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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.
Psychology Practicum Program (term-time)
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- fall 2014 must fill out the pre-registration form and then meet with Professor Sally Theran to discuss prerequisites and obtain admission into the Practicum Program.
After meeting with Professor Theran, students must arrange to meet with Liz O'Connell in the Center for Work and Service to finalize their site selections and receive the contact information for the sites to which they want to apply, learn about transportation options, and share a current version of their resume. Sites for the fall include Riverside Community Care and the Walker Home and School. Students need to make an appointment with Liz via MyCWS and bring their resume and list of site selections to their appointment.
After you meet with Liz 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 Liz if you need assistance in completing or compiling these materials.
Once you have secured an internship, please send Liz O'Connell and Professor Theran an email with the name of the host site, supervisor, and his/her contact information. Once a student has secured the internship, the Psychology Department will give the student permission to register for the course.
Deadlines are May 1st for the fall 2014 internship and November 15th for the spring 2015 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. Acceptable forms of transportation include: public transportation or Exchange/Senate bus, Zip Car, or personal vehichle. 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.
A current U.S. drivers license must be held by (the majority of) U.S. student interns selected for this program, especially for those students going to Riverside Community Care since public transportation is not available. 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. Sites for the fall include Riverside Community Care, the Walker Home and School, and two others to be named shortly. 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? The organizations listed have been selected by the PSYC299 faculty for the fall 2014 semester. If you have another site in mind, please discuss it with Professor Sally Theran for potential placement in the future.
Can I apply to organizations that are not on this list? In fall 2014, three or four sites will be participating in the program. Students should discuss other possible organizations with Professor Theran for potential placement in the future.