All internship programs at APPIC member sites are required to participate in the Match. Non-APPIC member sites that have participated in the Match and/or Post-Match Vacancy Service for less than two years, or that are members of the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP), are welcome and encouraged to participate. Non-APPIC member sites that have participated for two years will be granted a one-time exception to the two-year limitation if they apply for APPIC membership during the 2012 fall membership cycle (i.e., by September 1, 2012); these sites, as well as all other fall membership applicants that have not reached their two-year limit, must also participate in the Match. Non-APPIC members will be charged an annual participation fee.
APPIC Match and Post-Match Vacancy Service Policies for Non-APPIC Member Internship Programs
The information below summarizes the relevant APPIC policies related to the participation in the APPIC Match and Post-Match Vacancy Service by sites that are not APPIC members, and provides additional information that non-member sites may find helpful.
Please Note: Non-member sites that participate in the APPIC Match are required to use APPIC's AAPI Online, a centralized application service that enables applicants to submit standardized applications to internship programs electronically. Additional information about AAPI Online is provided below.
Two-Year Participation Limit for Non-Members
In general, due to the APPIC Board's commitment to assuring that internships participating in the Match and Post-Match Vacancy Service are of high quality, internship programs that participate in the APPIC Match and Post-Match Vacancy Service must meet APPIC membership criteria and be members of APPIC. However, the Board has provided non-APPIC member programs with a grace period, allowing them to participate in the Match and Post-Match Vacancy Service for a limited time while in the process of becoming members.
Thus, internship programs that are not APPIC members may participate in the APPIC Match and/or Post-Match Vacancy Service 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 the Post-Match Vacancy Service 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 Post-Match Vacancy Service unless they submit an application for APPIC membership during the fall membership cycle, as described below. This exception to the two-year limitation may only be used once by a site.
If Your Site Has NOT Reached the Two-Year Limit
If your site has not reached the two-year limit, your site is eligible to participate in the 2013 APPIC Match. The current fee for non-APPIC members to participate in the APPIC Match is $240 US per year. This fee is non-refundable, and must be paid to National Matching Services Inc. for your site to be enrolled in the Match.
Your site is also eligible to participate in the 2013 APPIC Post-Match Vacancy Service, if needed. If your site registers for the Match, you may also participate in the Post-Match Vacancy Service at no additional charge. If your site does not register for the Match, the fee for participation in the Post-Match Vacancy Service is $240 US, which must be submitted to APPIC prior to your participation in the Post-Match Vacancy Service.
If Your Site HAS Reached the Two-Year Limit
If your site has reached the two-year limit, your site is not eligible to participate in the 2013 APPIC Match or Post-Match Vacancy Service unless your site submits a completed APPIC membership application (along with the appropriate membership application fee) no later than September 1, 2012. In other words, the two-year limitation on Match and Post-Match Vacancy Service 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 as a non-member for three years will not be permitted to participate in the Match for a fourth time as a non-member.
For Sites That Plan to Apply for APPIC Membership By September 1, 2012
If you apply for APPIC membership during the fall membership cycle (i.e., by September 1, 2012), and your site has not participated in the Match or Post-Match Vacancy Service for three years as a non-member, APPIC policies require you to register for and participate in the 2013 APPIC Match and to accept internship applications via the AAPI Online service (see below). To register for the Match you must submit to National Matching Services an agreement to participate in the Match along with the non-refundable Match fee of $240 US. 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.
For ALL Non-Member Sites That Participate in the Match or Post-Match Vacancy Service
You must inform applicants that your program is not an APPIC Member. Furthermore, any communication to applicants about your program's intentions to apply for APPIC membership, or about the status of a membership application that has been submitted but not yet approved, must include the provision that there is no guarantee that the program will ultimately be successful in attaining APPIC membership.
Please note that participating in 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 listed in the List of Participating Internships on this web site, most applicants do not use this list to identify programs of interest. Thus, you will need to use other methods of advertising to let potential applicants know about your program.
IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 $240 non-member Match fee described above). Information about the AAPI Online is available on the APPIC web site at www.appic.org.
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 www.appic.org, including membership criteria and downloadable application materials. Please feel free to contact APPIC if you have any questions about the membership process.
- In addition to the information available on this web site, extensive information about the APPIC Match may also be found at: www.appic.org. Once you have registered for the Match, comprehensive ranking information will be mailed to you during the month of December.
- 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 contact Dr. Pamela Epps at (404) 727-7450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 require any additional assistance, please feel free to contact Greg Keilin, Ph.D., the APPIC Match and Post-Match Vacancy Service Coordinator, at email@example.com or (512) 475-6949. Alternatively, for questions about the APPIC Match you may contact National Matching Services Inc..
Internship applicants must be admitted to a doctoral program in professional psychology that requires internship training, and must expect to complete practicum experience by the start of internship. While an applicant must be matriculating through a doctoral program in professional psychology, there is no requirement to be registered or paying tuition for any particular semester in order to be eligible to participate in the Match. Applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may not register for the Match or apply to APPIC-member internship programs. In addition to these requirements, an applicant’s academic program has the authority to determine the applicant’s eligibility for participation in the Match. Applicants who wish to consult with APPIC about their eligibility may use the "Informal Problem Consultation" process (see www.appic.org for more information).
Any eligible applicant seeking an appointment beginning after June 1, 2013 to a psychology internship program that participates in the Match must register to participate in the Match. Applicants who register in the Match must immediately notify all internship sites to which they have applied in the event of any change in their standing with their academic program (e.g., being put on probation) or in their eligibility to apply for an internship.
Only those applicants who register for the Match prior to the Rank Order List deadline for Phase I of the Match, and who do not obtain a position in Phase I (e.g., applicants who withdraw or remain unmatched in Phase I), will be eligible to participate in Phase II of the Match.