Who are the three parties involved in the match? You The internship program Others
You Strengths Career goals and aspirations Past experiences Personality Geographical region Work culture
The internship program Study them inside and out Put yourself in the internship director’s shoe Counseling center Can she handle the stress? Can she do the work in the similar setting? Is she trainable? Can she work in the team? Can we offer what she needs? Can she give us what we needs and even go beyond that?
Others Faculty Supervisors Senior graduate students Former and current interns Friends and family
My selection criteria Sufficient clinical hours in the similar population A well written cover letter that describes how their career interests and experiences match with what we can offer A CV that demonstrates matched career path and relevant experiences
My selection criteria Written essays that demonstrate thoughtful conceptualization of the clients based upon their theoretical orientations rather than "I do CBT because it is evidence-based" A personal statement that shows professionalism without detailed information abut medical diagnosis or trauma history Impressive recommendation letters
Of course no typos and grammatical errors in all documents!!
Timeline October-November send applications out December get notified for interviews January interviews Fe 4 Submit phase I rank order list Feb 20 Phase I match Day Feb 26 Application deadline for phase II March 16 Submit phase II rank order List March 23, Phase II Match Day Post-Match Vacancy Service
Computer-generated match process Program A ranked you as #1, you ranked program A as #2. Your #1 site, program B ranked you as #2 and ranked the other applicant Mary as #1. Mary ranked your #1 site as #1. They get a match. You are matched with your #2 site. Cannot accept the offer on the spot. Do not believe their hint that they are going to rank you as #1. They say that to everyone.
Which sites should you rank? Rank every site unless you feel you will be abused and traumatized by the site Place the order according to the ones you truly believe are the best matches Consider the potential for building the professional network at that geographical region Learning new things vs. developing a specialty