"When I look at the world I'm pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic."- Carl Roger
Internships are a great way to get first hand experience in the world of Psychology. The experiences you gain from internships can help you decide what you want to do after Siena, as well as enhance your resume builder you plan to enter the work force, go to graduate school, volunteer, etc. Overall, internships are invaluable learning experiences.
There are two main types of internships: Clinical and Research. Clinical internships focus on fields such as Child and Adult treatment, Domestic Violence, Neuropsychological, School Counseling and Alcohol / Drug treatment. Research internships also provide students with a host of population to work with. Siena’s Psychology program gives its students the freedom to choose the site and the field in which they want to intern. Possible sites include North Colonie School District, Equinox Domestic Violence Services, Child Protective Services, Behavioral Health Recovery Center and Hope House.
In order to apply for a Psychology internship, you must have a minimum of 15 credits in Psychology, have an overall GPA of 3.0, and a Psychology GPA of 3.0. It is VERY IMPORTANT to look at http://www.siena.edu/pages/1925.asp !!! Because there are numerous courses that must be taken BEFORE you can become an intern. These classes vary for Clinical and Research internships as well as the field in which you want to intern. For example, in order to do a Clinical internship you need to have completed Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality or Counseling Theories and Techniques, and Tests and Measurements. This does not include the courses you need to take for your specific chosen field!
After handing in the application (which can be found at the website listed above) and receiving approval, it is critical that you look and apply to internship sites. Interviewing for internships is similar interviewing for a job; you need to apply to several different locations, allow 2-3 weeks to hear back from prospective sites, and be persistent! Just because you were approved does not mean you are guaranteed a location!
In summary, it is important to start taking classes that you need for your desired internship early, so you need to start planning early! Be in contact with the internship director and be careful of deadlines! Student often find their internship experiences to be one of the most rewarding experiences at Siena
"The aim of psychoanalysis is to relieve people of their neurotic unhappiness so that they can be normally unhappy." –Sigmund Freud