The following policies will guide the
2005 APPIC Match. Adherence to these
policies is a condition of membership in APPIC.
For 2004-2005, the Rank Order List
Submission Deadline is February 9, 2005.
Results of the Match will be released on APPIC Match Day, February
1. These policies apply to all
participants in the APPIC Match, including APPIC member internship
programs, non-APPIC member internship programs, and student applicants.
participants shall abide by their agreements with APPIC for
participation in the APPIC Match.
training directors must ensure that all people involved in recruiting
or selecting interns understand and adhere to these policies.
of APPIC Subscriber programs and doctoral programs with students
participating in the APPIC Match are requested to ensure that their
students understand and adhere to these policies.
of APPIC Match Policies or Match Agreements by applicants or programs
may result in sanctions by APPIC (e.g., being barred from future
Matches) or legal action by other Match participants. In
addition, violations by applicants may result in disciplinary action by
the applicants' graduate and/or internship programs.
Internship programs must offer all of their internship positions
through the APPIC Match.
3. Participants in the APPIC Match,
including applicants and internship programs, may not communicate,
solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information prior to the
release of the Match results.
programs must include the following statement in their brochures: This internship site agrees to abide by the
APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit,
accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern
information that internship programs may communicate to applicants
prior to the release of the APPIC Match results is whether or not the
applicants remain under consideration for admission. The
spirit of this item precludes any communication of applicants' rankings
prior to the release of the APPIC Match results, however "veiled" or
indirect such communication might be.
programs and applicants may never solicit information regarding
applicants' and programs' rankings, even after the release of the Match
that offer more than one program in the APPIC Match (i.e., sites with
more than one program code number) are expected to ask applicants to
identify the site’s programs to which they are applying.In addition, these sites may, for the sole purpose of
arranging interviews, ask applicants to designate their preferences
regarding the programs at the site for which they wish to be
interviewed.These sites may request
interview preference information only when it is essential for making
interview arrangements, and such information may not be used for any
other purpose in the selection process.Furthermore,
these sites may not solicit any information about applicants’ final
rankings of programs.Sites requesting
interview preferences must state clearly in their written materially
that these preferences will be used for arranging interviews only and
for no other purpose..
ranking information that is communicated between applicants and
internship programs, even though such communication is a violation of
these policies, is non-binding and may be changed at any time prior to
the Rank Order List submission deadline. The
only binding rankings are the confidential Rank Order Lists that are
submitted to the APPIC Match.
programs may choose to provide applicants with information about the
size of the applicant pool.
programs that conduct on-site or telephone interviews must make a
reasonable effort to notify every applicant who submits a complete set
of application materials as to his/her interview status. Such
notification must occur no later than the interview notification date
that appears in the program's APPIC Directory Online listing and/or
other publicity materials, and may be communicated via e-mail,
telephone, regular mail (postmarked no later than the interview
notification date), or other means. Sites
that conduct open houses to which all applicants are invited and
conduct no other interviews are exempt from this requirement (this
process should be clearly stated in the APPIC Directory Online and/or
sites' publicity materials).
Results of the APPIC Match constitute binding agreements between
applicants and internship programs that may not be reversed
unilaterally by either party.
of applicants to internship positions may be contingent upon the
applicants satisfying certain eligibility requirements. Such
eligibility requirements must be clearly specified in the internship
programs' written materials and provided to applicants in advance of
the APPIC Match.
training directors are encouraged to contact matched applicants by
telephone as soon as possible after Eastern Standard Time on APPIC Match Day.
It is not
necessary for internship training directors to contact applicants with
whom they have not been matched.
Internship training directors must put in writing their appointment
agreements with matched applicants in letters postmarked no later than
72 hours following receipt of the APPIC Match results.
should be addressed to the applicants and must include confirmation of
conditions of the appointment, such as stipend, fringe benefits, and
the dates on which the internship begins and ends.
these appointment letters must be sent simultaneously to applicants'
academic program directors.
Internship programs that receive their APPIC Match results and have one
or more positions left unfilled may then make other direct offers of
admission (verbal or written) to applicants who remain unmatched or to
applicants who did not participate in the Match. Applicants
who receive their APPIC Match results and who remain unmatched may then
receive other direct offers of admission.
to receive timely notification of the APPIC Match results, for any
reason, does not constitute a release from the Match.
programs may not take any actions to fill open positions prior to Eastern Standard Time on
APPIC Match Day. Applicants who remain unmatched may not contact
internship programs about unfilled positions prior to Eastern Standard Time on
APPIC Match Day.
making offers to fill open positions, internship training directors
must verify with applicants, to the best of their abilities, that the
applicants have not previously been matched to other internship
programs nor accepted other offers.
may not accept an offer if they have been matched or have already
accepted an offer from another internship program.
(verbal or written) that has been tendered by an internship program and
accepted by an applicant constitutes a binding agreement between the
program and the applicant that may not be reversed unilaterally by
internship training director must put in writing the appointment
agreement with the applicant in a letter postmarked no later than 72
hours following acceptance of the offer by the applicant, as described
in paragraphs 5a and 5b above.
Individuals who detect violations of these policies are urged to
request compliance with APPIC policies from the appropriate party
compliance problems should be resolved informally, whenever possible,
through consultation among applicants, internship training directors,
academic training directors, and/or APPIC, or by other informal means.
training directors who become aware of violations of these policies by
other internship training directors should urge the applicants and
academic training directors involved to follow the informal resolution
procedures described above, and/or should directly contact the other
internship training directors.
not amenable to resolution through such consultation should be reported
as soon as possible to the APPIC Standards and Review Committee at the
address listed at the end of this document.
If a formal complaint is filed with APPIC regarding an alleged
violation of these policies, the APPIC Standards and Review Committee
(ASARC) will evaluate the allegations and recommend an appropriate
course of action to the APPIC Board of Directors. The
APPIC Board of Directors is the body that ultimately determines the
course of action. ASARC policies are
described on the APPIC web site. Violations
of APPIC policies should be reported to:
Chair, APPIC Standards and Review
Committee 10 G Street, N.E. Suite 440 Washington, DC20002 (202) 589-0600
Copyright (c) 2004 Association of
Psychology Postdoctoral and InternshipCenters (APPIC). "Reprinted with permission."