Internships

The psychology internship program offers students practical experience in psychology in field settings. We offer a wide variety of placements working with children, adolescents, and adults. Students can use this opportunity both to gain worthwhile real-world experience and to explore different career options within the field of psychology. The internship experience facilitates informed career decisions, and provides relevant experience for either graduate school or employment after graduation.

Placements — Main Campus

The placements that are available for undergraduate psychology majors are numerous and quite diverse. Some examples of our many placements include:

  • Clinton County Department of Social Services
  • Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital mental health inpatient units
  • Local elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Nexus social competence program for children with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism
  • Clinton Correctional Facility
  • Clinton County Probation Department
  • Advocacy and Resource Center for developmentally disabled adults
  • Meadowbrook Nursing Home
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center
  • Parent Aide Program
  • Stop Domestic Violence
  • Champlain Valley Family Center for substance abusers
  • Violence Intervention Project

Placements — Queensbury Campus

  • WAIT House Homeless Youth Shelter
  • Voices of the Heart — services for individuals with psychiatric problems
  • Catholic Charities — domestic violence project
  • Bus Stop Club for siblings of children with disabilities

Eligibility

Students must apply for the internship and meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA (cumulative and psychology major GPA)

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  • Junior or senior standing.
  • Permission of the internship coordinator, which is based on successful completion of the application, interviews, and faculty recommendations (main campus only).

Information for Current Students (Main Campus)

The Psychology Fieldwork/Internship program on the main campus is coordinated by Dr. Katherine Dunham. Students at the Queensbury campus should contact either Dr. Grabbe or Dr. Sturman.

To take an internship for credit in psychology on the main campus, students must apply by the end of the advisement period in the semester before they wish to do the internship. The application materials and instructions are provided in the files posted below. If students wish to volunteer, they should contact the Center for Student Involvement and its Project Help staff to arrange that, not the psychology fieldwork coordinator.

Please review all the materials posted here before you contact Dr. Dunham with questions as many of your questions are likely answered in these materials!

Application Materials and Syllabus for Psychology Fieldwork

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the psychology program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Department co-chairs
Dr. Katherine Dunham (katherine.dunham@plattsburgh.edu)
Dr. Michael Morales (michael.morales@plattsburgh.edu)

Department secretaries
Ms. Pam LeClair (leclaipl@plattsburgh.edu)
Ms. Donna Vanderhoff (vanderdm@plattsburgh.edu)

Phone: (518) 564-3076
Toll-free Phone: (800) 441-7215
Fax: (518) 564-3397