Before You Register
You must receive permission from your Director of Clinical Training (DCT) before registering for the Match and applying for internship.
Ensure Your Doctoral Program Is Eligible
As part of the registration process, you must identify your doctoral program. Only applicants from doctoral programs that are APPIC Doctoral Program Associates (DPAs) are eligible to participate in the Match.
Please note: DPA status applies to individual doctoral programs within a school or university, not to the school or university as a whole.
While you must be matriculating through the program, there is no requirement for you to be registered or paying tuition for any particular semester in order to be eligible to participate in the Match.
Each doctoral program will be provided with a list of the applicants who have indicated they are from that program, to confirm that applicants have identified the doctoral program correctly when they registered for the Match and to ensure they are eligible to apply for internship.
Learn About Sending Applications to Programs
Registration for the Match does NOT constitute an application to any of the internship programs participating in the Match. You must still apply to the programs in which you are interested, using the AAPI application service. However, you must register for the Match and enter your Match Code Number into your AAPI application in order to be able to submit applications to internship programs.
The applicant registration fee is $130 USD.
The fee is non-refundable (even if you subsequently decide to withdraw from the Match) and is not transferable to future Matches or other applicants.
The registration fee covers both Phase I and Phase II of the Match. For applicants who do not obtain a position in Phase I of the Match, the fee you pay to register for the Match also covers your participation in Phase II of the Match.
Note: Fees for submitting applications are separate from the Match registration fee and are charged by the AAPI application service. Information about application fees may be found on the APPIC website.
You must register for the Match and enter your 5-digit Match Code Number into your AAPI application before you can submit any applications to internship programs.
If you register for the Match after December 31, 2023, your Director of Clinical Training will need to provide authorization online before your registration can be completed.
The deadline for registering to participate in Phase I of the Match is February 2, 2024. However, programs need a substantial amount of time to evaluate applications, conduct interviews, and submit their Rank Order Lists. Most (but not all) programs have application deadlines early in November. If you intend to participate in Phase I, it is recommended that you register by October 15, 2023.
If you registered prior to the Phase I Rank Order List deadline but did not obtain a position in Phase I, you should not register again for Phase II, as your registration will be carried over to Phase II automatically.
If you did not register prior to the Phase I deadline, you can still register to participate in Phase II. The final deadline for registering to participate in Phase II is March 13, 2024. However, you should register before this deadline to give programs time to evaluate your application, conduct an interview, and include you on their Rank Order Lists for Phase II.
Information on registering after December 31, 2023
To register after December 31, you must first begin the registration process online, provide the information requested, and accept the terms of the Applicant Agreement. However, you will not be able to complete the registration process until your DCT provides explicit authorization online for your registration.
The NMS Match System will send your DCT an email requesting authorization for you to register for the Match. Your DCT will need to log into the NMS Match System and provide their authorization online.
Once your DCT has provided authorization, you can log in again to the NMS Match System, pay the registration fee, and complete your registration for the APPIC Match. You will be sent a confirmation email when your registration is complete.
When you register for the Match you should use the same email address that you use in AAPI. You should register for the Match only once; registered applicants who do not obtain a position in Phase I of the Match will be automatically eligible to participate in Phase II of the Match and do not need to register a second time.
After You Register
Confirmation and Match Code Number
When your registration is complete, you will be provided with a confirmation that includes the 5-digit Match Code Number assigned to you for the Match. Use your Match Code Number in all future correspondence pertaining to the Match. You must also enter your Match Code Number into your AAPI application in order to be able to submit applications to internship programs.
Updating Your Account and Profile Information
Once you are registered for the Match, you can log into the NMS Match System to update your account and profile information. This includes modifying your email, password, security questions, personal and education information, couple status, as well as withdrawing from participating in the Match.
Subscribe to MATCH-NEWS and Review APPIC Website
You should subscribe to APPIC's MATCH-NEWS, which is a free email information service that provides important information about the Match and the process of seeking an internship.
APPIC also maintains a website that provides additional useful information about the Match, such as frequently asked questions, statistics and survey results, as well as access to the APPIC Directory of internship and postdoctoral programs and the AAPI application service.