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Psychology Internship Opportunities
Psychology majors have a few options if they want
to participate in a psychology internship.
Wellesley College offers the opportunity to complete an internship during the academic year,
or during the summer.
The first option is the Psychology Practicum Program - see below. The second option is to complete a summer internship through the CWS.
Psychology Practicum Program
Juniors and seniors can participate in the Psychology Practicum Program by registering for PSYC 299
- one full credit
- cannot be counted towards the psychology major
- completion of internship required
Students interested in participating in the Psychology Practicum Program must fill out the pre-registration form and then meet with Professor Sally Theran or Professor Paul Wink to discuss prerequisites and obtain admission into the Practicum Program.
After meeting with a Psychology faculty member students must arrange to meet with Katie Koski in the Center for Work and Service to finalize their site selections and receive the contact information for the sites to which you want to apply, learn about transportation options and share a current version of their resume. (Download site selection list here) You need to make an appointment with Katie via MyCWS. Students must bring their resume and list of site selections to their appointment. Once a student has met with a psychology faculty member and Katie Koski the Psychology Department will give that student permission to register for the course.
After you meet with Katie to review your pre-registration form and resume, you will submit your resume and a cover letter directly to the organization. Please attend a drop-in session at the Center for Work and Service prior to your meeting with Katie if you need assistance in completing or compiling these materials.
Once you have secured an internship, please send Katie Koski and Professors Wink and Theran an email with the name of the host site, supervisor, and his/her contact information.
Deadline is November 15th for the spring internship, and April 15th for the fall internship.
In order to receive course credit students must:
- complete a learning contract with their supervisor within the first two weeks of their internship;
- attend all supervision meetings (three to four per semester).
Supervisors must complete:
- the learning contract with the intern in the first two weeks
- a mid-semester evaluation
- a final evaluation
The Center for Work and Service will assist students with reasonable transportation expenses to their practicum sites. Students must select the most economical method of transportation, e.g. public transportation or the Exchange/Senate bus. Students must go to the CWS Service Transportation website and fill out the Service Transportation Reqest form.
Zipcars are available for participants use depending on availability. Students should plan to submit their service transportaion request to the CWS as soon as their placements are finalized to arrange transportation as the vehicles fill up quickly. Funding is not available to pay for taxi cabs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
If I don’t know what area of psychology I am interested in investigating, how do I narrow my placement search? Read about the different sites and see if any of the organizations stimulate your interests. Consider your goals in psychology. Do you plan to attend graduate school? Maybe you should consider a clinical placement. Additionally there are organizations such as Riverside Community Care that have opportunities in a variety of areas. Observing their different services will increase your understanding of the field and all of its employment opportunities.
What if none of the sites on the list match my interests? If the organizations listed on the site information sheet do not satisfy your goals for participating in this program, feel free to research potential sites yourself. Katie Koski can help you to identify other sites.
Can I apply to organizations that are not on this list? Yes. Students should discuss other possible organizations with either Professor Theran or Professor Wink.