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 Psychology majors to complete an internship as an “independent study” with any Psychology professor who is willing to supervise you. Click here for Guidelines on How to Participate in an Internship via an Independent Study

A Note about Establishing New Placement 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.

When contacting sites, identify yourself as a Stockton student, explain that field placements in psychology / gerontology / childhood studies involve 120-140 hours of work over the course of a semester, and ask whether they might be interested in taking on Stockton interns.If so, ask for the supervisor’s name, title, email, and phone number and provide that information to Elyse Smith to begin the process of creating an Affiliation Agreement.

The 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 must be completed prior to beginning your field placement/internship, and it can sometimes take weeks or months to be negotiated, so make sure to get this process underway early.

It is essential that you stay in communication with the internship coordinator throughout the process until you have been placed in an internship and completed all of the associated paperwork and background checks for the site. The internship coordinator 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.

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


Answer each and every question in the application.

Meetings can be in person or through Zoom, but must be scheduled using the Calendly app: 

Schedule an Appointment

During this meeting you will identify sites that are of interest to you. A number of potential sites are affiliated with Stockton. An affiliated site is one that has a current legal affiliation agreement with Stockton. If you choose a site that isn’t affiliated, you will need to make the first contact with the site. The internship coordinator will go over Stockton procedures for this with you.

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:  

It is important to know whether Stockton has an affiliation agreement with a site. This is a legal agreement which must be in place in order for you to complete the internship. The internship coordinator may have to begin an affiliation agreement or renew one if an agreement is not in place. This process can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months. 

For new affiliation agreements - 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, title, email, and phone number. Provide this information to the SOBL Academic Internship Coordinator by emailing elyse.smith@stockton.edu.

Use this Google form.

For existing agreements - The internship coordinator will let you know whether the site wants direct contact with the student or if Stockton will make the first contact. Once contact has been made, allow 72 hours for the site to respond before following up with a phone call or email.

Review the Career Center’s interview guidelines.

Remember:

  • 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.

 

You must obtain a POI so that you can register for the class. Timing for this is determined by your professor. Class registration is required in order to pursue an internship.

Use this Google form  to enter complete information about the placement. This information is critical to our legal agreement with the site.

It is essential that you stay in communication with the internship coordinator throughout the process until you have been placed in an internship and completed all of the associated paperwork and background checks for the site. The internship coordinator 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.

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: