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J Clin Psychol. 2010 Jan;66(1):1-16. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20664.

An examination of applicant characteristics of successfully matched interns: is the glass half full or half empty and leaking miserably?

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University of North Texas, TX, USA.


Although the "balance" between the number of potential interns and the number of internship slots needs be addressed, it is imperative that more attention be devoted to examining applicant and program characteristics that result in a successful match. To that end, the current study included pre- and post-match data provided by 330 applicants of the 2009 Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers Match system. In this sample, we found very little evidence that applicant characteristics are related to match outcome. Suggestions to applicants and directors of training are provided and understudied variables and needed analyses are identified. Policy considerations are discussed in terms of not only resolving the supply and demand imbalance but also improving the application process and clearinghouse system.

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