Originally Posted by Duck Duck Goose
I agree, it isn't a just world/system.
Congrats on matching.
One thing that bothers me now is that I can't just come up with my own internship, as my program won't let me. But they didn't let me rank an APPIC member site last year, either, and they let everyone else rank APPIC member sites (as I realized today that I was the only one who didn't match last year to somewhere, eventually). I feel held back by my program and, I think a bit, by APPIC and APA standards. I get that they're there to standardize training but I think I could get excellent training with similar experiences at a ton of places that would never consider seeking APPIC membership, never mind APA accreditation.
My 3 cover letters are done, applications are ready to go. Just waiting for program/site updates to be posted tomorrow afternoon.
*grumble grumble grumble* (This is my official noise for the remainder of my time on sdn - which may be just 4.5 weeks away! *GRUMBLE GRUMBLE GRUMBLE*)
Oh, also, the differences in intern stipends are often related to the cost of living in a particular area (and, sometimes, minimum wage laws, implicitly).
I'm just curious...what would happen if your school told you that you couldn't rank an APPIC accredited site but you did, and matched, anyways? Would that be an option for you? I've been keeping up with this thread and it is clear your school doesn't have your best interest at heart. Can you do what's best for you despite your school's recommendation?