Rules of Participation

All internship programs and applicants that register to participate in the APPIC Internship Matching Program (the "Match") must abide by the APPIC Match Policies, the Schedule of Dates of the Match, and the terms of the Agreements they accepted when they registered for the Match.

Participating internship programs must offer all their psychology internship positions in Phase I of the Match. Furthermore, positions that remain unfilled in Phase I of the Match must be offered in Phase II of the Match. However, positions for which funding is not assured should not be offered in the Match.

Programs may not make any offers of appointment to any applicant or require any commitments from any applicant prior to the release of the results for Phase I of the Match. Furthermore, programs offering positions in Phase II of the Match may not make any offers of appointment to any applicant or require any commitments from any applicant for those positions prior to the release of the results for Phase II of the Match. Programs may rank on their Rank Order Lists only those applicants registered in the Match.

Similarly, applicants may not make any commitments to or require any commitments regarding ranking intentions from any participating program prior to the release of the results of Phase I of the Match. Furthermore, applicants who do not obtain a position in Phase I of the Match may not make any commitments to or require any commitments regarding ranking intentions from any participating program prior to the release of the results of Phase II of the Match. Applicants may rank on their Rank Order Lists only those programs participating in the Match.

If an applicant decides to accept a position at a program that is not participating in the Match, or decides not to participate in the Match for any other reason, then the applicant must submit a withdrawal from the Match, and must not submit a Rank Order List for the Match.

Programs may not communicate their ranking intentions to applicants or request that any applicant state how any program will be ranked on the applicant's Rank Order List. Similarly, applicants may not communicate their ranking intentions to programs or request information on how any participating program intends to rank any applicant. The Rank Order Lists submitted by each program and applicant for each Phase of the Match are the sole determinants of their respective order of preferences for that Phase of the Match.

The Match results constitute a binding commitment between the applicant, the internship program and APPIC. A program must offer an appointment to each applicant with whom it is matched, and the applicant must accept the offer and attend the program, unless APPIC provides a written release from the Match result. A program may not offer a position to any applicant who was matched elsewhere and subsequently not released from the Match by APPIC.

Violations of the policies of the Match may be reported to the APPIC Standards and Review Committee. The APPIC Board may decide to impose penalties on those who violate the policies.

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