Psychology Internships

Why should I consider an internship?

Psychology internships provide practical experience in the applications of psychology, allow students to develop work skills and contacts, enhance applications for graduate school, and may satisfy part of the “required support” for the psychology major. A few internships are paid.

What would I do as an intern?

Interns often assist professionals in mental health, social service, business, research, government, and medical settings. Interns’ possible job duties may be as diverse as the applications of psychology itself

When could I complete an internship?

Juniors and seniors (≥ 60 credit hours) with a grade point average of 2.75 or better may pursue internships. Psychology students often complete internships the summer after the sophomore or junior year, but other times are possible.

How do I find an internship?

You may identify a potential internship site yourself, or you may seek the assistance of a faculty member. Internship sites may be nearly anywhere, including Kirksville, St. Louis, Kansas City, and other locations. Professor Sal Costa (Barnett Hall 2401A, 660-785-4646) maintains contact with a number of internship sites (see examples below). Other psychology faculty members may also have suggestions.

Who would supervise my work as an intern?

Psychology interns have both an on-site and a faculty supervisor. The on-site supervisor is usually the intern’s boss at the internship site. Professor Sal Costa serves as the faculty advisor for many psychology interns, and other psychology faculty members may be available to serve as supervisors, as well.

Could I earn credit toward my degree during an internship?

Most psychology students earn 3-12 credits in PSYC 471 (Internship: Psychology) and 1-3 credits in PSYC 472 (Internship Evaluation and Analysis) during their internships. Students work approximately 40 hours at their internships for each credit hour that they earn.

How do I learn more?

Interested students should begin the process of identifying and securing an internship well in advance (e.g., a full semester) of the desired start of the internship. Students should begin by talking with psychology faculty and advisors. Professor Sal Costa is actively involved in placing and supervising psychology interns. In addition, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (McClain 203, 660-785-4105) has internship application packets.

Recent Internship Locations

  • Chariton Valley, Kirksville, MO
  • Youth Homes of America, Johnston, IA
  • American Cancer Society, Mission, KS
  • St. Louis County Police Dept., St. Louis, MO
  • Duffy Psychology Associates, Iowa City, IA
  • Adair County Family Services, Kirksville, MO
  • Trader Publishing Co., Maryland Heights, MO
  • Red Cross, Kirksville, MO
  • JRG Management, Saint Louis, MO
  • Crider Counseling Center, Wentzville, MO
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Saint Louis, MO
  • Fulton State Hospital, Fulton, MO
  • Community Playground of Columbia, MO