Internships Equip Psychology Students for the Future

Internships present an opportunity for psychology students to acquire practical training and experience in their field. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

Internships present an opportunity for psychology students to acquire practical training and experience in their field. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Katherine Meakem, Public Relations Writer

November 26, 2013

Internships provide Cedarville University psychology students with meaningful opportunities to gain valuable experience for their future careers. Last summer, two psychology students had unique internships that directly correlated to their field of study.  

Daniel Nelson, a senior psychology major from Granger, Ind., interned with Marriage Works! Ohio (MWO). Nelson performed an assortment of clerical duties including organizing and imputing data into databases, checking public records and studying resources on domestic violence. 

MWO, a collaboration of organizations dedicated to educating couples and fostering healthy relationships, offers a variety of eight-week classes for couples at every relationship stage. Nelson worked with the domestic violence division of MWO, which was responsible for ensuring the overall safety and well-being of the registrants of MWO’s classes. He also helped screen the registrants and facilitate a presentation and survey about domestic violence during the first week of the classes.

According to Nelson, the knowledge acquired during the internship was irreplaceable and helped him gain critical awareness into the world of domestic violence. “The psychological ramifications of being abused as well as the psychology behind the abuser are incredibly intricate, intangible and misunderstood,” he said.

Kayla Marks, a junior psychology major from Fleming, Ohio, interned with Westbrook Health Services in Parkersburg, W. Va. Westbrook provides counseling and psychological services to their clients, many of whom have metal and behavioral health issues. Marks spent the majority of her internship working with Westbrook’s children and family services department. 

Assisting with the general logistics of the children and family department, Marks submitted service activity logs, spoke with clients on the phone, organized a variety of documents and helped with paperwork. She also had the opportunity to sit in on several intake sessions with new clients. 

Reflecting on her experience as an intern, Marks shared that her internship provided valuable insight into the field of counseling. It also gave her the opportunity for hands-on learning in her chosen career path. “I built on my skills as a professional and learned appropriate ways to deal with a variety of people and situations,” she said.

Both Marks and Nelson shared that their internships solidified their career choice and furthered their professional development. Psychology internships provide an invaluable opportunity for students in this field to gain hands-on experience and preparation for their future careers. 

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Inspiring greatness for over 125 years, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.