Introduction and General Information about the APPIC Match
Updated December 7, 2017
INTRODUCTION TO THE APPIC MATCH
An introduction to the APPIC Match, including a discussion of how the Match works and how it benefits applicants and programs, can be found in these FAQs.
THE TWO-PHASE MATCH PROCESS
The 2018 APPIC Match will be conducted in two "phases," with each phase involving the submission of Rank Order Lists by programs and applicants to determine the placement of applicants into positions.
In Phase I of the Match, applicants and programs submit Rank Order Lists and a matching process will be carried out using those Rank Order Lists. The results of Phase I of the Match will then be distributed.
A second selection process will begin immediately upon the conclusion of Phase I of the Match, with the goal of placing applicants who did not obtain a position in Phase I into positions that remain available after Phase I. Programs with available positions, including positions left unfilled in Phase I, will offer those positions to applicants in Phase II of the Match. Applicants who registered for Phase I but did not obtain a position in Phase I will be eligible to participate in Phase II. Those applicants will use the AAPI Online service to submit applications to programs with available positions. Applicants and programs will submit new Rank Order Lists for Phase II of the Match. A second matching process will be carried out using those Rank Order Lists, and the results of Phase II of the Match will then be distributed.
No additional fees will be charged to applicants and programs that participate in Phase II of the Match.
APPIC also operates a "Post-Match Vacancy Service" that begins upon conclusion of Phase II and will allow programs to announce unfilled positions as well as newly-funded positions that become available into the Spring and Summer.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The applicant eligibility information in this section applies to both phases of the 2018 APPIC Match and has changed substantially from previous years. Please see the next section for eligibility information for the 2018 APPIC Post-Match Vacancy Service.
: An applicant is eligible to participate in the APPIC Match if he/she meets ALL of the following requirements:
- Is matriculating through a doctoral program that is eligible to participate in the APPIC Match. Applicants who have already graduated from their doctoral programs are not eligible. An eligible doctoral program meets one of the following criteria:
In addition to meeting one of the criteria listed above, an eligible doctoral program must be an APPIC Doctoral Program Associate (DPA) which requires approval by APPIC and the payment of an annual fee.
- The doctoral program is accredited by an eligible accrediting organization (as defined here and which currently includes only the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)). Regional or state accreditation or designation by any other entity is insufficient to meet this criterion.
- The doctoral program is not accredited but has been granted an initial accreditation site visit by an eligible accrediting organization.
- The doctoral program is a re-specialization program in which the underlying doctoral program is accredited by an eligible accrediting organization or in the process of gaining such accreditation, as outlined in the preceding two paragraphs.
A list of doctoral programs that are eligible for the Match and/or the Post-Match Vacancy Service (PMVS) can be found here (click on "Eligible Doctoral Programs"). Please note that this list includes doctoral programs that are eligible for participation in the APPIC Match and PMVS, along with doctoral programs that are eligible ONLY for the PMVS (as described in the following section). You should also note that there may be both eligible and ineligible doctoral programs at the same school or university.
While an applicant must be matriculating through an eligible doctoral program, there is NO requirement to be registered or paying tuition for any particular semester in order to be eligible to participate in the Match.
Students who attend Universities outside of the U.S. and Canada should consult the Intern Applicant Policy for participation requirements.
- Has not been placed into a position by the APPIC Match and has not accepted or committed to any other internship position.
- Has been authorized to participate by her/his doctoral program.
Applicants who meet all three of these requirements are eligible to participate in the APPIC Match. Applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may not register for or participate in the APPIC Match. Students who wish to consult with APPIC may do so by using APPIC's Informal Problem Consultation process.
Students who are seeking postdoctoral positions may not participate in the APPIC Match, as the Match is for placement into psychology internship positions only.
More information about these requirements may be found in the APPIC Policy on Doctoral Program Associates, the APPIC Intern Applicant Policy, and this FAQ.
Internship Programs: All APPIC-member internship programs are required to participate in the Match. Policies for participation by non-member programs may be found here.
POST-MATCH VACANCY SERVICE ELIGIBILITY
Students who attend doctoral programs that do not meet the criteria described above are NOT eligible to participate in either Phase of the 2018 APPIC Match. However, some of these students will be allowed to participate in the 2018 PMVS as outlined below.
"PMVS-only" participation will be permitted for students from doctoral programs that meet the criteria outlined in paragraphs 1a-1c of APPIC's Policy on Doctoral Program Associates and are approved by APPIC. Programs approved by APPIC under these criteria will not be accepted as a "Doctoral Program Associate" (DPA); however, students from these programs will be eligible to participate in the 2018 PMVS (but not the Match).
A list of doctoral programs that are eligible for the Match and/or the PMVS can be found here (click on "Eligible Doctoral Programs"). Please note that this list includes doctoral programs that are eligible for participation in the APPIC Match and PMVS, along with doctoral programs that are eligible ONLY for the PMVS. You should also note that there may be both eligible and ineligible doctoral programs at the same school or university.
Students who are not eligible for the APPIC Match or PMVS may not apply to or attend APPIC-member internship programs.
Registration for the APPIC Match typically begins by mid-August.
Applicants: Internship applicants register for the APPIC Match via an online registration process. Registration procedures are provided on the National Matching Services (NMS) web site.
Programs: Beginning with the 2018 Match, internship programs will register for the APPIC Match via an online registration process. Internship programs that are APPIC Members, along with some eligible non-member programs, will be sent an e-mail by mid-August with registration information and instructions. Internship programs that are interested in participating in the Match but have not received an e-mail with registration instructions by mid-August must contact NMS directly to request registration information. Non-member programs should carefully review APPIC's policies on non-member participation.
The APPIC Match Policies govern the behavior of applicants and programs that participate in the APPIC Match and Post-Match Vacancy Service. It is imperative that all participants read and understand these policies early in the process.
NEWS AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE MATCH
APPIC operates a free e-mail list service, called "MATCH-NEWS," that provides participants with up-to-date news and information about the Match. While anyone is eligible to subscribe to the list, it is strongly recommended for all Match participants (including applicants, internship Training Directors, and academic Directors of Clinical Training). Students who are not yet ready to apply for internship may also benefit from subscribing in order to familiarize themselves with the process. If you subscribe, you will receive occasional e-mails (usually no more than 4 to 5 per month) that provide hints, tips, and news about the APPIC Match along with "late-breaking news" items posted by internship Training Directors. Many applicants and training programs have told us that these e-mails have been extremely helpful in guiding them through the Matching Program. Please see this page for instructions on subscribing to the MATCH-NEWS list.
The schedule of dates for the APPIC Match is available here.
FEES FOR THE 2018 MATCH
Internship applicants pay $130 to register for the APPIC Match.
APPIC-Member internship programs pay a Match fee of $150, collected along with the program's annual dues. Non-Member internship programs pay a Match fee of $295, collected at the time of Match registration (this fee allows the program to use the APPIC Post-Match Vacancy Service during the same selection year at no additional charge).
APPIC Doctoral Program Associates (DPAs) pay a Match fee of $305, collected along with the program's annual DPA fee.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MATCH
In addition to the information available on this web site, you may obtain information about the APPIC Match from the following sources:
- The MATCH-NEWS e-mail list, described above, is a free e-mail list that provides up-to-date news and information about the APPIC Match.
- The "Frequently Asked Questions" pages on this web site provide extensive information about the Match.
- The National Matching Services web site contains extensive information about the APPIC Match. You may also contact NMS directly at (800) 461-6322 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You may direct any questions or concerns about the Match to the APPIC Match Coordinator, Dr. Greg Keilin, at email@example.com or (512) 410-0002.