Kott Scholars Profile

Kott Gerontology Scholars represent a range of professions that have included social work, psychology, counseling, law, and dance movement therapy. The Kott Gerontology Institute strives to expand through its internships the range of professionals that will continue to serve seniors after graduation. Advanced students enrolled in graduate university programs in the Chicago area and accredited by the professional organizations that they represent are considered for internships.

Application Form Coming Soon!

Applications accepted January 1 through April 1

Beginning in 2004, the Russell and Josephine Kott Charitable Trust has provided paid internships to advanced graduate students with a focus on aging and who are attending Chicago-area universities. The Kott Gerontology Institute administers the internship program. The intent of the Kott Gerontology Scholars Program is to encourage and support graduate students in a variety of professional specializations to develop skills that will prepare them to continue working with older adults after graduation.

Scholarship Terms: Kott Gerontology Scholar Program provides a $10,000 scholarship for a complete academic year, paid directly to interns’ universities for deposit into their personal student accounts in three equal payments. Interns are expected to be registered as full-time students during their internships. Partial and part-year scholarships are not offered. The funds are for use by individual Kott Gerontology Scholars to defray academic expenses, including tuition, loan repayment and other expenses. It is the responsibility of interns to ensure that payments are deposited into their accounts by their respective universities. Interns are required to participate in no less than 720 hours of on-site field experience, regardless of the field work requirements of their respective academic institutions. Interns will not receive field credit from consortium agencies until these hours have been completed in total. Interns who fail to receive a passing grade in their field experience from their respective academic institutions for any grading period, withdraw from or change academic programs, voluntarily withdraw from the Kott Gerontology Scholars Program, fail to maintain adequate placement hours to complete the internship academic year, or are terminated by their consortium agency for any reason, will not receive the balance of any remaining scholarship payments. Internship site assignments are the responsibility of consortium members, who take into consideration agency needs, interns’ preferences, and commuting time in making assignments.

The Application Process

Dates & Deadlines

Applications will be accepted January 1 through April 1 and are reviewed in the order they're received. Applications received after April 1 will be considered only if unfilled internships remain after considering all applications received by the original deadline.


Guidelines for application materials and references will be posted soon!


For more information concerning the admissions process and internships, email the Kott Gerontology Scholars Program at kottscholars@gmail.com.
Please do not direct questions to individual agencies.

The Internship Experience

The Kott Gerontology Scholars Program provides intensive training. Interns are assigned to a primary agency for a placement that requires 720 hours of on-site participation over a complete and continuous academic year, or approximately three full days per week from September through May. In order to encourage interns to learn from each other and share their experiences, Kott interns meet together as a group on several occasions during the school year, participate in a dinner for all previous Kott Scholars, and are required to complete a project that meets the needs of the agency in which they are placed. Most students spend some time working at their respective agencies during school vacations to complete their hours and to provide continuity of services to clients. Because Kott consortium agencies serve clients in broad geographic areas, interns are required to provide their own automobile transportation and submit documentation of personal insurance for vehicles upon acceptance to the program. Interns do not transport clients in their work.


Required Hours

Placements require 720 hours of on-site participation over a complete and continuous academic year.


Days per Week

Required hours approximate to about 3 full days per week from September through May.

The Consortium

A unique partnership between the Kott Gerontology Institute and participating community agencies serving senior citizens enables the Kott Gerontology Scholars Program to provide a consistently high level of education and training to interns. Several of the agencies have been designated by the Illinois Department on Aging as Case Coordination Units (CCU), and all of the agencies assess the needs and either arrange for, or directly provide, community-based services to seniors. Five of the agencies are Elder Abuse Provider Agencies for specific service areas. Each agency offers a set of core assessment and case management services, and individual agencies provide a range of other services that include adult day care, senior protective services, home delivered meals, homemakers, caregiver support, legal services, counseling and information and referral. Agencies offering placements may change yearly based on the availability of appropriate internship opportunities.

Partner Agencies

The following agencies currently comprise the consortium and may serve as internship sites:


Kott Gerontology Institute

1049 Lake Street, Suite 204
Oak Park, IL 60301


Kott Scholars Program

Russell & Josephine Kott Memorial Charitable Trust