Interns will receive $27,295 in annual wages. The internship year begins on August 10 and ends on August 9 of the following year.

University Benefits

As Non-exempt University Staff, doctoral interns will receive full university benefits including leave time, insurance, and retirement investments. Detailed information can be found on the Human Resources website at

Employees are covered by the Hybrid Plan if they were hired on or after January 1, 2014, have never participated with a VRS or ORP plan, or have cashed out their VRS or ORP account. This plan is comprised of both a defined benefit (DB) portion and a defined contribution (DC) portion. Employees are required to contribute four percent of their annual salary into the DB portion of their retirement account. The employee and employer are both required to contribute one percent to the DC portion of their retirement account. The employee has the option to contribute up to an additional four percent (in .5 percent increments) into the DC portion of the account. Virginia Tech will match the first one percent of the employee's annual creditable compensation as well as the following one percent voluntary contribution. For each additional voluntary .5 percent contribution, Virginia Tech will match a contribution rate of .25 percent. Employees may increase/decrease contributions quarterly. Vesting occurs on the DB portion after 60 months of service. Vesting for the DC portion is based on the length of participation in the plan.

Additional Benefits

  • Interns are allowed two hours per week of research time that may be used either for in-house research or dissertation completion
  • Interns are eligible to purchase a faculty/staff parking permit
  • Interns may obtain staff library privileges
  • Interns may utilize recreational facilities at McComas Student Health and Fitness Center as well as War Memorial Gym
  • Interns may be approved to attend off-site workshops or conferences at the discretion of the training director, as well as other on-campus continuing education activities sponsored by Cook Counseling Center.
  • As employees of Virginia Tech, interns are covered in the performance of their professional duties under the university liability policy

The Facility

Cook counseling Center and Schiffert Health Center are located in McComas Hall. The building also houses Recreational Sports. Resources within the facility include:

  • A private office equipped with a desktop computer, printer and Ethernet access
  • Virginia Tech email account
  • Senior staff and intern offices have ceiling-mounted video cameras and microphones. Live observation and video playback is possible from any staff office via an internal cable network
  • Each office is equipped with a panic button for added security

Administrative and Technical Support

Interns enjoy the same access to clerical support as the senior staff with front office staff available to answer phones and schedule client appointments. In addition, clerical assistance is available with the scoring of some psychological tests.

Access to Division of Student Affairs IT staff is available to assist all staff with computer hardware and software issues, as well as with questions about web design.


Information about childcare options, as well as information about schools, health care and counseling services in the New River Valley can be obtained through Hokie Wellness at Virginia Tech.