Lynn H. Collins, Ph.D.
Important organizations for students
American Psychological Association Graduate Student Association (APAGS)
APAGS is the home for graduate student concerns within the APA. APAGS was established to promote the highest standards in the research, teaching, and practice of psychology in order to further the education and development of all students involved in the study of psychology; represent all graduate study specialties of psychology, and facilitate exchange of information between these groups; promote graduate student leadership development in order to communicate and advocate the concerns of graduate students; and establish and maintain channels of communication between APAGS and schools, universities, training centers, institutions, and other members of the psychological community. APAGS Office 750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002-4242 Phone: 202-336-6014 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
American Psychological Society Student Caucus
According to its bylaws, the purpose of this organization is to be a representative body of the student affiliates of the American Psychological Society. As such, the APS Student Caucus (hereafter, APSSC) is committed to the goals of that organization which are to promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, and the improvement of human welfare. Further, the caucus seeks to enhance the professional development of its members and improve the education of the science of psychology.
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral & Internship Centers (APPIC)
APPIC helps assure high quality training and recruitment practices at professional psychology internship and postdoctoral training sites throughout the USA and Canada. It's site includes information about the internship clearinghouse,Contents (Index with Quick Links to Topics) Directory and Policy Handbook, Email Lists, Forms and Document Downloads, Matching Program, Newsletter Highlights and Other Articles, Training Issues and Resources, Updates, News, Ballots, Surveys, and Conferences, Web Links to Other Sites.
Psi Chi: The National Honor Society in Psychology
Psi Chi was founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of . Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS). Psi Chi's sister honor society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges. Psi Chi serves two major goals--one immediate and visibly rewarding to the individual member, the other slower and more difficult to accomplish, but offering greater rewards in the long run. Chapters make active attempts to nourish and stimulate professional growth through programs designed to augment and enhance the regular curriculum and to provide practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter. In addition, the national organization provides programs to help achieve these goals, including national and regional conventions held annually in conjunction with the psychological associations, research award competitions, and certificate recognition programs.
Psychology Internship Licensure Requirements across the United States
Internship requirements for licensure vary considerably across the United States. While some states define specific requirements for the internship experience, other states do not provide details and instead require simply the completion of an internship. The purpose of this investigation was to delineate the commonalities and differences in psychology internship licensure requirements across the states in order to provide a guide for persons involved in the training and licensure process (i.e. , psychology licensure applicants, internship training directors, academic training directors, and psychology students). Information gathered from state licensure application materials was consolidated and organized into a list which reflects the most stringent psychology internship licensure criteria across all fifty states.