College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Psychology

Psychology Department Internships

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis, Class of 2015, works with pediatric cancer survivors during her internship at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Nikki Butler Park Tudor

Nikki Butler, Class of 2007, works with a Park Tudor student during her school counselor internship.

Michaela Warnsley

Michaela Warnsley, Class of 2008, creates a constructive educational environment during her internship as a youth mentor at the Kaleidoscope Youth Center.

Regina Cantrell

Regina Cantrell, Class of 2009, studies heart rate variability biofeedback during her internship with Shinaver Counseling and Consulting in Carmel, Ind.

Internships completed through the Psychology Department are opportunities to integrate and develop both academic understanding and practical knowledge. This integration is accomplished by students working directly with populations in the community. Academic content and work performance are equally considered in determining the value of the experience and the grade assigned. The academic portion of the internship varies per faculty supervisor and by the number of credit hours, but generally includes a term paper, a brief reflection on the internship experience, a description of the student's typical work day, and products or reports generated during the internship.

Some examples of places students have recently interned are:

  • BehaviorCorp (multi-service behavioral health counseling service)
  • Children's Museum of Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis Zoo
  • Methodist Hospital Substance Abuse Services
  • Julian Center (domestic violence shelter)
  • Planned Parenthood of Indiana
  • Park Tudor Middle School
  • Riley Hospital for Children
  • Joy's House (day program for older adults with neurocognitive disabilities)
  • Methodist Sports Medicine Center
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Occasionally, students compete for internship experiences across the country.  Psychology student Elizabeth Davis (Class of 2015) was selected from hundreds of applicants to be a part of the 2014 Pediatric Oncology Education program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.  St. Jude specializes in research and treatment of the most severe childhood diseases - mainly cancer, but also HIV and sickle cell anemia.  Elizabeth writes of her experience:

My job this summer has been to conduct research in the Psychology Department at the hospital. Specifically I work with kids with craniopharyngioma, a type of brain tumor. Pediatric cancer survivors, especially brain tumor survivors, experience cognitive late effects that really make their lives hard. My research sought to look at craniopharyngioma patients after their diagnosis to see if they had any cognitive impairments, as well as the results of their sleep studies [from a sleep lab] to characterize their sleep hygiene and habits. Additionally, I got a chance to work with fMRI data and perform a ton of different analyses to look at the patterns of neural activation during tasks of attention. It's been awesome to combine three areas of psychology - neuropsychological testing, sleep psychology, and functional neuroimaging - as well as work with neurooncology, which is the specialty I want to go in as a physician. And students taking Advanced Stats (PS310) will be pleased to hear that SPSS and I are very familiar and comfortable with each other!

Psychology majors and minors can count up to 6 credit hours of internship (PS 391) toward filling a 300-level elective requirement. Please contact Dr. Joel Martin if you have any questions about internships.