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Personal Statements of Excellence for Internships in Psychology

Make Critical Professional Contacts

"One of the benefits I took away from my internship was the personal references I can use when [future] employers ask for them," says 22-year-old Michael Charron, a recent communications graduate of Worcester State College who interned for theWorcester Telegram & Gazette newspaper during his senior year.

"That's important, because now I have an actual reference letter from a work-related person. I've also been able to do some networking and get prospective leads on other workplaces that might be hiring."

Your Confidence Will Improve

Michelle Jost is a 22-year-old senior at the University of Wisconsin, who will graduate with a degree in conservation. She's interned as an animal educator at the New England Aquarium in Boston, as an assistant for Natural Health magazine in Boston and as an attractions hostess at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.

"I'm in the process of finding a job right now, and my resume rocks! I'm not concerned about finding a great position in the field I want. I'm going as a Disney-trained, internationally published educational presenter who has the New England Aquarium as my main reference.”

Possibly Land a Full-Time Job

Forty-seven-year-old Wendy Stubbs is now a career development specialist at the University of South Dakota. She managed to achieve this thanks to the internship she completed at the USD Career Development Center last year as a graduate student.

And 24-year-old September McIntyre, who just finished her master's degree in public relations at the University of North Texas, has landed her new job as a public relations specialist for BSMG Worldwide in Dallas following a six-month internship with the company.

Research shows that 85 percent of companies use internships and similar programs to recruit for their full-time workforces.

So, ready to apply? Please let us know if you´d like some help with your personals statement of purpose. It´s our job to make you shine! Here´s to your success.

The Humanitarian Side of a Psychology Internship

Doing an internship can be such a rich experience. Perhaps you need to fulfill a requirement in your graduate or undergraduate program. Maybe you have graduated, you´re all qualified, certified and ready to go, but you´re new in the job market and need some experience in the field you´re keen to jump into.

Have no fear. There are so many humanitarian internships out there for you to choose from. Let´s have a look at a few organizations that can make it easy for you. And of course, don´t forget us when you need a personal statement!


UNICEF has an internship programs for students to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF´s work under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff. You need to have completed two years of full-time studies if you´re completing an undergraduate program. You should be able to speak English, French or Spanish proficiently and be fluent in the working language of the office you´d like to work at. The duration of an internship is between six weeks and six months. Apply to get on the waiting list via their website.

This organization links psychologists with organizations that can provide internships abroad in a lab, a counselling situation or a non-profit setting. They can match you up based on your skills and interests. Check out their website.


Looksharp is another organizations that has a long list of placements available to choose from. Check out the psychology internships here.


Keep an eye on the APA website for intern opportunities. Recently, they were taking applications for a United Nations internship for graduate students.

World Internships

Here´s another good one. Right now, there are opportunities in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.


So why do an internship? Let´s have a look at some of the benefits here.

“Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced. Even a proverb is not a proverb to you until your life has illustrated it.” John Keats is right—true knowledge is always born of empiricism. It is therefore not enough for psychology students to read books and memorize theories. Mastery of the practical applications of theoretical concepts is also vital! There is no better way for students to acquire such experience than through participation in internships – work-related positions that offer them the opportunity to gain professional insight into an occupational field of interest.

Hardly anyone would dispute the importance of practical experience in securing a desirable job in today’s world. Employers need to be convinced that graduates are capable of transferring their knowledge to the workplace and function effectively in it.

Unfortunately, these abilities can´t be learnt in a lecture theatre. Internships offer psychology students exposure to these types of environments and the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while they are at it.