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How to Apply

***IMPORTANT: This page describes the application requirements and procedures for the Northwestern CAPS Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology, a university counseling center training site.  If you are seeking information about the doctoral internship program offered by the Feinberg School of Medicine's Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, use this link:***

Criteria for Internship

To be considered for the CAPS Internship Program, applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

Application Materials

CAPS uses the AAPI Online Application as with all APPIC member internship programs. Hard-copy, mailed-in applications will not be accepted. Visit the APPIC website to find out more about the AAPI Online.

Your application must include the following components:

Deadline for Applications:

Applications must be submitted through AAPI Online by Friday, November 10th, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

Contacting the Internship Program:

To communicate directly with the Intern Selection Chair, e-mail Arellys Aguinaga directly at, or use the following mailing address:

Arellys Aguinaga
Northwestern University
CAPS, Abbott Hall, 5th Floor
710 N. Lake Short Drive
Chicago, IL, 60611

Selection Procedures

The Intern Selection Committee is comprised of the Training Director, senior staff members, and occasionally Postdoctoral Fellows and current Doctoral Interns. Applications are reviewed for alignment of the applicant's training goals and clinical experience with the CAPS internship program offerings. CAPS' selection process follows the Match Policies set by APPIC. Applicants are also required to follow APPIC guidelines.

The Selection Committee at CAPS reviews the AAPI between the second week of November and the second week of December. By December 15, 2023, all applicants will be notified by email of whether or not they will be invited for a 50-minute Zoom interview. CAPS typically invites 30 candidates for interviews, which are scheduled during the first three weeks of January.  Instructions for what to expect and how to effectively prepare for the interview are provided.

For candidates who match with CAPS for an internship position, please note that hiring is contingent upon a successful background check conducted through HR Talent Acquisition.  Drug testing is not a requirement of the hiring process for CAPS Doctoral Interns.  Effective January 1, 2020, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act permits the use of marijuana in the State of Illinois by adults age 21 and older.  However, Northwestern University policy prohibits faculty or staff from the use or possession of cannabis on campus under any circumstance, regardless of medicinal status.

***Please note that the National Register may be able to assist with relocation expenses for internship:***