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, Catholic Social Services, Center for Health and Counseling – Creighton University, Munroe-Meyer Institute, Nebraska Medicine Psychology Department, and QLI are located in the cities of Lincoln, Omaha, 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 school, counseling, and clinical psychology doctoral programs, and preference is given to students from accredited programs.
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 $22,900 to $35,000 for a full-time, 12-month training period. Health insurance is available at some agencies. Approximately 30 intern positions are available each year in the Consortium. In 2017 and 2018, 175 students applied to the Consortium through the Match, and we currently have 41 interns for the 2018-2019 year. Applications to NICPP are due November 1st. Interviews for prospective interns are scheduled for two Fridays in January and are held at a central location in Omaha. Open houses, with opportunities to tour facilities and meet staff members, are held at each site the Thursdays before the interview days.
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' employment placements and postdoctoral placements may be obtained from the Consortium office and from the APPIC website.
Diversity and Inclusion
Our consortium is strongly committed to advancing diversity in the recruitment and retention of professional staff and interns. We seek to promote a safe and inclusive work environment to allow for reasonable accommodation. Diversity issues are integrated into our monthly consortium days, clinical training, and supervision. Past consortium day topics have included:
Situated in urban and rural Nebraska, there is a strong presence of migrant workers, refugees, Native American from reservations, and military personnel among the clients we serve and colleagues with whom we collaborate. We offer unique opportunities for interns to develop competence in working with a range of individual difference variables, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, language, migration history, religion and spiritual practice, age, sex, physical abilities, socioeconomic and educational status, geographical location, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.