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There are a variety of resources available to assist students in the preparation for and application to pre-doctoral internships. The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centres’ (APPIC) website (http://www.appic.org.) provides details of the application and matching process (including the standardized internship application form), as well as an online directory of internship settings. The APPIC form is a common application form used for both Canadian and American internship settings. The Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programmes (CCPPP) also has an excellent website (www.ccppp.ca) that details the process of applying to internships, and provides other information such as an internship directory, possible interview questions etc. The York Psychology Resource Centre (BSB 162B), also houses a great deal of information. Mary Maleki has available information regarding various Internship Programmes. This information includes application forms, stipends offered, and what the setting both offers and looks for in the applications.
When deciding where to go for your internship, you not only need to consider your progress through the programme, but also identify your own career goals, and research sites to locate those with a “goodness of fit” with your own goals. It is recommended that students apply to a variety of sites in order to increase the likelihood of a successful match (i.e., 80-90% match rate).
After you have decided where you would like to apply, the next step is to prepare the application. The APPIC form is long and time-consuming, and students need to be thoughtful in their responses. It is a good idea to obtain a copy of the application form early in your training, so that you can update it as you obtain experience. Internship Training Directors will look for care in preparing the application, letters of reference that provide a positive and honest recommendation, a match between the student’s goals and that of the setting, the student’s skill set, grades and research involvement. Workshops are set up by the department to discuss preparation of your applications. Anyone is welcome to attend these workshops. One usually occurs in mid to late April for the application process, and a second one in late April/early May on applying for 127 external funding. Previously successful students will be on hand to discuss potential sites and their experiences.
The next stage is the interview. Research the site and prepare questions, as well as anticipate those that may be asked of you (both the CCPPP and APPIC websites provide tips on possible questions). Again, settings will look for goodness of fit and student’s sophistication in thinking. The department has workshops to help you prepare for interviews, including mock interviews and discussions about the interview process.
These workshops usually happen in December.
Finally, there is a match day. The matching process is described in detail on both the CCPPP (www.ccppp.ca) and APPIC (www.appic.org) websites. Furthermore, refer to the CPA workbook entitled "Match made on earth: A guide to navigating the psychology internship application process.", available on the CPA website (http://www.cpa.ca/documents/Internship_workbook.pdf), for a detailed description of the application process, and related suggestions for completing it.
Post-Doctoral Positions APPIC has a search page for post-doc positions as well as for those applying to communicate with each other: www.appic.org. Many post-doc positions are also announced at “newpsychlist” which can be joined by sending “subscribe newpsychlist your name” to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also consider joining APA’s “practice” listserv to network with practising professionals who may be able to direct you to potential supervisors/sites.
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The Canadian Psychological Association sets out to unite, promote, and advance the practice of psychology in Canada. The student section is the largest section in CPA and you should strongly consider becoming a member (see website for details). Being a part of CPA is a great way to become networked with other students from across Canada and become aware (or make others aware) of issues facing today’s Canadian students in Psychology. In addition to great journals, CPA publishes a quarterly newsletter (PSYNOPSIS) that addresses hot topics in Canadian psychology. Each issue has a student corner that focuses on information for students by students. Here are just a few of the helpful Psynopsis articles you can access for free via the CPA
Badali, M.A., & Habra, M.E. (2003). Self-care for Psychology Students: Strategies for Staying Healthy & Avoiding Burn Out. Psynopsis:
Canada’s Psychology Newspaper, 25(4),14.
Pillai, R. (2002). One Student’s Take on Award Applications. Psynopsis: Canada's Psychology Newspaper, 24(4), 13.
Brotto, L. (2002). Chronicles of a Clinical Psychology Internship Applicant - Part I: Things I Wish I Had Known Earlier. Psynopsis:
Canada's Psychology Newspaper, 24(1), 20-21.
Paré, N. (2001). Things I Wish I Had Known Earlier: A Look Back on my Journey as a Graduate Student. Psynopsis: Canada’s Psychology Newspaper, 23(4), 14-15.
Chambers, C.T., & Newth, S.J. (1998). Maximizing your relationship with your research supervisor. Psynopsis: Canada’s Psychology Newspaper, 20, 16.
Don’t forget that there are other great professional resources such as:
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Childcare The York University Cooperative Daycare Centre is a non-profit licensed facility employing full-time professional staff to care for children between the ages of six weeks and five years. The centre is located in Room 128 of the Atkinson College Residence, 90 Atkinson Road. For more information, phone: 736-5190 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.york.ca/daycare There is also a daycare facility in the York Student Centre, room 201. Part-time flexible licensed childcare is available for children aged 18 months to five years. For more information contact coordinator Lesley Powell, 736-5959.
Security The Security Control Centre operates 24 hrs/day. Uniformed security officers regularly patrol campus buildings, pathways, parking lots, and roads by foot, bicycle, and car. In the event of an emergency you can contact the office from an emergency phone — marked by fluorescent blue beacons — or by dialing ext 33333.
If you’ve locked yourself out or lost your keys to a university office or building, you can call Security to let you in. You will need to provide identification and/or a description of the space and its contents. Phone ext.
Keys Keys to your office should be obtained from your advisor. When working after hours make sure you close the BSB entrance door behind you (it tends to stay open due to the wind). Do not open the door for keyless strangers. If you lock your keys in your office during regular hours, you can borrow the master key from Sandra Locke or Ann Pestano in the Chair’s Office to get back in. After hours you can call security for assistance at 736-5333. A swipe card to enter BSB on weekends can be obtained from Mary Maleki in the Resource Centre on the first floor of BSB just off the Hebb Computer lab.
Exercise on and off campus Check out http://www.yorku.ca/sprtyork/index.asp for both intramural and recreational sports. Your student fees cover free access to the Tait McKenzie gym. You need only pay $10 for a shoe tag. York offers a fair amount of courses and exercise classes at a reasonable rate. There are also many clubs you can join off campus, in your neighbourhood. Check to see if they have student rates. If you wish to join a team sport, check out Toronto Central Sport at http://www.torontossc.com for a listing of groups, locations, prices and times. They offer both summer and winter programs.