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Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Date Program Tables Updated: September 28, 2023.

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Internship Program Admissions

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 Northwestern CAPS Doctoral Internship provides strong generalist training to prepare interns to function effectively as psychologists in a college counseling center or similar clinical setting.  Interns gain experience in providing essential college mental health services, including intake assessment, individual and group therapy, rapid access and crisis intervention, community-based intervention/outreach, clinical consultation, advocacy, case management, and clinical supervision. To support the psychological well-being of clients and the broader NU student community, interns routinely interact and collaborate with members of our diverse and multidisciplinary staff of psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and psychiatrists—as well as CAPS’s campus partners. Clients of CAPS present with a range of clinical concerns and treatment needs, and staff are committed to understanding psychological illness and wellness in the context of clients’ social and cultural realities.  CAPS is a dynamic and fast-paced workplace, and our supervision, mentorship, and training curriculum support and challenge our Doctoral Interns to thrive as emerging professionals 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:  YES                                        Amount:  At least 350 by October 1st.

Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours:   NO

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

To be considered for the CAPS Internship Program, applicants must fulfill the following criteria at the time of application submission:

  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited (or CPA-accredited) doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology.
  • Successful completion of doctoral comprehensive or qualifying exams.
  • A minimum of 350 intervention hours from practica by October 1st as stated above, and a minimum of 1,200 total practicum hours. Refer to the AAPI for what constitutes "Intervention Experience." These hours may also include practicum training during a terminal master’s program. Although we value applicants' non-practicum clinical work in mental health services (e.g., jobs, volunteer work) in considering applicants' 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 $42,000

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) 135 hours
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave 112.5 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? 
Yes **  
Other Benefits (please describe):
  • 22.5 hours of professional development time (for graduation attendance, dissertation defense, job interviews)
  • Typically 10 university holidays (in addition to vacation and sick leave time listed above)
  • Interns choose from health insurance options available to other Northwestern employees and cost of premium is deducted monthly from paycheck for the chosen plan; options to include a spouse and dependents are available.
  • Interns are provided individual offices, laptop and docking station, internet, access to printer/copier/fax machine, digital recording technology, and phone/voicemail.
  • As Northwestern employees, interns have Northwestern e-mail accounts, business cards, access to library resources, and discounts at local merchants.

*Including same-sex spouse

** Must be approved through consultation with CAPS, Northwestern Human Resources, and the Northwestern Office of Civil Rights & Title IX Compliance.  Additional information is available on the Human Resources webpage: Leaves, Holidays, and Time Off.

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
Academic Teaching 0 0
Community Mental Health Center 0 0
Consortium 0 0
University Counseling Center 3 1
Hospital/Medical Center 0 0
Veterans Affairs Medical Center 0 0
Psychiatric Facility 0 0
Correctional Facility 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization 0 0
School District/System 0 0
Independent Practice Setting 2 0
Other 2 1
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.