Internship Training Program

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Program Basics

The internship training program at the Village of Hoffman Estates Department of Health and Human Services is a 12 month, 40 hour per week, full time internship program. Interns are expected to be on site Monday through Friday, with three required evenings. HHS hours of operation are Monday –Thursday, 8:30am-9:00pm, and Friday from 8:30am -5:00pm.

The internship begins the Tuesday after Labor Day in September and is completed at the end of August.

Click here to download our Internship Handbook.

APPIC Site Number: Internship: #1276

HHS Training Staff:

Director of Training:

  • Audra Marks, Psy.D.

Supervisory Staff:

  • Monica Saavedra, Psy.D. (Director of HHS)
  • Ed Dunkelblau, Ph.D.
  • Caren Gardner, MS
  • Lauren Nichols, Psy.D.


Clinical Experience

Interns are expected to carry a weekly caseload of 18-20 clients. Caseload is made up of individual adults, adolescents, children, families and couples. Interns are also expected to complete a minimum of 3 comprehensive psychological assessments during the course of the training year.

In addition to psychotherapy and clinical assessment, Interns are also expected to complete weekly intakes for the first 6 months of the training year, after which they are involved in training practicum students to complete intakes and overseeing the intake process for the remainder of the training year.

Common presenting problems of clients include (but are not limited to) depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, externalizing disorders, adjustment disorders, marital difficulties, parenting difficulties and school problems.

Students are trained in:

  • Individual, Couple, and Family Psychotherapy
  • Multicultural Competence
  • Community Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Intake Assessments
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Outreach & Prevention

Opportunities exist for work in:

  • Employee Assistance Programming
  • Career Counseling
  • Community Prevention Program Development
  • Group Psychotherapy & Skill-based Groups
  • Community Health Services
  • Applied Research

Click here for more detailed information included in our Internship Handbook.



The supervision experience at Health and Human Services is varied and intensive. Interns receive 3 hours of individual supervision each week. In addition to individual supervision, Interns also receive one hour of weekly group/dyadic supervision. Interns are expected to audio and/or video record all psychotherapy sessions (with client consent) and this material is reviewed during weekly supervision meetings.  

Support, encouragement, and critical feedback are utilized to help students develop professional abilities that fit their own interactive style and enhance their therapeutic effectiveness.

Click here for more detailed information included in our Internship Handbook.


Training Seminars & Didactics

Psychotherapy Seminar

Interns participate in a weekly Psychotherapy Seminar. This seminar focuses on the theory and practice of psychotherapy with particular attention to applied family psychotherapy skills. The seminar is experiential and didactic including case presentations, role playing, and live supervision.

Multicultural Competence and Community Psychology Seminar

Interns participate in a weekly experiential and didactic Multicultural Competence and Community Psychology Seminar. This seminar focuses on increasing a therapist's self awareness, knowledge and skills as it relates to their work in the community and with diverse clients and settings.

During the year, students develop and implement programs designed to improve and sustain the health and well being of the residents in Hoffman Estates. The research based prevention programs seek to prevent the possibility of future development of severe health and/or mental health conditions that would otherwise require intensive treatment.

Current community prevention programs include:

  • Self-esteem & Body Image groups for elementary school aged girls
  • Social and Emotional Development Group for elementary school aged girls & boys
  • Leadership Development Group for elementary school aged girls & boys
  • Autism Parent Support Group
  • Community Education & Awareness Projects on a variety of topics
  • Employee Assistance Program Training

This Seminar trains students on evidence based community work. Students will discuss the importance of self awareness, knowledge and skills while working with clients and communities, learn theories on community prevention work, participate in community prevention projects and activities, learn the steps for developing a program, and implement a community prevention program.

A core focus of this seminar is to encourage a student's further growth of their competencies in issues of diversity. This focus is integrated into the seminar by asking students to share and process their reactions to content and experiential exercises.



Intern Salary: $18,500
The salaried Internship includes HMO medical coverage (nominal charge), 7 holidays, and 2 weeks of paid time off.

Internship Initial Placement Data

Please click here for information on post-internship, post-doctoral positions for the last 3 internship cohorts.


How to Apply

Application materials should be direct to:

Audra Marks, Psy.D, Director of Training
Village of Hoffman Estates
Department of Health and Human Services
1900 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

Internship Applicants:

  • Cover Letter 
  • Standard APPIC application - can be downloaded from the APPIC website
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Graduate Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Comprehensive, de-indentified psychological assessment report

Application Deadlines: All applications must be received by the following dates:

  • Intern: November 20, 2018* (Applicants selected to interview will be notified by December 15, 2018)

* The Department of Health and Human Services was a recipient of the APA grant to pursue accreditation. The self-study application is in progress and we have submitted our completed self-study for review. We will continue to provide updates on our progress and status with this process as we receive information from APA.

Note for Internship Applicants: The Hoffman Estates Department of Health and Human Services Department internship training program agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any internship applicant. Under this agreement, HHS is required to make all internship offers through the Matching Program. Therefore, all applicants must be registered for the APPIC Matching Program. Applicants can obtain a “Request for Application Agreement Package” from National Matching Services, Inc. The web address is

To be considered for this internship, we must receive your application materials by the date listed above.  Additionally, your signed application agreement and fee for registration for the Matching Program must arrive at National Matching Services, Inc office no later than stated deadline in order for your name and code number to be registered in the “Listing of Participating Applicants.”

Questions regarding the application process can be e-mailed to Judith Aldana, Administrative Assistant at  or call 847-781-4850