Internships are a great way to get some experience towards your future career, while earning school credit! Take advantage of the numerous places around Cal Lutheran that offer cooperative education opportunities for psychology students.
How to Find an Internship
A great way to start the search is to sign up with Career Services. They provide you with information about available internships in addition to having lists of websites with like information. Not only do they provide information, they also help you with the process of applying, such as reviewing your resume before you submit it.
Finding an internship specifically for Psychology doesn’t have to be so tricky. Dr. Julie Kuehnel is happy to brainstorm other opportunities with you, whether or not you have connections of your own. Not all internships have to be “official” as long as you have a plan on how your work can apply to psychology.
The application process is now online, but you must first meet with Dr. Julie Kuehnel to discuss your plan. The Psychology Department values its relationship with each site, so it is important that she talk with you to be sure the match will be a good one for you. Once she has approved your plan, you may access the online application through the Career Services website.
Sixty hours of work for the internship site is needed to earn one course credit (i.e., approximately 5 hours per week for a semester). Up to 240 hours of work may be counted for 4 credits in a semester; up to 8 credits may be earned before graduation. If the internship earns more than 2 credits, you will need to complete a formal 15- to 20-page paper (with references) about your experience. Otherwise, you will create a log of your time and activities related to your goals. The paper or log are due on the last Friday of classes for the semester (i.e., before finals week) and emailed in a pdf attachment to Dr. Kuehnel.
If you are thinking about doing an internship while here at Cal Lutheran, pursue it! This is a great way to develop skills, explore career options, and to have exposure to real world work. If you would like additional information please contact Dr. Julie Kuehnel at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by her office is in Swenson 237.