Psychology Department Internships
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, Class of 2007, works with a Park
Tudor student during her school counselor internship.
Michaela Warnsley, Class of 2008, creates a
constructive educational environment during her internship as a
youth mentor at the Kaleidoscope Youth Center.
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
- 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
- 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.