Academic Internships

Childhood Studies, Criminal Justice, Gerontology, and Psychology Internships/Field Placements are designed for students nearing the end of their major or minor program of studies.

In national surveys of psychology alumni, field placements and internships are regularly cited as the most important course of their undergraduate careers. Your attention to the following detailed instructions will help to make this possible for you, too. Students who enroll in the course must be juniors or seniors.

The process of finding and completing a field placement or internship generally takes two semesters, so you should start early (by the middle of the prior semester) and carefully follow the instructions listed below for how to find a placement in your field of interest. In addition to the formal field placement / internship courses, which are listed in the schedule of courses, it is sometimes possible for students to complete an “independent study” with any SOBL professor who is willing to supervise you. Click here for Guidelines on How to Participate in an Internship via an Independent Study

When you meet with the Internship Coordinator, Elyse Matthews, you will review and apply to potential sites. While we have developed several excellent placement sites that we may recommend to you, your options are not limited to the site suggestions we provide.

If you want to arrange a placement at another site that fits your specific educational goals or geographical needs, obtain prior approval from the faculty sponsor of the course for which you would like to enroll, and then contact the site to determine whether they may be interested in becoming a new field placement site for Stockton University.

Affiliation Agreements are required for both internships and independent studies. An affiliation agreement is a document that clarifies the legal responsibilities of Stockton and the placement site while students are enrolled in field placements/internships. This document mustbe completed prior to beginning your field placement/internship, and it can sometimes take weeks or months to be negotiated. Elyse Matthews will obtain this agreement for you once you notify her that you've been accepted into an approved placement and you've provided her with the name, department, email and phone number of the person who will be supervising you at the site and the name and title of the person at the site authorized to sign the agreement, so make sure to provide this information ASAP.

It is essential that you stay in communication with Elyse Matthews until you have completed all of the associated paperwork and background checks for the site. She keeps track of your progress using a spreadsheet that can be viewed by your professor. Cc your professor and the internship coordinator on all emails to sites.

The first step is completing an application. This allows the internship coordinator to know you are ready to begin working together.

You will find the application for your course by clicking on the picture lableled with your program name located to the right of this message under "Internship information for specific programs."

Answer each and every question in the application.

The second step in the process is meeting with the Internship Coordinator. The purpose of this meeting is talk over possible placements and apply for placement at the sites you've selected. Meetings can be in person or through Zoom, but must be scheduled using the Calendly app: 

Schedule an Appointment

Prior to the meeting, identify sites that are of interest to you. An affiliated site is one that has a current legal affiliation agreement with Stockton. Since affiliation agreements expire every 3 years, your site may or not be affiliated with SOBL. Please check in with Elyse Matthews so that you know if you or Stockton will be making first contact with the site. 

To see potential sites, visit the Office of Service-Learning Community Partner Finder.

First impressions matter, and they begin the first time you make contact with an organization. Use a professional tone when communicating by email or phone.

Have your resume and cover letter prepared to send upon request. See Stockton’s resume writing document for assistance or visit the career center for help:  

If the internship coordinator asks you to contact a site, call the site and identify yourself as a Stockton student. Let the site know you are seeking an academic internship for the upcoming semester. Inquire as to whether the site has an internship program. Find out the supervisor’s name, department, email, and phone number. Provide this information to the SOBL Academic Internship Coordinator by emailing

If you do not reach someone at the site,  allow 72 hours for the site to respond before following up with a phone call or email.

Review the Career Center’s interview guidelines.


  • Dress for Success
  • Listen Carefully
  • Ask Questions - it is important to know what you will be doing during the internship so that you can make an informed decision
  • Thank the interviewer in person and then follow up with a thank you note.


In most cases, a POI is issued once you have been offered an internship placement. Timing for this is determined by your professor. Class registration is required in order to pursue an internship.

Once you have accepted an internship, email complete information about the placement. This includes the name and address of the placement, the name, department, email and phone number of your supervisor and the name and title of the agency representative authorized to sign the affiliation agreement. This information is critical for our legal agreement with the site.

It is essential that you stay in communication with Elyse Matthews throughout the process until you have completed all of the associated paperwork and background checks for the site.

Send a weekly email regarding your progress until your site has been confirmed and all paperwork has been completed. 

The internship coordinator is responsible for keeping track of your progress using a spreadsheet that can be viewed by your professor. Cc your professor and the internship coordinator on all emails.

Follow through with your agreement with the site by arriving on time on your scheduled days and communicating if you need to change your schedule. When you are on site or engaging in any communication with an organization, you are representing Stockton University. 

Internship information for specific programs: