Council of Chairs of Training Councils Internship Matrix
The Internship Matrix provides resources for those interested in learning more about developing doctoral internships in psychology. Information is included on the various sites that host internships, how to fund them, accreditation, and site-specific support for internships in many different settings (e.g., Veteran’s Affairs hospitals, university counseling centers, state hospitals, academic health centers, child/adolescent psychiatric or pediatrics, community health centers/federally qualified health centers/rural health clinics, community mental health centers, correctional facilities, psychology training clinics, and school districts). You are welcome to go to the specific site-related information most relevant to you, and follow up with questions to the Association(s) most relevant to your site. The Matrix joins other useful reference materials (including the Internship Development Toolkit) on the Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC) webpage located at http://www.cctcpsychology.org/resources/.
What is a psychology internship?
Also see: Canadian Psychological Association Accreditation Standards and Procedures, 2011, page 45:
The internship (or residency) is the final but essential step in preparation for professional practice in psychology at the doctoral level. It is at this step that graduate students are afforded the opportunity to apply theoretical and technical knowledge, to develop and refine professional skills, and most importantly, to integrate the theoretical, practical, and scientific in their emergent roles as professional psychologists. It is this integrative process and requirement that sets the internship apart from earlier practicum experiences that focus more concretely on the acquisition of skills. Finally, the internship socializes students into their professional roles and facilitates the transition from student to independent professional.
How do I start to develop an internship?
APPIC Mentoring Program (US or Canadian programs):
Policies procedures, and documentation examples: (see APPIC Training Resources and Sharepoint:
What is the value of developing a psychology internship?
Council of Chairs of Training Councils, Psychology Internship Toolkit:
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Mentoring Program: https://docs.google.com/a/appic.org/forms/d/1ujBQsbSkzl9mzKSDRvGGG9C-Z2aswwaQwTPSW3B8LYI/viewform?formkey=dHBESmVJelJKWElOd2FqVHk2b3NQcEE6MQ#gid=0
How can I advocate for the support needed to establish or maintain an internship?
What funding is available for my internship program?
APA Stimulus Funding
Graduate Psychology Education
APPIC Accreditation Readiness Project
NCSPP Internship Grants Program
Canadian Internships have historically been funded by the institution or directly from the provincial ministry. Information about program funding in internships across Canada is updated yearly by CCPPP:
How can Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) membership be helpful to me?
What is the value of APPIC membership?
APPIC Membership Criteria
APPIC eMembership Application
APPIC Membership Renewal
APPIC Training Resources
How can Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP) membership be helpful to me?
Becoming a member
How can my internship program become accredited?
In 2012, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and American Psychological Association (APA) approved and signed the First Street Accord. The Accord is a mutual recognition agreement on accreditation.
Also note that it has long been the position of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) that the North American regulatory bodies they represent treat APA and CPA accreditation equivalently.