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Fieldwork & Internships

The psychology internship program offers students practical experience in psychology in field settings. We offer a wide variety of placements working with children, adolescents and adults. Interns work closely with professional staff, such as school psychologists, school counselors, mental health counselors and social workers. Interns also participate in a weekly seminar which helps them forge links between the internships and their psychology courses.

Apply Your Knowledge

Our extensive internship program gives you the real-world experience that will help to further your career in psychology.

Students can use this opportunity both to gain worthwhile real-world experience and to explore different career options within the field of psychology. The internship experience facilitates informed career decisions and provides relevant experience for either graduate school or employment after graduation.

Internship Placements

Main Campus 

Please note:

  • The availability of these placements varies semester to semester based on student demand and program staff. 
  • Descriptions provided below may not reflect what an intern may do in a particular placement at any given time. Duties of interns may vary with changes to programs, staff cuts, etc. in the placements.
  • Information about current duties and roles can be verified during an interview with the site if you are approved by the psychology fieldwork coordinator to proceed to an interview with the site.

Placements Involving Children

Placements Involving Adults

Queensbury Campus Internship Placements

  • WAIT House Homeless Youth Shelter
  • Voices of the Heart — services for individuals with psychiatric problems
  • Catholic Charities — domestic violence project
  • Bus Stop Club for siblings of children with disabilities

Other Placements

Note that Clinton Correctional Facility will no longer accept undergraduate interns as they have sometimes done in previous years. Placements at other sites may be available, both within Plattsburgh and in your home community. Contact the fieldwork coordinator Katherine Dunham at [email protected] if you have further questions.

Information for Current Students (Main Campus)

The psychology fieldwork/internship program on the main campus is coordinated by Dr. Katherine Dunham. Students at the Queensbury campus should contact Dr. Bremser ([email protected]), Dr. Grabbe ([email protected]), or Dr. Sturman ([email protected]).


  • Minimum 2.5 GPA (cumulative and psychology major GPA)
  • Junior or senior standing
  • Permission of the internship coordinator, which is based on successful completion of the application, interviews, and faculty recommendations (main campus only)
Instructions to main campus psychology majors seeking an internship for Spring 2023 (for credit) from Dr. Dunham, fieldwork coordinator:

I will sponsor eligible students on internships in the spring on a pass/fail basis, without the usual academic component. Please send me the application materials (see links below) by email by the usual deadline (last day of the two-week advising period: November 4 this semester).  

For the faculty recommendation component of the application, you can download the faculty recommendation form (see below) and email it to two full-time psychology faculty (see application instructions below). Ask the faculty first by email if they would be willing to do the fieldwork recommendation form (specify that is what you are asking them to do, not a “letter”) for you before sending it to them. If they agree to do the form, ask them to email the completed form to me by, or shortly after, the application deadline listed above. 

There are some modifications to the information in the documents below; this includes the
pass/fail grading, no academic component but weekly meetings still occur, and the total site
hours required per credit is now 42-45 hours for the semester (no reduction for academic
component at present). All of the prerequisites and steps in the application process still apply.

I always have students who apply for internships register for back-up courses in case the
internship does not work out, and I will suggest that to students this time, too. You can work on various contingency plans with your advisor for Spring 2023 course selection and register for enough credits to keep you on track for graduation. If an internship becomes possible, you can adjust your spring course schedule then.

Please email me ([email protected]) with questions!


Students who wish to volunteer rather than register for an internship should contact the Center for Student Involvement and its Project Help staff to arrange that.

Application Materials

Please review all the materials posted here before you contact Dr. Dunham, as many of your questions are likely answered in here!

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