The APPIC Internship Matching Program (the "Match") provides an orderly process to help applicants obtain positions in psychology internship programs of their choice, and to help internship programs obtain applicants of their choice. Similar matching programs are in use in many other health professions, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, and others.
The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) is responsible for establishing the policies of the Match and for monitoring the implementation of the Match. The Match is administered by National Matching Services Inc. (NMS) on behalf of APPIC.
How It Works
2. Apply to and Interview with Internships
With the Match, applicants must still apply to internship programs they are interested in using the AAPI application service, and applicants and programs interview and evaluate each other independently of the Match. However, no offers are made by programs during the interview period. Applicants and programs can evaluate each other fully before the programs must decide on their preferences for applicants, and before applicants must decide on their preferences for programs.
3. Submit Your Rank Order List of Preferred Placements
After all interviews are completed, each applicant submits a Rank Order List on which the applicant lists the desired programs, in numerical order of the applicant's preference (first choice, second choice, etc.). Similarly, each internship program submits a Rank Order List on which the program lists the desirable applicants, in order of the program's preference. Each program also indicates the number of positions the program has available.
All Rank Order List information is submitted online in the NMS Match System and is confidential.
4. The Matching Algorithm is Run
The Match then places individuals into positions based entirely on the preferences stated in the Rank Order Lists.
5. Get Your Result
The result of the Match is that each applicant is placed with the most preferred internship program on the applicant's Rank Order List that ranks the applicant and does not fill all its positions with more preferred applicants. Similarly, each program is matched with the most preferred applicants on its list, up to the number of positions available, who rank the program and who do not receive positions at programs they prefer.
Phases of the Match
The Match is conducted in two Phases. All eligible applicants that intend to participate in the Match must register for the Match before the Rank Order List deadline for Phase I of the Match. The two Phases of the Match then proceed as follows:
All applicants and programs must submit their Rank Order Lists by the Rank Order List deadline for Phase I of the Match on February 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The matching process will be carried out using those Rank Order Lists to place applicants into positions. The results of Phase I of the Match will be distributed on Phase I Match Day, February 19, 2021. Applicants who certified a Rank Order List for Phase I will be told whether or not they matched and to which program they matched. Directors of Clinical Training (DCTs) of academic programs will be provided with the Match results for their students. Internship Training Directors will be told which applicants matched to their program, as well as the result obtained by each applicant they ranked.
Programs that did not fill all their positions in Phase I will offer their unfilled positions to applicants in Phase II of the Match. A List of Participating Internships for Phase II of the Match will be provided on the Match web site beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET on Friday, February 19, 2021
Programs with positions available will offer those positions to applicants in Phase II of the Match. Applicants who register for the Match before the Rank Order List deadline for Phase I of the Match and who do not obtain a position in Phase I (e.g., those who withdraw or remain unmatched) will be eligible to participate in Phase II. Those applicants may apply to programs that are participating in Phase II. All applicants and programs must submit their Rank Order Lists by the Rank Order List deadline for Phase II of the Match, March 15, 2021. A second match will be carried out using those Rank Order Lists, and the results of Phase II of the Match will then be distributed on March 22, 2021.
It is possible that, after completion of both Phases of the Match, some programs will be left with unfilled positions and some applicants will remain without internship placements. APPIC will operate a Post-Match Vacancy Service for unplaced applicants and programs with available positions, which will begin operation shortly after the distribution of the results of Phase II of the Match.
Read more about each stage of the Match process:
Advantages of the Match
Since all offers, acceptances, rejections and final placements occur simultaneously, the Match is an effective and fair means of processing offers. The Match guarantees that each applicant and program will get the best possible result that is available to them.
The Match allows programs and applicants to evaluate each other fully before determining preferences, so there is no pressure to make premature decisions based on incomplete information. Applicants and internship programs do not receive information about the rankings submitted by other applicants and programs. Applicants and programs can list their desired placements in order of their true preference, without worrying about how they will be ranked by the other party.
The Match ensures that programs will not overfill their positions. It also eliminates unfair behavior that occurs in many typical recruitment processes, like programs issuing extremely time-limited offers, applicants hoarding multiple offers, and programs or applicants reneging on a prior acceptance because a more preferred option has become available.
The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) established the Match and is responsible for setting and enforcing the Match Policies and for monitoring its implementation.
The administration and conduct of the Match is carried out by National Matching Services Inc. (NMS), on behalf of APPIC.