Internships can provide those contemplating certain professions with a sense of what it is like to work providing services to others. They are particularly useful for those thinking of graduate school in clinical/counseling psychology, school psychology, social work, guidance counseling, and other related fields. They are also valuable for students planning to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation and for students who plan to enroll in masters programs in industrial/organizational psychology, human resource management, consumer behavior and other related fields.
The Psychology Department does not currently offer formal internships for course credit within the Psychology program, so students are encouraged to be proactive in seeking out opportunities that meet their needs. Occasionally, other opportunities are emailed to our majors.
Lehigh’s Center for Career & Professional Development is one source of suggestions. They assist in providing externship (mini-internships that occur over winter break) and internship opportunities for students of all years. The Center also has their own job posting site (Handshake) as well as information about websites focusing on specific industries, geographic locations, etc. Call the main number (610-758-3710) or visit the Career Center website for more information.
Lehigh’s office of Community Services is another source. Visit their web page at: http://www.lehigh.edu/~inserve/ and look for “Volunteer Opportunities”.