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Psychology Internships

An internship is a significant opportunity offered in the undergraduate psychology program at Salem State. The internship experience and the supervision provided by both a faculty member and an internship site supervisor allows students to gain knowledge about a specific area of interest in psychology, narrow career choices, clarify career goals, and learn more about where they might (or might not) want to work. After completing an internship many of our students have the added benefit of being recruited for paid, non-internship positions in their internship settings.


  • Internship Courses

    Internship Preparation (PSY 519)

    This course will guide students through the process of identifying internship sites of interest, preparing internship applications and acceptance documents, securing an appropriate internship placement and fostering the development of the knowledge, skills and abilities pertinent to successful internship placement.

    Internship in Psychology (PSY 520)

    This internship gives the student an opportunity to apply psychology in community, institutional, and business settings. Through this field experience the student explores career options, gains practical experience and skills, and makes contacts with potential employers. The specific type of internship setting will be determined by the student’s interests and by the availability of placements. Open to Psychology majors with at least a 3.0 GPA in Psychology who have completed 24 credits in Psychology. This course may be repeated for additional credits.

    Applied Behavior Analysis Internship (PSY 521)

    This internship provides an opportunity to apply behavior analysis in community, institutional or business field settings. The student explores career options, gains practical experience and skills, and produces written products that synthesize experiences with readings in the area. The specific setting is determined by the student’s interests and by the availability of placements.


  • How to Apply

    1. Identify and investigate sites of interest.
    2. Print forms I - V.
    3. Submit Form I to faculty sponsor.
    4. Site supervisor complete Form II and Form III.
    5. Meet with faculty sponsor and complete Form IV and Form V.
    6. Submit Form V to psychology department chairperson for signature.
    7. Submit signed Form V to registrar to officially register for PSY 520/521.
  • Internship Sites (approved)

    Site Faculty Clients
    All Care Hospice, (Lynn) Janet Todaro In-home health care services
    Boxford Public Schools-Harry Lee Cole School Janet Todaro Elementary School Children
    Case Collaborative -Alcott Elementary (91 Laurel Street) Darlene Crone-Todd Developmental Disabilities
    Concord Public Schools-Thoreau Elementary School Janet Todaro Elemenarty Children/Social Worker
    Council on Aging - Adult Day Care Janet Todaro Elderly
    Danvers Adolescent Program - Lahey Health Janet Todaro Mental Health Services
    Dana Farber Cancer Institute Janet Todaro Pediatric Cancer Patients
    Danvers Senior Center Martin Krugman Elderly and Staff 
    Department Children and Family Anne Noonan Child Protection Services, Children and Families
    Dolbeare Elementary School Janet Todaro Elementary School Children
    Dr. Albert Argenziano School Joanna Gonsalves Counselor Office at Elementary School
    Edinburg Center Janet Todaro Adults with Psychiatric Illness
    Eliot Community Human Services Andrea Zeren Adults with Psychiatric Illness
    Elizabeth Stone House Andrea Zeren Domestic Violence
    Fidelity House Janet Todaro Mentally Disabled Children
    First Steps Child HawC Janet Todaro Pre-School Special Needs-Reg (?) Students
    Futures Behavior Therapy Center Darlene Crone-Todd Autistic/Intellectual Delays in Children
    Girls, Inc. of Lynn Janet Todaro At Risk Youth
    Greenwood Elementary School Janet Todaro Elementary Children/School Psychologist/Social Worker
    Lifebridge Kristen D'Anci Homeless
    Lynn English High School Janet Todaro  Guidance
    Lynn Public Schools - Marshall Middle School Janet Todaro Middle School Students
    Madison Park High School Anne Noonan High Risk Students
    Marblehead Public Schools Anne Noonan Teens
    Marblehead Public Schools - Village School Janet Todaro Middle School Students
    Mass Rehabilitation Commission Janet Todaro Disability Clients, 21-Elderly
    Medical Psychology Center Janet Todaro Outpatient Adults
    Melmark New England Darlene Crone-Todd Autistic Children
    New American Center Janet Todaro Refugees/Adults & Families (Resource Coordinator)
    Northeast Behavioral Health Anne Noonan Residential Program, Aids/HIV & Disabilities
    Northeast ARC Janet Todaro Children and Adults with Disabilities
    North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering Janet Todaro Treatment for patients with hording disorder
    North Shore Community College Janet Todaro Site supervisor: Debbie Campbell
    Winthrop Public Schools Darlene Crone-Todd Elementary School Level
    Winter Hill Community School Janet Todaro Elementary Students
    Woodville School Janet Todaro  
  • Internship Sites (to be approved)

    Site Clients
    Alternative House Domestic Violence
    Amesbury Academy Charter Public School At Risk Youth
    Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Rape & Sexual Crimes
    Family Continuity (Peabody, MA) Multiple Programs and Populations
    Family Continuity (Lawrence, MA) Multiple Programs and Populations
    Family Continuity CASSP Multiple Programs and Populations
    Glen Ridge Nursing Care The Elderly
    Greater Lynn Senior Services The Elderly
    Haverhill Public Schools At Risk Youth
    Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC) Domestic Violence
    HAWC (Lynn) Abused Women & Children
    HCPro, Inc. (Industrial Psychology Internship) Industrial Organization
    HES - Pioneer House (Peabody, MA) Adults with Psychiatric Illness
    HES - Serenity Supportive Housing Adults with Psychiatric Illness
    HES - Serenity Supportive Housing HIV Patients
    Lynn Public Schools (Lynn) Students
    Madison Park High School, Guidance (Roxbury) High School Students
    New England Center for Children, The Autistic Children
    North American Family Institute Mentally Disabled Children
    North American Family Institute Multiple Programs and Populations
    North Shore Rape Crisis Center Help for Sexual Assault Victims
    NSMC Hunt Center - Pediatric/Adolescent Psychiatric Unit Children & adolescents In-patient
    Peabody Veterans Memorial High School-School Adjustment Industrial Organization
    Project Cope, Inc. Multiple Programs and Populations
    Wood End Elementary School, Reading School System Elementary Students
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I find an appropriate internship setting?

    You are responsible for finding an internship placement. The psychology faculty will assist you. You may choose to enroll in the internship preparation course (PSY519) to help with the process. See our list of potential internship placement sites.

    How do I find a faculty sponsor?

    All full-time psychology faculty members can serve as a faculty sponsor. Speak with your academic advisor for help in identifying a faculty sponsor.

    When do I need to begin the process?

    You should begin the process of applying for an internship the semester prior to beginning the internship.

    What time commitments are expected of me during my internship?

    Undergraduate interns are expected to complete 120 hours in the internship, meet 30 minutes each week with their site supervisor and meet regularly with their faculty sponsor.

    How do I register for Internship in Psychology (PSY520)?
    After all forms are completed and approved by your faculty sponsor, forms are submitted to the department chair for approval. Form V is then submitted to the registrar by the student.

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