Internship Admissions, Support and Initial Placement Data

Last updated: Sept. 1, 2023

Program Disclosures

Does the program or institution require students, trainees, and/or staff (faculty) to comply with specific policies or practices related to the institution’s affiliation or purpose? Such policies or practices may include, but are not limited to, admissions, hiring, retention policies, and/or requirements for completion that express mission and values? No.

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: 
  • Previous practicum experience in a university counseling center and/or university-affiliated training clinic is preferred. Also, because interns have traditionally provided supervision to a practicum student during the spring semester, completion of a supervision course is preferred but not required.
Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at the time of application? If yes, indicate how many:
Total direct contact intervention hours Amount: 400 
Total direct contact assessment hours Amount: N/A

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

  • Must successfully complete their comprehensive exams by the application deadline and all required coursework by the start of the internship.
  • Must verify that their doctoral research/dissertation proposal has been approved by the ranking deadline (if not already approved by the application deadline).

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual stipend/salary for full-time interns $35,000
Annual stipend/salary for half-time interns N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern Yes
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 Yes
Hours of annual paid personal time off (PTO and/or vacation) 25 days
Hours of annual paid sick leave 12 days
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

  • Paid university holidays and winter break closure.
  • Mandatory intern/employee payroll deduction to a retirement plan of your choice per Illinois state law as a public university employee.
  • Professional development release time and potential funding to attend conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.
  • NIU library and computer facilities are available at no cost
  • Option to pay the staff fee for NIU Recreation membership and/or programs.

Prospective interns who would like to learn more about CCS doctoral internship policies and procedures regarding parental leave, due process/remediation/grievances and/or other information, can contact Jennifer Kestner, Ph.D., at or 815-753-1206. You can also view additional details about NIU Human Resource Services benefits, policies and procedures.

*Note: Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this webpage.

Initial Post-Internship Positions (2019-2022)

Total number of interns who were in the three cohorts 9
Total number of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0

Area Post-doctoral Residency Position Employed Position
Academic teaching 0 0
Community mental health center 0 0
Consortium 0 0
University counseling center 1 0
Hospital/medical center 0 0
Veterans Affairs health care system 0 0
Psychiatric facility 0 0
Correctional facility 0 0
Health maintenance organization 0 0
School district/system 0 0
Independent practice setting 4 3
Other 0 0

Note: 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.

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