F.A.Q.

What is your APA Accreditation status?

For more information about our APA Accreditation status for all three regions go here.

What is your APPIC Membership status?

For more information about our APPIC membership for all three regions go here.

What does the application process entail?

Please click here for the Application Procedures.

What materials are necessary for application?

More information about what is required in your application can be found here: Internship Application

What type of applicant is NPTC interested in?
  • Comprehensive Examination successfully completed
  • Dissertation proposal approved by start of internship
  • Completion of a minimum of 1000 total practicum hours, of which…
    • 250 should be Intervention and Assessment hours
    • 100 should be Supervision hours
  • Must have completed three years of graduate training (some sites require receipt of Master’s degree)
  • Enrollment in an APA- or CPA-accredited clinical (preferred), counseling, or school psychology doctoral program; OR a non-accredited school that has had or has been approved for an APA site visit.

For more information about what the individual sites look for in an intern, check out the “Intern Selection Process” tabs on each of the site bio pages found in the Central Current Sites and Great Lakes Current Sites and Cascade Current Sites sections.

What is your Interview Day like?

Interview Day is one of our favorite events that we hold each year. All sites in all three of our regions participate in this event! Nowhere else do intern applicants get the change to mingle with current interns, alumni, training directors, and supervisors from at least 14 different agencies spanning three regions across the united states.

Our next interview day will be January 10th – 11th, 2019.  We organize our interview day in this way in order to reduce the travel expense associated with the interview process. It is not uncommon for intern applicants to end up with 6+ interviews over the course of the day, and many of our sites will offer impromptu interviews to applicants who realized a site may be a better fit than they initially thought. This event is held in Springfield, Missouri each year (where our headquarters are located). The Interview Day is broken down into two parts, the “open house” on January 10th, and then the formal interview process all day on January 11th.

Due to the expansive nature of our sites and regions, interns will not necessarily be able to get tours of individual sites (unless scheduled separately). However, the January 10th “open house” is set up so that interns may mingle with current interns from the Central Region, site training directors, and site supervisors from all sites in all regions to discuss opportunities all of our sites have to offer. Individual booths are set up with site promotional materials and food will be provided. Impromptu interviews may be scheduled for the 11th if there is a mutual interest and applicants will have that evening to review materials to better prepare themselves for the actual interviews the following day.

Formal Interview day (January 11th) begins with an overview of the consortium and individual introductions by all the site directors to all applicants. The rest of the day consists of individual interviews based on the interview schedules sent out to all invited applicants and any last minute additions from the night before. Each applicant and site will have thirty minutes for the individual portion of the interview (some sites schedule 45 minute blocks). Applicants may also get chances to speak to the directors informally throughout the day. All participating NPTC sites from all three regions will be in attendance and conduct interviews. Please be aware that on-site tours are not a part of this interview process. However, some sites may approve a site tour at a later date if requested by prospective intern. The ability or inability to attend a site tour at another time will not impact match rankings.

Cascades Region Only:

Interns applying to sites within the Cascades Region will have the option to attend on-site interviews in Washington on Friday, January 18th, 2019 (HealthPoint) and/or Monday, January 21st, 2019 (CHCW) or Friday, January 25th, 2019 (CHCW) in addition to the Universal Interview Day. Applicants may choose which interview day(s) they wish to attend (or choose to attend all of them). Location of interview will not impact match rankings; rather, they offer multiple interview dates at different sites to allow travel flexibility for applicants.

What are the start and end dates for the training year?

Central and Great Lakes Regions

The 2019-2020 training year begins on August 1st, 2019 and extends through July 31st, 2020.

Cascades Region

The 2019-2020 training year begins on June 19th, 2019 and extends through June 18th, 2020.

What is the current salary?

Central Region: $30,014.40 for 2019-2020

Great Lakes Region: $25,001.60 – $30,014.40 for 2019-2020

Great Lakes Region Grant Funded Positions: $28,352.00 for 2019-2020

Cascades Region: $25,000 for 2019-2020

See site pages for salaries at each location.

What is the cost of living?

Cost of living estimates will vary by region, however, due to our focus on rural psychology, many of our sites are in areas where cost of living is far lower than other areas in the country. The salary provided at many of our sites will go farther than it would in larger areas.

More information is provided below by region:


CENTRAL REGION

Many cost of living calculators can only choose main metro areas within a state. If that is the case, then applicants interested in the Central Region should choose Springfield, Missouri as the main source of data. City location will vary by site. If the Cost of Living Calculator you use allows you to put in specific cities of your choice (like Smartasset.com) then you can find the specific site locations for the Central Region listed here.

Payscale.com provided the following list of percentages comparing the cost of living in Springfield, Missouri to other major cities. According to this chart, Springfield had a…

7% lower cost of living compared to Phoenix, Arizona
29% lower cost of living compared to Miami, Florida
45% lower cost of living compared to Anchorage, Alaska
15% lower cost of living compared to Dallas, Texas
159% lower cost of living compared to New York, New York
40% lower cost of living compared to Chicago, Illinois
39% lower cost of living compared to Los Angeles, California
51% lower cost of living compared to San Francisco, California

This means that $25,000 in Springfield is equivalent to having approximately*:

$27,000 in Phoenix, Arizona
$29,000 – $31,000 in Miami, Florida
$29,500 – $36,500 in Anchorage, Alaska
$27,000 – $28,000 in Dallas, Texas
$36,000 – $49,500 in New York, New York
$30,000 – $33,500 in Chicago, Illinois
$31,500 – $40,000 in Los Angeles, California
$36,000 – $50,000 in San Francisco, California

*Salary ranges were pulled from the results on both Smartasset.com and Money.cnn.com


GREAT LAKES REGION

Many cost of living calculators can only choose main metro areas within a state. If that is the case, then applicants interested in the Great Lakes Region should choose Logansport, Indiana as the main source of data for Four County Counseling Center, Lafayette, Indiana as the main source of data for Wabash Valley Alliance, and Fort Wayne, Indiana as the main source of data for Bowen Center. City location will vary by site. If the Cost of Living Calculator you use allows you to put in specific cities of your choice (like Smartasset.com) then you can find the specific site locations for the Great Lakes Region listed here.

For ease of reporting, we used Indianapolis, Indiana as our source of cost of living comparisons. Keep in mind that since Indianapolis is the largest city in Indiana, the areas our sites are located will have even better cost of living comparisons than what is listed below. Payscale.com provided the following list of percentages comparing the cost of living in Indianapolis, Indiana to other major cities. According to this chart, Indianapolis had a…

2% lower cost of living compared to Phoenix, Arizona
23% lower cost of living compared to Miami, Florida
38% lower cost of living compared to Anchorage, Alaska
10% lower cost of living compared to Dallas, Texas
147% lower cost of living compared to New York, New York
33% lower cost of living compared to Chicago, Illinois
36% lower cost of living compared to Los Angeles, California
49% lower cost of living compared to San Francisco, California

This means that $25,000 in Indianapolis is equivalent to having approximately*:

$25,500 – $26,000 in Phoenix, Arizona
$27,500 – $30,000 in Miami, Florida
$27,500 – $35,000 in Anchorage, Alaska
$25,000 – $27,000 in Dallas, Texas
$33,500 – $47,500 in New York, New York
$28,000 – $32,500 in Chicago, Illinois
$29,500 – $38,500 in Los Angeles, California
$33,500 – $49,000 in San Francisco, California

*Salary ranges were pulled from the results on both Smartasset.com and Money.cnn.com.


CASCADES REGION

Applicants interested in the Cascades Region should choose Seattle, Washington as the main source of data for HealthPoint and Yakima, Washington for the main source of data for CHCW. City location will vary by site. Please keep in mind that since Seattle is Washington’s largest city, cost of living for areas where interns choose to live may be lower than what is reported below. If the Cost of Living Calculator you use allows you to put in specific cities of your choice (like Smartasset.com) then you can find the specific site locations for the Cascades Region listed here.

Smartasset.com provided the following list of percentages comparing the cost of living in both Seattle and Yakima to other major cities.

Seattle had a…

Yakima had a…

4% higher cost of living compared to Phoenix, AZ
2% lower cost of living compared to Miami, FL
2% lower cost of living compared to Anchorage, AK
6% higher cost of living compared to Dallas, TX
25% lower cost of living compared to New York, NY
5% lower cost of living compared to Chicago, IL
9% lower cost of living compared to Los Angeles, CA
24% lower cost of living compared to San Francisco, CA
13% lower cost of living compared to Phoenix, AZ
21% lower cost of living compared to Miami, FL
21% lower cost of living compared to Anchorage, AK
11% lower cost of living compared to Dallas, TX
48% lower cost of living compared to New York, NY
23% lower cost of living compared to Chicago, IL
29% lower cost of living compared to Los Angeles, CA
47% lower cost of living compared to San Francisco, CA

This means that $25,000 in each city is equivalent to having approximately*:

Seattle

Yakima

$16,500 – $24,000 in Phoenix, Arizona
$19,000 – $25,500 in Miami, Florida
$22,000 – $25,500 in Anchorage, Alaska
$17,000 – $23,000 in Dallas, Texas
$30,000 – $31,000 in New York, New York
$20,500 – $26,000 in Chicago, Illinois
$24,500 – $27,000 in Los Angeles, California
$31,000 in San Francisco, California
$24,500 – $28,000 in Phoenix, Arizona
$28,500 – $30,000 in Miami, Florida
$30,000 – $33,000 in Anchorage, Alaska
$25,500 – $27,500 in Dallas, Texas
$36,500 – $44,500 in New York, New York
$30,500 in Chicago, Illinois
$32,000 – $36,500 in Los Angeles, California
$36,500 – $46,000 in San Francisco, California

*Salary ranges were pulled from the results on both Smartasset.com and Money.cnn.com


Estimated cost of living amounts were collected from the Cost of Living Calculators found on Smartasset.com, Payscale.com, and Money.cnn.com.

NPTC chose these options for their ease of use and the information provided, but does not use them as a promotion of any particular cost of living calculator. We encourage all applicants to review the information utilizing their own research and data in addition to any information we provide here.

Note: All cost of living estimates were pulled on 4/24/2018. We will try to update this information on a regular basis, but please note that the calculations may vary from what was provided here.

What type of benefits does NPTC offer?

Information on Intern support and benefits is available here: http://psychologyinterns.org/about-nptc/internship-admissions-support-initial-placement-data/

What is a consortium?

Please see “Guidelines for Development of Consortia” from APPIC by following the link.

What does it mean to be Partially Affiliated?

National Psychology Training Consortium is partially affiliated with both The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Pacific University School of Professional Psychology. These partial affiliations state that between equal candidates, students from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology or Pacific University School of Professional Psychology will be given preference. Interns from other programs will still be considered and are encouraged to apply.

The following table shows the ratio of interns from affiliated sites to interns from non-affiliated sites for each of our regions:

2018-2019
Central Great Lakes Cascades
Chicago School 1 6 0
Pacific University 0 2 1
Non Affiliated 15 10 9
Total 16 18 10
Does NPTC offer half-time internships?

Not at this time.