How to Get Internships for Psychology Majors

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How to Get Internships for Psychology Majors. Psychology majors often need to complete an internship before graduating from college. Even if an internship isn't one of your degree requirements, consider one to get you started in the field. You can gain experience in clinical or research facilities while you work with mentors. Many times, you can receive class credit and a paycheck for your internship.

  • Start looking for an internship early. Search online databases and find application and interview tips from professional organizations like the American Psychology Association and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.

  • Talk to psychology professors who often hear about opportunities that you might not know about. Many keep bulletin boards or notebooks with current internship information for students. Make an appointment to discuss your route--research, counseling or teaching.

  • Go to the psychology career center. Most schools have a career assistance program that can help you with job and internship placement. The center should also help you build your resume and application packet to give you a strong competitive chance at finding the best job in the psychology field.

  • Join your school's undergraduate or graduate psychology association. The more involved you are, the more often you can hear about opportunities. Being involved in volunteering with research and recording data also helps in your resume-building process.

  • Look into the various types of internships for which you may want to apply. Consider counseling at a women's shelter or Planned Parenthood, working with mental or emotional victims of post traumatic stress disorder at the local VA hospital or doing more science-oriented clinical research at the university hospitals.

  • Get your resume ready, along with any psychology research studies you have participated in or prior volunteer work information, to prepare for interviews. Fill out applications and essays early and send them in as soon as you finish them to ensure you make the deadlines.

  • Send in application packets to the companies for which you'd like to intern. Call the businesses if they haven't gotten back to you within a week of the internship closing date. Ask politely about the status of your application and if the committee needs anything else from you.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider non-profit agencies, which may not pay you but will give you opportunities that corporations may not. Look at hospitals, schools, clinics and research facilities.
  • Apply for many psychology internships as it may take awhile to get accepted.

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