APPIC Match Deferral Policy
APPIC may, in its sole discretion, grant to an applicant and an internship program a one-year deferral of a Match commitment if all of the following procedures and criteria are satisfied:
- The individual who is experiencing a hardship (or someone operating on their behalf, such as a DCT) must file a written Informal Problem Consultation (IPC) request with APPIC documenting the situation requiring the deferral.
- All parties, including the student, internship program, doctoral program, and APPIC, must agree to the deferral in order for it to be granted.
- The hardship that is under consideration should typically be (a) unanticipated, (b) serious, and (c) extreme.
- The student’s anticipated ability to successfully participate in an internship, and the program's ability to provide the internship training, after a one-year deferral may be considered by APPIC in making its decision.
- The APPIC Chair, in consultation (if needed) with the APPIC Board, Executive Director, and Match Coordinator, makes the final decision as to whether a deferral is to be granted.
- A deferral, when granted, means that the student’s internship is deferred for a period of one year.
- A deferral is typically granted once to any student or program.
- Upon granting of a deferral, the program and student must sign a deferral agreement that describes the deferral parameters and the binding commitment to each other for the following internship year.
- In the event that a student or a program who has been granted a deferral is unable or unwilling to participate in the internship program the following year, APPIC should be notified with a request to release both parties from the Match commitment.