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IPS Students Hit 100% Matching Rate for Internship Placement
All students accepted into competitive internship programs, beating the national average of 75%.

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Arlington, VA, February 28, 2011 – This year’s “Match Day” of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) was a very exciting one for students and faculty at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS).

100% of the doctoral students who applied for internships were “matched” with a pre-doctoral internship site in Phase I.

APPIC’s annual “Match day” – held last Friday, February 25 for this year -- provides applications for internships to connect appropriately trained and interested intern applicants with internship sites. 

The pre-doctoral internship refers to a one-year, advanced skill training internship/residency to further develop students’ hands-on experience using psychological interventions, and is a key step toward graduation and licensure as a psychologist. 

According to the APPIC website, of the 4,199 students from the USA and Canada who applied, 75.6% matched in Phase I.

IPS students were placed at Aspenpointe Health Services in Colorado Springs, CO; the Cornerstone Counseling Center, Chicago Area Christian Training in Carol Stream, IL; the Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services in Warsaw, IN, and Catholic Social Services, part of the Nebraska Internship Consortium. 

Two of these training sites are APA-accredited and two meet APPIC standards.

“Our students competed with applicants from the very best universities and professional schools in America and Canada, most of which have long-standing traditions in clinical psychology,” noted Dr. Philip Scrofani, Ph.D., IPS Director of Clinical Training.

He continued, “This represents another remarkable milestone for the Institute for the Psychological Sciences and is a tribute to our supporters, faculty, administration and most of all to our students. We praise God for his Divine Providence.”

In IPS’ 11-year history, all 14 doctoral students who have applied for internships have been selected by APA-accredited or APPIC-recognized programs (APA 8; APPIC 6). 

IPS President Charles Sikorsky reflected, “We are very proud of these achievements of our students.  It is a joy to see them rewarded for the hard work and sacrifice they have put in during their time of study and training at IPS.” 

“It is also a recognition of the scientific quality of our program, a tribute to the dedication of our dean and faculty.  We are very grateful to God for this wonderful news,” concluded Fr. Charles.

Su Li Lee, one of the students who’d just received word of her match at the Chicago site, said, “It is such a gift to be able to progress through my clinical training by being matched with an internship position. The fact that all of us who ranked in the first phase this year were matched is testament to the robustness of the training we receive at IPS.”

The students will begin their internships in August.



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