Process of Internship in the Psychology Department

Students in the Psychology major are given a choice between completing a senior thesis or an internship placement, as part of meeting the Psychology program's requirements. Many students choose to fulfill this upper-level requirement through an internship experience. During their senior year, after successfully completing most required courses in the Psychology curriculum, students gain valuable field experience by participating at a site that does psychology-related work. The Psychology Department houses an extensive list of sites - over 50 organizations - to provide a wide variety of opportunities for internships.

Psychology internships are arranged through a collaborative endeavor between faculty and students. While the faculty internship supervisor offers close guidance to students during the process of arranging internships, students take an active role in the search process, as part of their preparation for their employment search after graduation. The often mutually positive experiences between interns and internship sites commonly lead to many students receiving employment offers during their internship experiences.

Once an internship arrangement has been confirmed, students are required to complete 120 hours at their site throughout the fall or the spring semester of their senior year. Students pursue the internship requirement during their senior year because the internship serves as a culminating experience of the major, during which students apply the psychological theories and information they have studied in various psychology courses in the prior 3 years of their academic trainings. Students are offered regular supervision throughout their placement, with particular attention to examining how psychology-related work empowers them to be of service to others.

The Center for Career Development is another resource to learn more about internship opportunities at Eastern.

A Sampling of Organizations Psychology Majors Have or Are Currently Interning

  • Abington Hospice (Eldercare), Warminster, PA
  • Access Services Inc. (Non-profit for adults and children with special needs), Ivyland, Pa
  • Adolescent Advocates (Drug Counseling), Rosemont, PA
  • Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center, Drexel Hill, PA
  • Berry Elementary School—ASSURE Program (After-School Services Utilizing Recreation and Education Program), Philadelphia, PA
  • Bethany Christian Services (Children’s Services), West Chester, Elkins Park, Willow Grove, PA
  • Blair Mill Elementary, Hatboro, PA
  • Brandywine Hospital (Behavioral Health: eating disorders, geriatric, mental illness), Coatesville, PA
  • Bridgeway, Inc. (Community service; mental illness), Philadelphia, PA
  • Broad Street Ministry (Church ministry), Philadelphia, PA
  • Caring People Alliance (Includes afterschool program for youth), Philadelphia, PA
  • Child Guidance Resource Centers (Behavioral healthcare and educational services), Havertown, Coatesville, Norristown, or Philadelphia, PA
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Child Education & Creative Arts), Philadelphia, PA
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Center for Family Intervention Science-Research), Philadelphia, PA
  • Cityteam (Nonprofit running programs for homeless, mothers, and drug addicted individuals), Chester, PA
  • Clarke Auditory Schools-Roberts Road Preschool (Speech pathology) Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Collegium Charter School (School Psychologist), Exton, PA
  • Community Service Foundations (Youth with behavioral, emotional and substance abuse) Pipersville, PA
  • County Alternative High School (Special educational program) Media, PA
  • Daemion Counseling Center (R5) (Outpatient Counseling) Berwyn, PA
  • Delaware County Christian School, Newtown Square, PA
  • Delaware County Intermediate Unit (Adolescent Emotion/Behavioral, Issues in an academic environment) Media, PA
  • Devereux Treatment centers (Autism services) Westchester and Villanova, PA
  • Dine Eating Disorder Services (Outpatient eating disorder treatment) Devon, St. David’s, Newtown Square, PA
  • Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC) West Chester, PA
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Sports Ministry) USA
  • First Judicial District of PA (Adult criminal activity) Philadelphia, PA
  • Main Line Adult Center (R5) (Eldercare) Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Melmark Home (MR residential) Berwyn, PA
  • Norris Square Neighborhood Project (After school program for underprivileged kids) Philadelphia, PA
  • Pathway School, Student services (Child and adolescent RTC/School), West Norriton, PA
  • Providence Christian Preschool, Royersford, PA
  • Rehab after Work/ School (Adolescent-Adult Drug addiction) Paoli, PA
  • Renfrew Institution (Eating Disorders Center, Dance & Movement Therapy, Art Therapy) Waynesboro, PA
  • Resources for Human Development Philadelphia, PA
  • RHD People’s Choice Center (Outpatient, psychiatric rehabilitation center) Philadelphia, PA
  • Southeast Delco School District (Middle School Counselor) Folcroft, PA
  • Silver Springs/Martin Luther School (Child/Adolescent RTC) Plymouth Meeting, PA
  • Shipley School (Preschool-High School) Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Spectra Services (Autism spectrum clients) Havertown, PA
  • Tilden Middle School (School counseling) Philadelphia, PA
  • Victim Services center of Montgomery County Inc. (Victims of sexual assault and other crimes) Norristown, PA
  • Visiting Nurse Association (Eldercare) Philadelphia, PA
  • Wayne Center (Hospice) Wayne, PA
  • Wayne Presbyterian Church (Youth Intern) Wayne, PA
  • WOAR (Women Organized Against Rape) Philadelphia, PA
  • Woman’s Center of Montgomery County (Abuse victims support) Elkins Park, Norristown, Bryn Mawr, Pottstown, Colmar, Landsdale, PA
  • Womanspace (Family abuse services) Ardmore, PA
  • Woods Services (Special education support services) Langhorne, PA

Examples of Where Psychology Majors can Intern

Internships count as 1-6 credits towards a psychology degree. Possible internships include but are not limited to:

  • Residential treatment centers
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Preschool and daycare centers
  • After school tutoring and recreational programs
  • Individual behavioral modification programs
  • Crisis intervention agencies
  • Human resources
  • Social welfare and community counseling programs
  • Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation facilities