Internship Crisis and Imbalance
The New York State Psychological Association is concerned about the disparity between the number of predoctoral internships available and the much larger number of applicants that are required to find and complete an internship. Despite efforts on multiple fronts, the imbalance has remained unresolved for many years now, placing a great deal of strain on schools, internships and students.
In recognition of our concern, on September 22, 2012, NYSPA's Council of Representatives voted to approve the following motion:
The New York State Psychological Association asks APA to include as a requirement for APA Accreditation that APA-accredited graduate programs insure that all students who fulfill their academic requirements and are eligible for internship receive an APA-accredited internship.
Upon further review, and discussion with stakeholders including the New York New Jersey Directors of Training (NYNJDOT), and after discussion in our subsequent Council meeting on November 10th, the motion was rescinded.
NYSPA remains interested in exploring solutions to this highly complex problem. We are in the process of creating a group of members that will create partnerships and collaborations with key stakeholders, including NYNJDOT.