INTERNSHIPS – Get the Experience!
If you are considering a career or employment in the helping professions, the psychology faculty and the Career Development Center strongly encourage you to complete an internship within your area of interest. These opportunities for hands-on experience enable you to “try out” your field while enabling you to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom. We have dozens of active partnerships with internship sites throughout Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio, but are not limited to those already in place. We can work with you to develop a suitable site in your home area or anywhere in the country. Students have the option of doing their placements in the summer or during fall and spring semesters. Internships are generally completed in the summer following junior year, or during the senior year.
We are also fortunate to be able to take advantage of the breadth and depth of the many excellent local agencies and internship sites in the Erie community. These sites allow students to work in a number of diverse settings such as jails, probation departments, substance abuse agencies, residential settings for children, adolescents, and adults, schools, public health agencies, crime victim centers, and human resource departments. Populations served by these sites include emotionally or behaviorally disturbed youth and adolescents, the developmentally disabled, adults with psychiatric disorders, or adolescents or adults involved with the criminal justice system.
Below is just a sampling of our psychology placements:
Abraxas Youth and Family Services
Albion Correctional Facility – Mental Health Unit
Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems
Children’s Advocacy Center of Erie County
Crime Victim Center
Dr. Gertrude A. Barber National Institute
Erie County Health Department
Erie County Adult Probation/Parole
Erie County Prison
Gannondale Residential Center
Mental Health Association
Millcreek Township School District
Safe Harbor Behavioral Health
Saint Vincent Health Center
Sarah Reed Children’s Center
Stairways Behavioral Health
The Family Institute
VA Medical Center
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic