Why an Internship?
An internship allows you to find out what you enjoy (or dislike) about work in a specific field. You will form relationships with professionals in the field who can help connect you to other job opportunities, and you will gain skills that will strengthen your application to other jobs or graduate programs after graduation.
The Department of Psychology’s internship course is titled: PSYC 426: Internships in Psychology. This course is designed for upper-level psychology majors, who have completed at least six psychology courses and have at least a 2.5 GPA.
Where Should I Work as an Intern?
Because there is such a wide variety of careers for psychology majors, the options for internships are about as wide as your imagination. Here are some ideas:
Human Services: Mental health facilities, hospitals, residential facilities, in-home therapy programs, government agencies, law enforcement, court systems
Business: Marketing, human resources, communications, sales, public relations, event planning, training, recruitment
Research: Research assistant, data analysis, policy analysis, science education, science journalism…
Nonprofits: Community development, community organizing, outreach, after-school programs
So begin thinking about what careers you are interested in now, and then start applying for internships when you are a junior or senior.
Information on student employment and internship opportunities can also be found through RIC’s Career Development Center.