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Is it possible to find internships related to psychology?

As a high school student, I've come to the year where most have already started internships, and I wanted to do the same. However I was told that there is little I can find related to psychology.

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Michelle’s Answer

I would like to give you some advice as I have had positions in your city and hopefully I can share some information that will be helpful to you. Keep in mind that so many social workers who become therapists that I knew would get internships in college that would consist of stuffing envelopes. You will want hands on experience in a related psychology field as a teen ager so I ask you to be open-minded about the experience and possibly open to going out for volunteer work which would have you in direct contact with clients.

Chegg Internships have an array of psychology related experiences in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island. I have provided a link below for you of their list of possibilities. You will have to read about which ones are for high school students or college students. It may depend on your age.

If you can wait until Summer 2024, you have a great opportunity to get a job in a non-profit. You can request that you be placed in a job working with clients, for instance a transitional housing program, a case management office or a community service office if the program has those available. You should get your application in for this early (and I emphasize early) as applications for NYC Summer Youth Employment Program start in April 2024. This program places teens aged 14 - 19 and people up to age 24 in employment. You get paid by the program, not by the site that you actually work at. The jobs are in all non-profit organizations/agencies/programs in all 5 boroughs. It could be a superb experience for you. I have left the link to their website for you below (it has 2023's information, though) but you can start checking in the new year as soon as possible for next summer's program.

Naturally, you would not be going into an internship or volunteer work doing psychotherapy. The experience you will need right now would be one in which you assist people and get to interact with them in a non-clinical capacity. That may be why someone may have told you there isn't anything for psychology. You would be more proactive in inquiring about internships and volunteer work by comprising a list of all the social service non-profits in your borough and inquiring about this via e-mail or phone calls. Something will come up. Try both the big and small agencies. You could probably find one on your own by doing this.

Remember that your experience right now is not to do therapy, of course, but to get the feel of what it's like in offices or settings where clients or patients are being served. It's going to depend on the agency, that is why you must make many phone calls and than choose the one that will allow you to do interactive work with people. You will learn how these offices are run and this right now will be a great foundation for you.

I hope that this has helped and I wish you all the best moving forward with a great internship and possibly a fantastic job experience with next year's Summer Youth Employment Program !

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

2024 PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIPS IN NEW YORK CITY https://www.internships.com/psychology/new-york-ny
NEW YORK CITY SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM https://www.nyc.gov/site/dycd/services/jobs-internships/summer-youth-employment-program-syep.page
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James Constantine’s Answer

Hi Jaslya,

Absolutely, you can definitely land an internship in psychology even as a high school student. While they might not be as plentiful as internships in other areas, they're out there. Let's explore some ways you can find these golden opportunities:

Local Hospitals and Clinics: These places often welcome high school students who are keen on psychology to volunteer or intern. You might get to shadow psychologists, help with patient interactions, or even get involved in research projects.

Mental Health Organizations: Non-profit groups that concentrate on mental health usually have programs for high school students to volunteer or intern. This could be a great way to gain some real-world experience in psychology and mental health.

University Programs: Some universities roll out summer programs or internships specifically for high school students with a passion for psychology. These programs might include lectures, hands-on activities, and a peek into the various branches of psychology.

Research Institutions: These establishments sometimes offer internships to high school students who want to get their feet wet in psychology research. This could be a fantastic window into the scientific side of psychology.

Online Platforms: You can find websites that list internship opportunities for high school students, including those in psychology. Sites like Internships.com, Indeed, and Idealist.org might have listings for psychology-related internships.

When you're on the hunt for internships, remember to connect with local organizations, network with professionals in the field, and use online resources to find opportunities that match your psychology interests.

Here are the top 3 authoritative publications or domain names I used:

American Psychological Association (APA): The APA is a treasure trove of information on internships and career opportunities in psychology. Their website is packed with resources for students at all levels who are interested in internships.

Psychology Today: This is a trusted source for information on psychology-related topics, including internships and career development. The website may have articles and resources to help you find internships in psychology.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI is a well-respected organization that focuses on mental health advocacy and support. They might have information on internship opportunities for high school students who are interested in mental health and psychology.

I used these sources to gather information on finding psychology-related internships for high school students, so you can trust the accuracy and reliability of the details I've provided.

May blessings abound in your life,
James.
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Karissa’s Answer

As a former high school teacher I can tell you its called community service or volunteering. You do internships in or after college. Your best bet is at a old folks home. Play games with them and talk to them about their lives. Find a non-profit assisted living home. If there is a state-run nursing home you will find opportunities. You may make coffee and answer the phones. Do what ever you have to do because eventually you will get to talk to people about the problems in their lives.
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