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What type of internships can you get and what is it that you exactly do when being a psychology major?

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I have yet to think about getting an internship while in the process of achieving my B.A in Psychology. I know that an internship is something very good to have under your belt because it shows experience and is highly valuable for applying to jobs. I am skeptical as to what you do as you intern. I understand that anywhere you intern will be different but will you be doing real work as if you had landed your dream job or would you be more of someone who helps out and is a personal assistant. This question has always came to mind when thinking about an internship. #internships #volunteering #internship #volunteerism #volunteer-training

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NIRMALA’s Answer

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Hi Michael:


There are many internship opportunities for psychology major. You can check with the hospitals for internship and government agencies. With BA in psychology probably you will be doing more administrative work than clinical work. But with MA in psychology or PH.D candidates can get hands on experience in clinics and they have the opportunity to run the clinic with the supervision of licensed clinical psychologist. I use to work in Veterans Medical Center and they have really very good internship with 4 clinical rotation - psychiatry, substance abuse, day hospital and mental health and also the hospital had a good program with another hospital. VA has excellent programs. Probably PhD level internships are stipend. People with psychology with higher education can work in schools, hospitals, government agencies, can have their own practice. Higher education always opens door for great opportunities. Good luck with your education and future.

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Daniela’s Answer

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Hi Mitchel,


The best internship opportunity is one that will familiarize you with the work environment, your obligations, your responsibilities, and the work hours you will have in the field. Read on to learn about the types of internships that Psychology Degree Majors often apply for.


In addition to the psychology internships that are available for graduate students, there are also other opportunities that will prepare undergraduates for the real world or graduate school. You can work for a government agency, a school, or even in a private clinic to gain skills that you will use as a psychology professional. Here are some of the various types of internships that may be available in your area:



  • Working in a mental health facility and becoming a patient advocate

  • Working in a high school or college setting to consult students on career and degree options

  • Working with a vocational counselor at a vocational school

  • Working with professional sports teams to become a sports psychologist

  • Working in a private practice to learn about the environment and duties

  • Working with lawyers in a criminal justice department to become a forensic psychologist


How to Get Selected for an Internship


If you want to be selected, make sure to apply early. Most of the time, applying 6 months to a year in advance is necessary. The organization offering the internship will often work with your school schedule to set a start date that works best. Make sure that you let the organization know you are passionate about the field of psychology, and focus on your student accomplishments. Apply for several opportunities, and do your research in advance so that you know what they are looking for. Finding the perfect opportunity is like finding the perfect career, it will take time and effort.


There are a lot of different internship options when you are a psychology degree major. Consider what career you will find fulfilling, look for opportunities that are relevant, and gain experience while you improve upon your resume for the future.


In: http://www.onlinepsychologydegree.info/faq/what-kind-of-internship-is-helpful-for-a-psychology-degree-major/


Best of luck!

Hello Daniela, this is wonderful feedback. I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my question. Take Care! Mitchell A. Translate
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