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APPIC Match Deferral Policy

APPIC Match Deferral Policy

Revised June 17, 2020

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:

  1. 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.

  2. All parties, including the student, internship program, doctoral program, and APPIC, must agree to the deferral in order for it to be granted.

  3. The hardship that is under consideration should typically be unanticipated and serious/extreme, and be such that other methods of addressing the situation (e.g., delayed internship start date, leave of absence) are not feasible. A military reservist who is unexpectedly called to active duty after being matched to an internship site may qualify for a deferral.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. A deferral, when granted, means that the student’s internship is deferred for a period of one year.

  7. A deferral agreement may include certain terms, conditions, or limitations if agreed upon by all parties.

  8. A deferral is typically granted before the internship year has started.

  9. A deferral is typically granted only one time to any student.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.