Psychology: Internships / Careers

Internships

Why Should I Take An Internship?

  • Get practical experience in a potential area of employment
  • Gain a competitive advantage for graduate school
  • Make local connections/Meet prospective employers
  • Learn from successful professionals
  • Apply what you’ve studied in the classroom in real working environments
  • Earn college credit while preparing for your career
  • Learn what you want (and maybe what you don’t) before actually taking a job

What are the Internship Opportunities

Internship placements are available across Long Island, but there are many opportunities for students to create new relationships/placements (for example, some students have received credit at organizations where they were already working). A diverse set of agencies currently participate in the Department internship program and represent both types of Departmental internship opportunity (Mental health/ Applied psychology).

Recent Dowling Internships

  • Developmental Disabilities Institute
  • Crisis Hotline of Long Island
  • School Psychology shadow of private practitioner

Careers

Undergraduate Psychology majors can pursue a number of employment opportunities after graduation, although many specialized professions in the field require graduate study.  A Psychology degree prepares you for a variety of careers in both the public and the private sector, especially in areas where knowledge of human behavior and motivation is important.  With a degree in Psychology, you can apply for entry-level jobs for college graduates in advertising, marketing or human services.  Careers in human services include case management, career counseling, or probation officiating.

If desired, psychology majors can pursue graduate study to earn licensure as family, marriage or individual counselors. Doctoral degrees (Ph.D or Psy.D) degrees can lead to careers in private practice, or teaching (or both).  There are too many possibilities to list exhaustively.  Suffice it to say that an undergraduate bachelors degree in psychology can form an excellent base of understanding of human behavior that would be coveted by almost every field.

The following is a small sampling of the areas of employment open to graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology:

Management: High and mid-level managers often have bachelors in psychology applying psychological principles to motivate their workers and resolve conflict between them when conflict arises.  Personel trainers often have a strong background in psychology.

Sales: Understanding and being able to ‘read’ and motivate people is an essential skill separating a good salesperson and a great one.  Persuasion is a well-studied area in social psychology and sales people who know how to successfully direct customers stand above those who cannot.

Social work:  Social work bridges applied psychology and sociology to help people negotiate social services, including health care, housing and vocational training. Many social workers formed their basic understanding of human behavior as psychology majors.

Law:  A very large percentage of psychology majors actually go to law school and end their vocational journey practicing law.

Teaching:  Master’s degrees can open the door to teaching psychology at the undergraduate level.  Doctoral degrees are recommended if one wants to teach full-time.

Clinical and counseling:  Clinical and counseling psychologists can work in schools, hospitals, private organizations or in private practice.  Masters or doctoral degrees are usually necessary for licensure.