Career coaching, resources, internships

Resources in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Your Psychological & Brain Sciences academic advisor can help you reflect and plan ahead, coordinating the coursework for your major with other components of your degree, such as minors or certificates. 

PSY-P 199 Career Planning is a required course for all psychology majors. Enroll your sophomore year. 

Psychology and Neuroscience majors are welcome to drop by the Academic Advising Office (PY229) and check out books about making the most of your psychology degree; career exploration and professional development; and psychology-related careers in counseling, social work, business, and law. 

  • What experiences count as internships?

    The official title of your position - volunteer, service-learner, practicum student, research assistant, employee, or intern - matters much less than what you accomplish in the position.

    How can you know if a volunteer position, course, job, or internship will be valuable? It should include some - or all - of the following: 

    1. You'll enhance your transferable skills (e.g., professional communication, teamwork, project management, etc.) or specialized knowledge while accomplishing goals that you can summarize on your resume.
    2. You learn about a career by networking with professionals.
    3. You get to observe professionals in action.
    4. You work with a professional while you perform some of the tasks that are part of the career. That person serves as your supervisor, to whom you can turn for feedback. You work closely enough with them so that they can describe, in detail, what you accomplished for their organization.
    5. You receive sufficient training that you're allowed to perform tasks that are part of the career independently and/or you independently complete a significant project on behalf of the organization.
  • How can I find good internships? Who can help?

    Many students who search internship databases quickly become frustrated.

    If you search for "internships for ___ majors" you'll get a list of opportunities that someone else - we don't know who - thinks might interest you. Oftentimes these lists won't fit your career interests. 

    To make matters worse for students searching for internships online, 80% of all internship & job opportunities are never posted online - they're part of the hidden job market. Many internship experiences don't even exist until a student meets with a professional and they realize that they could establish a mutually beneficial working relationship.

    To make your internship search as effective and efficient as possible, we encourage you to utilize Walter Center for Career Achievement resources - 

    • Sign up to receive Career Community alerts to receive information about career events, internships and job postings relevant to your interests. 
    • Create an account on Career Link and personalize it so that you receive information positions relevant to your interests the moment that they're posted. 

    The IU Career Guides are a terrific resource for exploring careers and internship opportunities in 24 career interest areas. 

  • How can you earn course credit for your internship?

    Once you've found an internship, you can apply to receive course credit (ASCS-X373). 

    Walter Center Career Coaches determine if the internship can be approved and will serve as your on campus internship supervisor. 

    Application Deadlines:

    • Spring semester: Feb. 1
    • Summer semester: June 1
    • Fall semester: Oct. 1

    Learn more about internship courses

Explore Careers in Mental Health Care

New! Video guidance. Excellent resources.  > PBS Careers in Mental Health Care 

  • Explore diverse career paths within the mental health care field
  • Evidence-based practices are safe & effective psychotherapies. Why is it essential that you obtain training in them? How can you obtain training? 
  • Undergraduate preparation: Classes, experiential learning opportunities, research assistantships, community involvement, more.
  • Choosing a graduate degree: Doctoral or masters? PhD or PsyD? Clinical or counseling or...? 
  • Selecting graduate schools: Keep calm and use our resources to search for programs!