How to Set Up a Psychology Internship

Tasks and tips for landing a great intership.

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  1. Select a few that seem interesting and check out details regarding (but not limited to):
    • Type of agency
    • Client and job details
    • Prerequisites
    • Time commitment & compensation
    • Training/Supervision
    • Location
  2. Set up interviews with at least two agencies so as to have some choices.
    • Prepare written information to provide them if needed (resumé, transcripts, letters)
    • Think of questions they might ask you, and be prepared to provide responses
    • Prepare the questions you want to ask them
    • Remember:  you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you.  Make sure you pick one that’s a fit for you.
  3. Take your Internship Agreement (contract) with you. Make this a link
    • This is available in the Psychology Office, Stevenson 3092
    • Make sure you have filled out your information in the top section
    • If an internship seems right for the agency and you, ask if they are ready to help you fill out Part A at your meeting.
    • Make sure your Supervisor signs the Internship Agreement.
  4. Provide your Internship Supervisor with our Supervisor Information Letter (Make a link).
    • Review what we ask of them.
    • Tell them what SSU provides (monthly supervision group and written assignments).
    • Show them the SSU Internship Coordinator contact information.
  1. Prepare for a professional meeting with the agency
    • Contact Dr. Lorna Catford (707.664.2402) to discuss requirements. Email link
    • Make sure you can articulate how this is a mutually beneficial partnership.
    • Take the Supervisor Information Letter with you. link
  2. Cover the following in discussion with your future Supervisor:
    • Client and job details
    • Time commitment and compensation
    • Training and supervision they would provide
    • Support provided by SSU
    • How to contact the SSU Internship Coordinator
  3. Take your Internship Agreement (contract) with you. Make this a link
    • This is available in the Psychology Office, Stevenson 3092
    • Make sure you have filled out your information in the top section
    • If an internship seems right for the agency and you, ask if they are ready to help you fill out Part A at your meeting.
    • Make sure your Supervisor signs the Internship Agreement.
  4. Provide your Internship Supervisor with our Supervisor Information Letter (Make a link).
    • Review what we ask of them.
    • Tell them what SSU provides (monthly supervision group and written assignments).
    • Show them the SSU Internship Coordinator contact information.
  1. With your supervisor select an area of professional development to pursue.  This might be (but not limited to):
    • A special project you take on
    • Work with a new type of client
    • Developing specific psychological skills
  2. Follow instructions for designing a new internship above.
  1. Start looking for your internship sooner rather than later. It can take more time than anticipated.
  2. When you set up your meeting tell them:
    • You’re an SSU student seeking information about Internship options.
    • Do not start with, “I’d like to work here.” (in case you change your mind when you meet them and see the agency)
    • Be polite and professional at all times.
  3. Take your Internship Agreement form and resume, if needed, to your meeting.
  4. If the internship is a fit, see if the supervisor might be able to help complete your Internship Agreement form at your meeting.
  5. If the internship is not a fit, smile, shake their hand, thank them for their time and information.