How do I Find an Internship in Psychology
at Metropolitan State?
Generally, students find internships in one of several ways:
* They rely on personal contacts or past experiences.
* They consult with the Institute for Community
Engagement and Scolarship (ICES)
* They find a new job that is related to some aspect of
Psychology and use it as an internship site
* They rely on internship or volunteer lists compiled by
newspapers, organizations, or groups
* Many Counties (and some Cities) have volunteer
coordinators who would have usable sites
* They consult with faculty and staff (and peers) at
Individualized Internships are coordinated by the
Institute for Community Engagement and Scolarship (ICES).
The ICES works with internship sites and coordinates the paperwork
associated with registration for individualized
internships. The ICES also maintains lists of internship
possibilities, and will consult with students desiring internships
(they do this in group sessions once a month, or individually by
appointment). The ICES web site and
Internship pages provide links to much information on internships.
Finally, most issues of the Catalyst list
internship opportunities. The CCBL will consult with students who
are seeking internship sites and they also maintain a
list of internship "leads" at http://www.metrostate.edu/msweb/community/ices/intern/links.html
The Career Services Office also has some leads, click the "Career Link"
link at http://www.metrostate.edu/career
While ICES is an excellent resource, many students are
aware of excellent internship sites but do not realize that
they can develop their own internship site. For example, maybe
you know a family member or acquaintance who has been
connected to a learning center, youth organization, retirement
community, rehabilitation center, or other entity that
uses unpaid volunteers as a major part of their organization -- if the
context is related to some aspect of Psychology
you might be able to use that site.
At the undergraduate level, internships in Psychology are
very flexible. They are different from more speciailzed
graduate-leve interships which may have many more requirements.
So, when you talk to organizations make sure
you are clear in saying you seek an UNDERgraduate internship. Tou
might even consider saying you'd like a
significant volunteer experience because the demands on the site are
similar to what they must do when working with
volunteers. Psychology is a very broad field with diverse
applications -- so you have many options for an internship!