APA to Spend $3 Million to Expand Approved Internships

By James Bradshaw, Senior Editor
September 12, 2012



A $3 million investment to increase the number of approved internships available for doctoral psychology students was approved at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention held here the first week in August.

The Council of Representatives voted 145 to 15 to approve a three-year program to offer competitive grants of up to $20,000 each to help schools meet APA requirements for internship accreditation with the option to increase grants to $25,000 or $30,000 for exceptionally meritorious programs.

While the measure will lessen the imbalance of available approved internships, slots will still fall far short of the demand. An APA survey of 2012 placements showed that more than 40 percent of students — 1,704 of 4,067 — who sought internships were unable to find approved placements. In most jurisdictions, completing an APA approved internship is required for licensing.

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