Careers and Internships for Psychology


Psychology Jobs

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.

Student Internships

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 sememster 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.

Career and Internship Planning

The Academic and Career Planning Center (ACPC) assists students with career and life planning. You may schedule appointments with the ACPC staff to discuss career interests, skills, values, and goal setting, as well as how to find career information, internships, full-time jobs, and graduate schools. Students are encouraged to utilize the services of the ACPC.