APA Internship

Qualifications & Application Process


Candidates must have completed their course work in their doctoral program, including at least 400 supervised practicum hours (sum of doctoral and terminal master's intervention hours), and have institutional approval for application to internship. In addition, candidates must have successfully passed their comprehensive exams before the application deadline and must be able to verify that their doctoral research proposals are approved before the ranking deadline. Previous practicum experience in a university counseling center and/or university-affiliated training clinic is preferred. Also, because our interns provide supervision to a practicum student during the spring semester, completion of a supervision course is preferred but not required. 


To be considered for the 2015-2016 internship year, ALL application materials must be uploaded to the AAPI Online Applicant Portal by 4:30 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on Monday, November 3, 2014.

Required application materials

Completed AAPI, including:

  • Cover Letter
  • Current vita
  • Official transcript(s) of graduate course work
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with your recent work (including at least one and preferably two supervisors who have supervised your therapy experiences within the last year)

Questions regarding the CSDC doctoral internship program and/or application process can be directed to the internship secretary at 815-753-1207 or the CSDC Training Director, Dr. Tim Paquette, at paquette@niu.edu.


The internship selection committee reviews all application materials. All applicants will be sent an e-mail notification regarding their interview status by December 15, 2014. Phone interviews with members of the internship selection committee will be conducted with approximately 25-30 applicants. The CSDC does not have an on-site interview process. Applicants who have been selected for phone interviews are always welcome to visit in order to gather more information about our site, but this is not required and does not improve an applicant's final ranking.

Rankings of applicants are based on a combination of factors including but not limited to their application materials, phone interview, educational and experiential background, and the match between the applicant's specified goals and the training provided by our internship program.

We participate in the APPIC Internship Matching Program. Our Program Code Number is 127011.

The CSDC doctoral internship adheres to the APPIC Match Policies. We abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

Please Note: The Illinois Campus Security Act (PA: 88-6290) mandates that public institutions of higher education shall identify “security-sensitive positions" and provide for criminal background investigations prior to employing individuals in those positions. Applicants who have been matched to the CSDC doctoral internship program are required to successfully complete a criminal background investigation. The Human Resource Services office at Northern Illinois University conducts the criminal background investigation and more specific information about the process can be found here. Applicants who match to our program but do not successfully pass the criminal background investigation will be dismissed from the internship (see APPIC Match Policy 6b).

APPIC Internship
Matching Program

Our Program Code Number is 127011

Important Dates for the 2015-16 Internship Year

  • APPI Online Application Deadline: 11/3/14 at 4:30pm (CST)
  • Interview notification deadline: 12/15/14
  • Phone interviews: 1/5/15  - 1/23/15
  • Phase I Rank Order List Deadline: 2/4/15
  • Phase I Match Day: 2/20/15