Recent graduates of Penn State Behrend’s Psychology program are working as: elementary and special education teachers, school counselors, case workers, therapeutic support staff, research associates, industrial organizational psychologists,
and clinical psychologists.
Many graduates have also pursued advanced degrees at schools such as: Washington University, Cleveland State University, Columbia University, John Hopkins University, University of Pittsburgh, and LECOM.
Psychology students are encouraged to complete a formal internship to explore their career interests. Internships may be completed in any semester or summer. They may be in the profit or nonprofit sectors and may be paid or unpaid. Internships may vary from 3 credits (120 hours) to 6 credits (240 hours).
Internship Requirements. Before you take an internship in psychology you must have completed PSYCH 100 (General Psychology), and PSYCH 200 (Psychological Statistics). You must have a 2.50 GPA overall, a 3.00 psychology GPA, at least 5th semester standing, and approval of the site. In certain cases waivers of one of these requirements is possible. See Dr. Melanie Hetzel-Riggin, 814-898-6949, Program Chair of Psychology for more information.
Internship evaluation. Students are evaluated on three criteria: 1) evaluation of the site supervisor, 2) keeping a journal of their experiences, and 3) completing a project paper that integrates the field work with the theory and research from the classroom.
Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for the classroom and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.
Penn State Behrend has developed a Master of Arts degree in Applied Clinical Psychology. Applications are now being accepted. Learn more about the Applied Clinical Psychology graduate program.