Academic Internships

Welcome Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Political Science majors and Childhood Studies and Gerontology minors. Visiting this site is the first step in finding an internship/field placement. These placements are for junior and seniors planning to enroll in a field placement course in the upcoming semester.  

Please read the details in the steps listed below to become familiar with the internship process before completing the application. Then schedule a meeting with the internship coordinator to get started.

Psychology students may choose to work with Professor Lyke, Tang, or Burdick based on their area of specialty. Look in the "Internship information for specific programs" boxes below, and choose the correct placement and application. When you sign up for a meeting (Step 2), you'll need to know which professor you chose. 

Once an internship placement has been offered and accepted, students must enroll in the associated internship/field placement course (class cost is per credit hour), attend all required meetings, and complete all related assignments in order to get academic credit for the internship. Permission of Instructor (POI) is required to register for the course. A space will be saved for you in the course as long as the steps on this page are completed in a timely manner. 

*Application Deadlines:

**Due dates for CRIM students are March 1st for Summer, April 1st for Fall, and October 1st for Spring. 
**Due dates for PSYC, POLS, GERO, and CHST are April 1st for Summer, May 1st for Fall, and November 1st for Spring. 

*Please note that some sites will have completed hiring interns by the application deadline. Consider completing the application as soon as it becomes available. Exceptions in the deadline may 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. 

**Make an internship meeting by clicking on the link in Step 2 as soon as you complete the application.

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.

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.

The process of obtaining an internship mimics the process in finding a job. The student will have to commit time to this process. Throughout the process, the student will receive resume writing feedback, connections with potential sites, and advice on interviewing. It is the students responsibility to make time to complete this process 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."

Answer each and every question in the application including identifying sites that are of interest to you (possibilities are listed in "About the Internship Process"). Make sure to look carefully at the site location and population served to make sure the placement is within driving distance for you and that it aligns with your interests. 

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.

The purpose of the meeting is to get to know your interests, answer your questions, and to help you learn about sites. A second meeting will be scheduled within 2 weeks to apply for placement. It is essential that you attend both meetings. 

Schedule your appointment by the deadline indicated at the top of this page.Meetings can be in person or through Zoom, but must be scheduled using the Calendly app: 

Schedule an Appointment

Please note that three missed meetings result in disqualification from the 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 120 hours of service between (provide semester dates), which works out to approximately 10-12 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?”

It is recommended that you clean up your social media presence before applying. 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 from the site 2 weeks after you've initiated contact, follow up with a phone call or email. 

You are responsible for sending the internship coordinator regular progress updates.You can do that by emailing elyse.matthews@stockton.edu. Stay in communication with Elyse Matthews throughout the process until you have completed all of the associated paperwork and background checks for the site. Elyse keeps track of your progress using a spreadsheet that is shared with your professor. 

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.

Once you have accepted an internship, email elyse.matthews@stockton.edu 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. 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 so start early. 

Many agencies require background checks, certification of health status/vaccination, TB Test, etc. YOU MUST ask the site and follow their directions carefully. Do these 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. 

A POI is issued after you have completed the requirements outlined on this page. The POI will allow you to register for your course. Please note that course registration is required in order to compete an internship.

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. Professionalism is required. 

If at any time you do not complete your internship hours for 2 weeks or more or if you need help or assistance, notify Elyse Matthews by email.