Academic Internships

Welcome SOBL students! Visiting this site is the first step in finding an academic (for credit) internship/field placement. In national surveys of psychology alumni, field placements and internships are regularly cited as the most important course of their undergraduate careers.

You must register for a internship/fieldwork course (PSYC 3900, PSYC 3904, GERO 3900, POLS 3900, CRIM 3900 or CRIM 5990) to take part in an academic internship. If you are looking for a non-academic internship (not associated with a course/credits), you don't need the information on this page, but you're welcome to set up a meeting (preferably in February, July or September as academic internships take priority).  

Please read through this page in its entirety to become familiar with the academic internship process before completing the application and scheduling an appointment with the internship coordinator. Students must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students to begin this process.

Needing help deciding which PSYC professor to choose? Look in the "Internship information for specific programs" boxes below to learn more about each PSYC field placement, and then complete the application located in the course of interest.  

*Student do not register for internship courses until they've accepted a placement at an approved agency. Once you've begun the hiring paperwork for a site, you'll receive a Permission of Instructor (POI) to register. Cost of internship is per credit hour plus any required background check or drug testing required at the agency. Registering and attending all required meetings + completing all related assignments is required. *A space in the course will be saved for you in the course as long as the steps on this page are completed in a timely manner. 

Applications for Spring 2023 internships opened on October 3, 2022.

*Application Deadlines:

Due dates for CRIM students are October 5th for Spring, March 6th for Summer, and April 3rd for Fall
Recommended due dates for PSYC, POLS, GERO, and CHST are November 7th for Spring, April 3rd for Summer, May 1st for Fall.

*Please note that some sites have application deadlines. Consider completing the application as soon as it becomes available.

*Exceptions in Stockton's recommended dates can be made for students who obtain an approved internship with an affiliated agency and complete all pre-service training and HR paperwork before the semester begins. 

Internship information for specific programs:

Internships are field work experiences that allow students to learn more about specific careers. The time spent in the internship is equivalent to the time spent reading and studying for other courses. Students must make sure they have time in their schedule each week to devote to the internship (8-15 hours/week).

The process of obtaining an internship mimics the process in finding a job. The student will have to apply for the positions. Throughout the process, the student may receive resume writing feedback and advice on interviewing as well as  connections with potential sites. It is the student's responsibility to make time to apply and interview at sites the semester prior to interning. 

You will find the application for specific courses by clicking on the picture labeled with your program name located above under "Internship information for specific programs."

Once you've completed the application, make the next available appointment with the internship coordinator. 

The purpose of the meeting is to get to know your interests, answer your questions, to help you learn about sites, and to review the process you'll need to follow to apply at each specific site. 

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. Prior to contacting any site, discuss the process of contacting sites with the internship coordinator and get approval to apply if necessary. 

Schedule your appointment early as internships fill quickly.Meetings can be in person or through Zoom, but must be scheduled using the Calendly app: 

Schedule an Appointment

Come to the meeting prepared to discuss your availability (times when you are not taking classes or working at another job) for the upcoming semester. 

Please note that ONE missed meetings with the internship coordinator or ONE missed meeting/interview with an agency may result in disqualification from  internship. Mark the date and time of your meeting in your calendar and arrive on time as meetings take the full 30 minutes. Use Calendly if you need to reschedule. 

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. Please note that sites have different methods of approved contact. If the internship coordinator provides you with the email of the site contact, you can use this script:

“Hi, my name is __________. I am a ___________ major/minor at Stockton University with a concentration in __________________. I am currently in my ______ year, and I am taking an fieldwork course which requires me to complete (#) hours of service between (semester dates), which works out to approximately (#) hours each week. My goal is to become a  _______________. I am interested in (name of agency) because __________________. Are you accepting academic interns for the (fall/spring/summer) semester?”

Please do not contact sites until after you have met with the internship coordinator. 

It is recommended that you clean up your social media presence before applying to any sites. Some sites require interns to accept a friend request so that they can use your online presence as a character reference. 

Have your resume and cover letter prepared to send upon request. See Stockton’s resume writing document below for assistance. You can find resume writing templates by scrolling to the bottom of the career center's webpage.

If you do not hear from someone at the site two weeks after you've initiated contact, follow up with a phone call.

Once you are in contact with the site, it is best to use email so that you have a record of the conversations. 

You are responsible for sending updates to the internship coordinator every time you communicate with a site, schedule an interview, complete an interview, are offered a placement or are working on human resources (HR) paperwork. You can do that by emailing elyse.matthews@stockton.edu.

If you are told the site is no longer accepting interns, please email Elyse Matthews so the other students are not referred to the site.

Stay in contact with Elyse Matthews throughout the process until you have completed all of the associated paperwork and background checks for the site. 

Review the Career Center’s interview guidelines.

  • Prepare by reading the agency's website to learn their mission and about their programming
  • 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.

Before accepting an internship, make sure that your internship hours do not conflict with your school schedule or work hours. Some internship classes have meeting times. You can find the day/time listed in online registration portal) when you register. 

Once you have accepted an internship, it is essential that we create an internship agreement. Email elyse.matthews@stockton.edu with the following information ASAP:

1. The legal name and address of the site                                                                                                                                                             2. The name, department, email and phone number of your site supervisor                                                                                                  3. The name and title of the agency representative authorized to sign the agreement

No part of this information can be missing or incorrect. Students may not intern or complete an independent study at a site unless a current internship agreement is in place. The internship agreement process can take 2 weeks - 6 months depending on the agency. 

Human Resources (HR) paperwork - Many agencies require background checks, certification of health status/vaccination, TB Test, drug screening, etc. YOU MUST ask the site and follow their directions carefully. Complete this process as far in advance as possible so you aren’t delayed in starting your placement. In order to qualify for an internship, you must complete all background checks, pre-service training, and HR paperwork BEFORE the start of the semester you plan to intern. 

Course registration is required in order to compete an academic internship. The internship coordinator, Elyse Matthews, will request Permission of Instructor (POI) for your class as soon as you email her to report progress in completing the human resources (HR) paperwork for the site. POIs are given electronically. Please register the day after requesting a POI from Elyse Matthews.

Note that some of the courses require in-person meetings. If your class is meeting in person or synchronously online, you will find the class meeting schedule in the syllabus. Most classes that meet in person meet every other week or once/month. 

You must:

1. Clearly communicate your availability to intern (these are the hours when you are NOT in school, at work or involved in a sport or activity). Make sure to account for commute time when sharing your availability.

2. Notify the site supervisor immediately if you availability changes due to drop/add, work or some other reason. Please be aware the site is under no obligation to amend your hours due to scheduling conflicts.

3. Cc Elyse Matthews on your correspondence with the site so that she can keep your internship file updated.

When you are on site or engaging in any communication with an organization, you are representing Stockton University. Professionalism is required. 

If at any time you do not complete your internship hours for 2 weeks or more or if you are experiencing any problems at your site or with your schedule, please notify Elyse Matthews.