APA-accredited, APPIC member
The Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology (NICPP) comprises seven cooperating agencies that together offer a broad range of professional experiences for qualified doctoral students in psychology. The mission of the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology is to provide psychology interns with intensive professional training experiences within the context of a scientist-practitioner model. NICPP specializes in training professional psychologists with child, adolescent, college student, and family interests. The Consortium sites, Department of Health and Human Services of Nebraska, Boys Town, Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center, Student Counseling Services-Creighton University, Counseling and Psychological Services UNL, Munroe-Meyer Institute, Nebraska Medicine Psychology Department, QLI, and Morningstar Counseling and Consultation, P.C. are located in the cities of Lincoln, Omaha, Kearney, Grand Island, Chadron and Beatrice, Nebraska. The internship program is one full year (12 months/2000 hours) in duration. See the Current Interns page for more detailed information on internship requirements.
NICPP is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). The Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology completed the APA re-accreditation process in 2016 and was granted full accreditation by the American Psychological Association for seven years. Our next re-accreditation site visit is in 2023. Questions regarding NICPP's accreditation may be addressed to the American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First St. NE, Washington DC 20002-4242, phone: 202-336-5979.
The Consortium accepts applicants from APA-accredited school, counseling, and clinical psychology doctoral programs. The NICPP agencies require background checks, although the nature of the background checks vary from one agency to the next. And the NICPP agencies require vaccinations including vaccinations for COVID unless the candidate has applied for an exemption with the agency, and that exemption has been approved.
The defining feature of the NICPP as a consortium is our commitment to comprehensive and coordinated experiences. Therefore, interns are admitted to NICPP and not to an individual agency per se. Primary training experiences, responsibilities, and supervision are coordinated at individual sites, with oversight by the NICPP Board of Supervisors. Interns attend monthly seminars, have access to many other educational events, and are exposed to a wide array of talented supervisors. A look at who's currently in the spotlight conveys the range of accomplishments of the NICPP interns and faculty.
Intern stipends range from $28,000 to $38,822 for a full-time, 12-month training period. Health insurance is available at some agencies. Approximately 32-48 intern positions are available each year in the Consortium. In 2022 and 2023, 164 students applied to the Consortium through the Match, and we currently have 39 interns for the 2023-2024 year. Applications to NICPP are due November 1st. Virtual interviews for prospective interns are scheduled for two weeks in January. Video and virtual open houses for each site will provide a tour of facilities and opportunities to meet staff members. Consult each NICPP site page for specific information on virtual open house. Also consult each NICPP site page for information about COVID vaccination requirements, requirements for criminal background checks, and eligibility of international students for the internship. These will vary depending on each site's home agency and funding restrictions.
Students who have completed their internship training with the Consortium have been very successful in obtaining employment in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community mental health centers, universities, and school districts. Occasionally, postdoctoral opportunities are available at some of the sites in the Consortium. Additional information on past interns' placements and postdoctoral placements may be obtained from the Consortium office and from the APPIC website.