Psychology Department

Internship Opportunities

The psychology internship program provides students with the opportunity to apply psychology to our local community, while earning course credits. A wide variety of internship opportunities are available including: providing advocacy to survivors of sexual assault, counseling middle school students, running alternative groups sessions for those with diverse mental health needs, working with the homeless, and engaging in advocacy work to reduce stigmas surrounding mental health, homophobia, racism, sexism, or violence on campus, as well as within our community.

To see a breakdown of course credits and hours see the chart below:

Number of Units per hours spent in Internship
Credit UnitsTotal Hours
145
290
3135
4180
5225
6270

Steps to Securing an Internship and Course Credit

  1. Research: To see a full list and description of potential internship sites, please look at this spreadsheet (Google Sheet)

    The internship course requires that you attend bi-monthly 50-minute class meetings and complete the accompanying course readings. Make sure the class and course requirements fit with your anticipated semester schedule.

  2. Reach Out: Personally contact the organization with which you would like to volunteer, and set-up a meeting to learn about the organization, internship responsibilities, and scheduling demands. Make sure the tasks, hours, and requirements are feasible.

  3. Contract: Fill out the internship contract (PDF) with your site supervisor.

    Children & Vulnerable Populations: If, as an intern, you will be offering direct services to “vulnerable populations” (i.e. children under 18, senior citizens over 65, persons with comprised immune systems, etc.) you will be required to turn in additional documents. You are responsible for acquiring these documents. Your agency will inform you if the following documents are required:

    Certification of Negative TB Test Result (Available at the Student Health Center). 

    Arrest & Conviction History form (Live Scan Finger Printing, University Police).

  4. Turn in Contract: During Summer 2019, turn in the internship contract to the psychology department office (Room 215 Modoc Hall). Be sure to provide your Student ID number, email address (that you check regularly), and number of desired credits. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: How do I find an internship?
    A: Refer to the google excel sheet (visit the link provided above) for a list of internship types, requirements, and website links.

  • Q: How do I start the internship application process?
    A: Refer to the google excel sheet (visit the link provided above), follow-up with contact number, or email address associated with your internship of interest. Introduce yourself, explain your interest in the organization (refer to personal experience, or future aspirations), and ask to set-up a meeting. Bring your resume to that meeting.

    For tips on resume writing, Career Center.

  • Q: Does my internship have to be in Butte County?
    A: It depends. You may have an internship outside of Chico, as long as Chico State has a contract with the organization. During Summer 2019, please verify this by emailing Dr. Linda Kline (lkline@csuchico.edu) prior to agreeing to intern outside of Butte County.

  • Q: Can I have an internship not listed on the spreadsheet?
    A: Maybe. Please check the google excel sheet first to see if any of the organizations listed interest you. If none of those organizations are of interest, please contact Dr. Linda Kline (Summer 2019).

  • Q: What if I can’t make the in-class meetings? Can I still do an internship?
    A: No. You are required to attend the in-class meetings. Chico State values providing high quality partnerships and service to our local community. In-class meetings allow for in-person faculty supervision, exploration of critical texts and dialogue, and group problem solving.

  • Q: What if I don’t finish my internship hours?
    A: If you don’t complete your internship hours you will receive an incomplete for the course. This can affect financial aid, as well as Chico State’s ability to provide quality service to our community.

*After reading this website, if you have any additional questions or need further support over Summer 2019, please contact Dr. Linda Kline, (lkline@csuchico.edu; (530) 898-6263); Modoc 215.

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