Hi, All, I was looking for a fresh perspective on my situation, and I was wondering what all of you think. I am a 5th year phd student in a really, really strong program. This year I applied to internship with 3 very strong letters (I saw all 3), 5 publications (2 in psychological assessment), etc., etc. However, my major professor (also the clinical director of the program) really had a strong hand in screwing everything up. He strongly discourages the gradaute students from submitting more than 5 applications. None of the students listen to him -- but they don't have to because he does not write letters of rec for them. However, he of course writes me a letter of rec. Anyway, he basically told me to apply to no more than 3 sites because he had an inside deal with one particular internship and, whether I like it or not, I was going there. Well, although it is a top notch internship, I did not want to go there. However, I couldn't argue because he would think I was being insubordinate and then write me a bad letter. Anyway, the internship suddenly lost its accrediation on 12/06 -- it was too late to submit any more apps to other sites. Out of the other 2 apps I sent out, I got 2 interviews (University of Illinois - Chicago and Chicago Medical School). Bother were very, very, very competitive sites and of course I didn't match. I wasn't too stressed out about only having 2 interviews because no one told me the inside pocked site lost its accreditation till one 3 days before match day. So now, I did not match and my professor is saying that he didn't know that site x lost its accrediatation, I should have been able to match at the other sites I applied to... He's nuts; the odds of matching with 2 interviews, esp at competitive sites, is very low. Although I am not happy at all about this, I have several options. Using the criterion of WANTING TO MAXIMIZE THE CHANCE OF GETTING AN INTERNSHIP NEXT YEAR which would you choose: 1 - One site is allowing me volunteer 3 days/week. There is no word of their giving me an internship the year after. I didn't even tell them I applied for internship and did not match. ALl they know is I want to volunteer there. However, if I do a good job I cannot imagine why they wouldn't. The negatives: I will have to live almost completely on loans for one year. Also, I would have to move 300 miles away : ( 2 - Stay where I am and apply to all non-competitive sites next year -- however, my school requires an APA accredited internship 3 - Can you think of anything else? What would you do?