Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data
Internship Program Admissions
Date Program Tables are updated: September 1, 2021
Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program's policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:
The Doctoral Internship at NU CAPS fosters interns’ professional competencies through their experience as providers of essential services in a college mental-health setting, with clinical supervision and didactic training by experienced professionals. NU CAPS clients are undergraduate and graduate students who present with a wide variety of clinical concerns. Their cultural identities and backgrounds are customarily considered alongside social and historical realities in our understanding of their psychological health and formulation of treatment plan. With a developmental view of interns’ growth, clinical supervisors value interns’ identities as emerging professionals and cultural beings. Interns collaborate with other mental health clinicians, psychiatrists, medical staff, and various university partners. NU CAPS is a busy, dynamic, and well-coordinated working environment that calls for from all of its clinicians a comprehensive range of competencies while holding the responsibility of self-care and professional growth; our supervision, mentorship, and vigorous training curriculum support and challenge our Doctoral Interns to thrive in this environment.
Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours
Amount: at least 350 hours by Nov. 1
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
To be considered for the CAPS Internship Program, applicants must fulfill the following criteria:
- Current enrollment in an APA-accredited (or CPA-accredited) doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology.
- Successful completion of doctoral comprehensive exams.
- A minimum of 350 intervention hours from practica by November 1 as stated above, and a minimum of 1,200 total practicum hours. Refer to the AAPI for what are included under "Intervention Experience." These hours may also include practicum training accrued during a terminal master’s program. Although we value applicants' non-practicum clinical work in mental health services (e.g., jobs, volunteer work) as a helpful indicator of applicants' overall background and experience in the field, hours of non-practicum services should not be counted towards this criterion.
- Approval by the academic training program verifying readiness for internship.
- Completion of all required coursework and practica prior to the starting date of the internship.
- Favorable consideration will be given to applicants who will have completed or made substantial progress toward the completion of their dissertation by the start of the internship year.
Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year
|Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns||
at least $ 35,570
|Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns||Not applicable|
|Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?||Yes|
|If access to medical insurance is provided:|
|Trainee contribution to cost required?||Yes|
|Coverage of family member(s) available?||Yes|
|Coverage of legally married partner available?||Yes *|
|Coverage of domestic partner available?||No|
|Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)||112.5 hours|
|Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave||75 hours|
|In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs
that require extended leave, does the program allow
reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents
in excess of personal time off and sick leave?
Other Benefits (please describe):
- Hours of Professional Development Leave: 52.5 hours (e.g., dissertation work and defense, graduation, job interviews, conferences).
- Interns choose from health insurance options available to other Northwestern employees and pay the fee for the chosen plan; options to include a spouse and dependents are available.
- Each intern has her/his own office, equipped with a computer, printer, Internet access, digital recording technology, and voicemail.
- As Northwestern employees, interns have Northwestern e-mail accounts, business cards, access to library resources, and discounts at local merchants.
** Must be consulted and approved by CAPS and Northwestern's Human Resources
Initial Post-Internship Positions
|(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)|
|Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts||9|
|Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree||0|
|Community mental health center||0||0|
|Federally qualified health center||1||0|
|Independent primary care facility/clinic||0||0|
|University counseling center||3||0|
|Veterans Affairs medical center||0||0|
|Military health center||0||0|
|Academic health center||1||0|
|Other medical center or hospital||0||0|
|Community college or other teaching setting||0||0|
|Independent research institution||0||0|
|Independent practice setting||3||0|
|Not currently employed||0||0|
|Changed to another field||0||0|
|Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.|