Application Process

The application and interview dates for the 2019-2020 internship year will be provided when available

Your application will consist of the standard AAPI Online information:

  • Completed AAPI (no additional materials required)
  • 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 doctoral internship program and/or application process can be directed to Tim Paquette, Assistant Director/Training Director, at paquette@niu.edu or 815-753-1206.

Interview and Match

The CCS internship selection committee reviews candidate application materials. All applicants will be sent an e-mail notification regarding their interview status by December 14, 2018. Phone interviews are conducted with approximately 25-30 candidates during the first three weeks of January. Interviews are 50 minutes with two members of the selection committee and are followed by a separate 15-minute phone call with a current intern. After the interview process is completed, candidates are welcome to visit CCS for a tour of the center and to meet informally with available staff and interns. We understand that visiting CCS provides candidates additional information about our site and training program. However, a visit is not required and does not improve a candidate'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 CCS 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 CCS doctoral internship program are required to successfully complete a criminal background investigation. Human Resource Services at Northern Illinois University conducts the criminal background investigation and more specific information about the process can be found here. You can also contact Human Resources Services at 815-753-6000 for more information. Applicants who do not successfully complete the criminal background process will nullify their match to our internship program (see APPIC Match Policy 6b).