APPIC Match and Post-Match Vacancy ServicePolicies for Non-APPIC Member Internship Programs
Updated July 30, 2017
The information below summarizes the relevant APPIC policies related to participation in the APPIC Match and Post-Match Vacancy Service (PMVS) by internship sites that are not APPIC members, and provides additional information that non-member sites may find helpful.
Eligibility Requirements for Non-Members
Due to the APPIC Board’s commitment to assuring that internships participating in the Match and PMVS are of high quality, APPIC has implemented a policy that establishes a set of minimum requirements that non-member internship programs must meet to be eligible for the 2018 Match. When registering for the Match, the Training Director must certify that the non-member program meets the following criteria:
- The psychology internship is an organized training program, with a defined curriculum, that provides interns with a planned sequence of training experiences. The primary focus and purpose is assuring breadth and quality of training. The internship has a written statement that provides a clear description of the nature of the training program and is made available to prospective interns.
- The internship program has a clearly designated doctoral level staff psychologist who is responsible for the integrity and quality of the training program. This person is actively licensed, certified, or registered by the Board of Examiners in the jurisdiction where the program exists, and is present at the training facility for a minimum of 20 hours per week.
- Regularly scheduled individual supervision is provided by one or more doctoral level licensed psychologists, at a ratio of no less than one hour of supervision for every 20 internship hours.
- The internship provides training in a range of psychological assessment and intervention activities conducted directly with recipients of psychological services.
- The internship must provide at least two hours per week in didactic activities such as case conferences, seminars, in-service training, or grand rounds.
- Internship training is at the post-clerkship, post-practicum, and post-externship level, and precedes the granting of the doctoral degree.
- The internship agency has a minimum of two internship positions at the predoctoral level of training. These interns must be at least half-time (i.e., 20 hours per week).
- The internship experience (minimum 1500 hours) must be completed in no less than 9 months and no more than 24 months. Only school psychology programs will be allowed to participate in the Match with 1500 hours or 9-10 month internships.
- The internship program provides training that meets the requirements for licensure eligibility in the state, province, territory, or jurisdiction in which it is located.
- At least twice a year the internship program conducts formal written evaluations of each trainee's performance.
- A stipend is paid that is reasonable for the institutional and regional context and stated clearly in advance.
Two-Year Participation Limit for Non-Members
In general, internship programs that participate in the APPIC Match and PMVS must meet APPIC membership criteria and be members of APPIC. However, in order to support the development of new internship programs, the Board provides non-APPIC internship programs with a grace period, allowing them to participate in the Match and PMVS for a limited time while in the process of becoming members.
Thus, internship programs that are not APPIC members and that meet the eligibility criteria described above may participate in the APPIC Match and/or PMVS for a maximum of two years as non-members (this two-year limitation does not apply to non-member programs that are members of CCPPP, the Canadian Council of Programs in Professional Psychology). Participation in the APPIC Match and/or PMVS within the same selection year constitutes one year of participation.
After two years of participation, non-APPIC member programs that are not members of CCPPP may not participate in future APPIC Matches or use the PMVS unless they submit an application for APPIC membership during the Fall membership cycle, as described below.
- IF YOUR SITE HAS NOT REACHED THE TWO-YEAR LIMIT, then your site is eligible to participate in the 2018 APPIC Match. The current fee for non-APPIC members to participate in the APPIC Match is $295 USD per year. This fee is non-refundable, and must be paid to National Matching Services Inc. for your site to be registered for participation in the Match.
If your site registers for the 2018 APPIC Match, it may also participate in the 2018 PMVS (if needed) at no additional charge.
Please see the "Getting Started" section, below, for additional information.
- IF YOUR SITE HAS REACHED THE TWO-YEAR LIMIT, then your site is not eligible to participate in the 2018 APPIC Match or PMVS unless your site submits a completed APPIC membership application (along with the appropriate membership application fee) no later than September 1, 2017. In other words, the two-year limitation on Match and PMVS participation will be waived for sites that apply for APPIC membership during the Fall membership cycle.
Note: The waiver of the two-year limit for membership applicants will be available to a site only once. A site that has participated in the Match or PMVS as a non-member for three years will not be permitted to participate in the Match or PMVS for a fourth time as a non-member.
Please note that participation in the APPIC Match and PMVS by non-members of APPIC is a courtesy extended by the APPIC Board of Directors, and the Board may revoke that participation at any time.
For Sites That Plan to Apply for APPIC Membership By September 1, 2017
If you apply for APPIC membership during the fall membership cycle (i.e., by September 1, 2017), and your site has not participated in the Match or PMVS for three years as a non-member, APPIC policies require you to register for and participate in the 2018 APPIC Match and to accept internship applications via the AAPI Online service (see below). To register for the Match you must complete the online registration process and pay the non-refundable Match fee of $295 USD to National Matching Services Inc. (NMS). Your APPIC membership application will not be processed by APPIC until your site has registered and paid to participate in the Match. Please note that the membership application fee paid to APPIC is separate from the fee you are required to pay to register for the Match.
Important Points about Participation in the APPIC Match and Post-Match Vacancy Service
An internship program's accreditation and/or APPIC membership status is an important factor for students in choosing where to apply. Given that students often know little about the accreditation process, and given that many sites underestimate the amount of time that it takes to achieve accreditation or APPIC membership, it is vitally important that statements about accreditation and APPIC membership are as clear and unambiguous as possible in order to minimize the likelihood of misunderstandings.
APPIC established a "Policy on Public Statements about Accreditation and APPIC Membership" that outlines important requirements for programs that have not yet achieved accreditation and/or APPIC membership. Please review this policy carefully and ensure that your program follows its requirements. Please feel free to contact APPIC if you have any questions about this policy.
- Please note that participation in Phase I of the APPIC Match as a non-member does not provide effective advertising for your internship program. You will not be listed in the APPIC Directory, as such listings are reserved for APPIC members. Furthermore, while you will be included in the “List of Participating Internships” on the Match web site, most applicants do not use this list to identify programs of interest for Phase I of the Match. Thus, during Phase I, you will need to use other methods of advertising (e.g., contacting the DCTs of nearby doctoral programs) to let potential applicants know about your program.
- While your program may have little visibility to applicants during Phase I of the Match, your program will have a great deal of visibility during Phase II. If you don't fill all of your positions in Phase I, your program will be included on the "List of Available Positions" for Phase II, which every applicant uses to determine which positions are still available. Thus, non-member programs often find that they receive more applications in Phase II than during Phase I.
- Non-member sites that participate in the APPIC Match are required to use APPIC's AAPI Online service. The AAPI Online is a centralized application service that allows applicants to complete a standardized internship application and to submit their applications to internship programs electronically via the internet. As an APPIC Match participant, you are required to accept applications via the AAPI Online, and there is no additional fee to you to use that service (other than the $295 USD non-member Match fee described above). Information about the AAPI Online is available on the APPIC web site at appic.org.
If you wish to participate in Phase I and/or Phase II of the APPIC Match, you must register for the Match online and pay the non-member registration fee to National Matching Services Inc. Registering for the Match also allows you to use the APPIC PMVS, if needed, at no extra cost once both Phases of the Match are completed. For information about registering for the Match, please contact NMS at 800-461-6322 or email@example.com.
If you don't register for the APPIC Match but wish to participate in the APPIC PMVS (which operates between March 26, 2018 and October 31, 2018), please contact the APPIC Central Office at (832) 284-4080 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application. You may participate in the PMVS once APPIC has received the completed application and the $295 USD fee.
Here is some information about the Match and about APPIC that you may find useful:
- Information about becoming an APPIC member is available on the APPIC web site at appic.org, including membership criteria and application materials. Please feel free to contact APPIC if you have any questions about the membership process.
Extensive information about the APPIC Match may be found on the following web sites:
Match Web Site: natmatch.com/psychint
APPIC Web Site: appic.org
We strongly suggest that you subscribe to the APPIC e-mail list, MATCH-NEWS. This list provides news and information about the APPIC Match, and is an extremely valuable resource for Training Directors and applicants. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to:
You will subsequently receive an e-mail message (with the subject line "Your confirmation is needed") that contains instructions for you to follow in order to confirm your subscription. Simply follow those instructions and you will soon receive a "Welcome" e-mail in response. This "Welcome" e-mail confirms that you are successfully subscribed to the list (please note that you are NOT subscribed to the list until you have received the "Welcome" e-mail).
PLEASE NOTE: If your e-mail program uses "Spam" or "Junk Mail" filtering, it is possible that the confirmation message from the APPIC server will be automatically redirected to your "Junk Mail" folder without your knowledge. If you do not receive a confirmation message in your Inbox, you should check your "Spam" or "Junk Mail" folder to see if the message is there. If your e-mail program does use filtering, you should instruct it to accept all e-mail from APPIC's e-mail list server.
- The APPIC Board of Directors has established a mentorship program with the goal of facilitating the growth and development of new internship programs. If you wish to find out more information about this mentorship opportunity, or if you would like to be assigned a mentor, please complete and submit a New Training Director Mentor Request Form available on the APPIC site at appic.org - select the pull-down menu for "Joining APPIC" then choose "Request a Mentor".
We appreciate your interest and participation in the APPIC Match, and look forward to a strong working relationship in the future. If you have any questions or concerns, or if we can provide any additional assistance, please feel free to contact Dr. Greg Keilin at email@example.com or (512) 410-0002. Alternatively, for questions about the APPIC Match you may contact National Matching Services Inc. by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (800) 461-6322.