Community Internships


An internship encourages you to apply what you have learned in the classroom in a professional setting related to your major; it should be among the most important experiences of your college career. If you would like to explore internship options, contact the coordinator of internships in psychology, Dr. Brown. An application form needs to be submitted the semester prior to the semester in which you wish to do an internship. Information on possible internship placements and student interns' evaluations of their internship experiences are available in the Psychology Main Office, Bailey 130. Additional information on internship opportunities is available from the Career Design Center and the college’s Associate Director for Internships in Erwin 116.

Program Description

The Internship Program provides upper-division students at SUNY Geneseo with an opportunity to gain meaningful field experience with public and private companies and agencies. Qualified students supplement classroom learning with first-hand experience in professional settings which are appropriate for their academic background and career objectives. We expect that the students will gain from the experience and that the intern will be of assistance to the sponsoring agency.

The required, academic component of the course includes a weekly, one-hour seminar involving presentations and discussions of relevant ethical and organizational issues. A scholarly, critical review of the theoretical and empirical literature and application to the internship experience is required.

Please note: The required seminar for community interns in Spring 2021 takes place on Wednesdays, synchronous online 5:45-6:30 PM. Community interns cannot sign up for classes that may conflict with this time slot.

Admission Requirements and Procedures

  1. The following minimum requirements establish eligibility for admission to the Internship Program:
  2. Normally junior or senior class standing (may include selected sophomores)
  3. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a 3.0 in major
  4. A minimum of 9 credits of psychology at Geneseo.
  5. Contact Dr. Brown, the current internship coordinator, for more information.

Registration and Credit

  • Students cannot register for the Internship Program by themselves. 
  • The intern will be enrolled under a department course of PSYC 395 and will earn a total of 3-12 credits according to the contract negotiated and the contract hour chart listed below.
Number of Credits Min. Hrs of Work Required
3 115
4 150
6 225
9 338
12 450
15 563
(1 credit = minimum of 37.5 hours of fieldwork)
  • Failure to complete all requirements for the internship will lead to an incomplete or unsatisfactory grade from the faculty director.
  • Internship credits will be counted as part of the maximum semester hours allowed within a department.
  • The maximum number of internship credits that can be applied toward requirements in the major is six credits or less, as determined by the major department. The maximum number of internship credits allowed in a minor is three credits, unless the internship is a specified requirement in the minor.
  • The maximum number of internship credits allowed for the degree is 15.
  • We encourage students to register for no more than 16 hours, including the internship during a semester in which they are doing an internship.