The issue is on the minds of many graduate students in psychology right now, with the application season for next year’s internships in full swing. Last year, 937 students, or 24 percent of those who applied, were not accepted by any of the sites they had chosen — and students must complete internships to earn their degrees and venture out into the workplace.
“These results are unacceptable,” Melba J. T. Vasquez, the president of the American Psychological Association, wrote in April.
Students who do not match must hunt for unaccredited internships, positions that can hobble their careers. Almost half end up without an internship at all and must try again the next year. According to a 2007 study by researchers at the University of Texas, 44 percent of graduate students who did not match were not able to find a program placement, and many if not most of them had to put off graduation by a year.
“It means that there are people who are taking student loans and spending years in this training who could go out and provide a service to the public, and they’re stuck,” said Robert E. McGrath, director of the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.
My professor sent me this after explaining to me that psy.d may ruin my chances of competing against graduate students with Ph.d’s. I am so devastated because I spent so much time and money to become a potential candidate for the psy.d programs. My advisor sent me on a wild goose chase and I wish I would had gotten a second opinion before chasing that goose! All the effort went down the drain. It’s time to start from scratch and hope for the best.