Psychology majors complete 90+ hours of internships to gain real, hands-on experience in the field. You will have a number of opportunities to fulfill internships within the local community. Our students are offered internship opportunities in nursing homes, schools, mental health centers, day care facilities, and other agencies. Read about some of the internships our alumni have experienced below:
Kaitlin Chrisman '18
Jefferson Primary Elementary, Findlay, Ohio
Chamberlin Hill Intermediate, Findlay, Ohio
"First semester I shadowed a licensed school counselor and a clinical counselor. While I want to be a school counselor, I was able to learn about both areas. I got to sit in on one-on-one counseling sessions with kids, teach guidance lessons to full classes, and see firsthand what an actual counselor does on a day-to-day basis. During the second semester, I was more involved with the guidance lessons and I was able to take on more responsibilities because I shadowed her for the entire first semester and she trusted me with more things.
It gave me a better idea of the grades that I want to work in and it gave me a better skill set that I didn't have going into the experience. I always thought that I wanted to be a high school guidance counselor, but after this, I just want to work with little kids. It changed my perspective and gave me new goals."
Alexandra Sanders '19
Century Health - Emergency Services, Findlay, Ohio
"I really enjoyed it because I learned a lot and I was able to apply the things I was learning about in the classroom to the emergency setting and face-to-face with patients and clients. It was a little culture shock at first because it's very fast-paced and you never really know what's going to come in and you have to be ready for that kind of shell-shock.
I am currently applying to graduate programs for a master's in clinical mental health counseling, so I can hopefully work for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a trauma counselor. In graduate school, you're doing field work within your first year, so it's really important to be able to establish that relationship with clients and be able to interact with someone when they are in crisis and not take things personally."
I maintained really good grades throughout school and I do research with Dr. Burmeister. Those things look really good on a CV, but to have diverse community experience is so important."