship experience. Talk to interns and supervisors if you are at a site that has an internship program.
Update your vitae
Think about goals for internship training, your clinical strengths and areas in need of development
Draft responses to essays from the AAPI
Complete hours of clinical experience for the AAPI
Decide who you’ll want to write your letters of recommendation and request them early. Choose someone who can comment favorably on you and your clinical experience. Typically three letters are requested. Be prepared to submit letters from two supervisors and one faculty member. Some sites have other requirements for letters as indicted in their application packages.
Review the APPIC Directory online and internship web sites. Consider possibilities for your applications.
Check the APPIC web site regularly. Subscribe to available APPIC service news lists.
SOPP Internship Handbook updated on line following the publication of the AAPI
Work on Professional Dissertation
Create an account for the AAPI. Review all components of the application and enter data into the standard form.
Generate a list of possible sites. Check history table of SOPP acceptances and interviews. Consider the fit between the site and your training needs and background. Include geographic diversity
Have an appropriate person proof and help you edit essays
Review site online brochures
Set up a budget for fees, travel expenses, phone calls, etc.
Set up a tracking process for application materials
Verify accuracy of courses and grades on transcript
Schedule meeting with Director of Clinical Training (DCT) regarding internship readiness and eligibility, vitae, search focus, letters of recommendation.
Deadline for all application eligibility requirements is generally September 15
SOPP Faculty conduct Internship Readiness Review Meeting. Official eligibility letters go out after this meeting.
Narrow list of sites you intend to apply to 20 sites (MAX) where you would be a good fit is recommended. Check history table of sites interviewing and accepting SOPP students
Get preliminary feedback on site list from DCT
Register with National Matching Service Inc. (www.natmatch.com/psychint/) as soon as you are approved to apply. Do not get caught in the rush in December
Request transcripts to be send to the AAPI Online Transcript Department (APPIC)
Formally request letters of recommendation from letter writers
Have final list of sites approved by the Director of Clinical Training. The number of SOPP applications to any one site may be restricted.
Have your AAPI reviewed by DCT
Forward directions to persons writing letters of recommendation
Verification of Eligibility and Readiness posted by DCT
Complete applications with early deadlines.
Complete remaining applications
Participate in internship Mock Interviews in PT
Buy interview clothes if you do not have them
Be prepared. You will get some rejection letters
Practice interviewing skills with a peer or mentor, incorporating feedback from Mock Interview
Compile a list of potential questions for sites where you remain under consideration
Sites will be contacting you to schedule interviews. Make travel arrangements
Review site materials and your interview questions prior to any interviews
Meet with DCT to consider additional sites with late application deadlines if needed
Deadline to register with National Matching Service Inc.
Continue interviews. Notify any instructors if you need to miss classes for interviews
Send thank you notes after each interview
Rank your sites as soon as all interviews are completed
Attend Internship Meeting-MATCH RANKING
Submit Phase I rank list to NMS due by published deadline
Submit copy of rank lists to OCT
Phase I match results by published deadline
Phase II application deadline by published deadline