Psychology Internship

PSY 496 (3 – 6 credits) offers students the opportunity to work in the community for course credit. Many opportunities exist with individuals of different ages (children, adolescents, adults) and different levels of functioning (typical individuals or those with serious emotional and behavioral difficulties). This experience is a wonderful addition to a resume or application for graduate school. To participate, a student must:

  • be a declared psychology major or minor,
  • have junior or senior standing, and
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in psychology.
  • Psychology minors must have completed at least four of their psychology minor courses prior to enrollment.

If you are interested in completing an internship in the Spring 2016 semester, you must attend one of the following one-hour meetings, or contact Dr. Danforth before October 15, 2015.

Monday, October 123:00 - 4:00 PMWebb 258
Monday, October 125:00 - 6:00 PMWebb 258
Tuesday, October 135:00 - 6:00 PMWebb 258
Wednesday, October 1411:00 - 12:00 noonWebb 258
Thursday, October 151:00 - 2:00 PMWebb 258

What opportunities are available?

This is an experiential learning course where students participate in an internship in a social service setting such as a hospital clinic, human service agency, group home, school counseling office, probation office, or specialized classroom. The student acquires knowledge regarding methods of intervention and the treatment philosophy of the placement agency by participating in an observational and supportive role. Students participating in the practicum are typically obligated for the equivalent of 8 – 16 hours per week for 3 – 6 credits. Students negotiate the actual hourly schedule with their placement supervisor.

There is a list of sites where we have pre-established agreements for our students to participate in undergraduate psychology internships. The students can select from this list or students can find their own sites. The list is revised each fall and spring semester, and is presented at the informational meetings held each semester.

Individualized experiences are also available in industrial/organizational psychology. Students interested in industrial/organizational sites should see Dr. Peter Bachiochi or Dr. Wendi Everton.

Students interested in sites that meet the requirements for the Behavior Analysis Certification Preparation should see Dr. James Diller.

Internships are on a semester-by-semester basis following ECSU’s schedule. Students may participate in a single placement for more than one semester if both student and agency agree, or students may repeat the course at a different placement.

The placement agency determines the actual program in which you participate. Placement sites may ask you to participate in any activity where they think undergraduate psychology students may be of assistance. In the past, activities that ECSU students have been involved in have included, but not been limited to:

  • 1 – 1 mentoring
  • 1 – 1 tutoring
  • Administering and scoring standardized rating scales
  • Co-therapy in treatment groups such as social skills training, problem-solving, divorce, children of alcoholics, anger management, and social skills
  • Implementing behavior management and behavior modification programs
  • Peer mediation
  • Program design/administration
  • Shadowing a probation officer
  • Small group tutoring
  • Systematic direct observation
  • Supervision of activity groups

Students attend a supervision class on campus and on-site supervision will be available to you at the placement agency.

To request information

Students interested in the internship course FOR SPRING 2016 should contact Dr. Jeff Danforth.

Community organizations and agencies interested in recruiting students for internships should contact Dr. Melanie Evans Keyes.

Important documents

PDF Internship Program Description (for placement sites)
MS Word / PDF Internship Agreement Form (beginning of semester or before)
MS Word / PDF Internship Evaluation Form (end of semester)

Why complete an internship?

Students who have completed an internship as part of their psychology curriculum praise the experience:

“Thank you so, so much for offering the internship program, it has truly been a pathway for my whole future, and I couldn’t ask for a better job straight out of college (especially in this economy!)”
- Jennifer Kaake, Class of 2010, the College Advocate for the Sexual Assault Crisis Center

“My internship experience was great. At first I was nervous about finding a place to do my internship, and the first couple of places I had in mind actually fell through, but my advisor at Eastern went out of her way to help me get a placement at the last minute. I learned so much more than I would have if I didn’t do an internship and the company actually hired me about a month after I graduated. I have been working there for about one year now and have even been promoted! I don’t know where I would be today if I didn’t do an internship!”
- Kaitlin Cormier, Class of 2010