Internships and Careers


We have a well-established internship program, cooperatively administered by the Department of Psychology and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. You can receive from 3-15 credits in Psychology.
Each credit requires 45 hours of onsite work per semester

  • Only 3 credits can count toward the Psychology major as an elective; 
  • Other credits can count toward the upper division college requirement

You attend weekly classes while working at one of a variety of internship sites in the region. You might shadow and observe, gather information and provide statistical analyses, participate in groups and staff meetings, or be trained by onsite staff to deliver specific services. You receive a minimum of one hour per week on-site supervision from someone at the site who has direct knowledge of your internship goals and plans. See recent internship placements.

You must keep a journal of your activities, documenting what you learn each week and any issues that arise, and complete a project that could include a research paper or other assignment tailored to your work.

When possible, faculty advisors accommodate your preferences to observe and work with specific populations or in particular settings, for instance, with children, the elderly, domestic violence issues, or inpatient or outpatient treatment settings. You can also design your own internship, pending advisor approval, for example, during the summer in your hometown.

Graduate School Opportunities

A number of our students continue immediately to graduate training in psychology or to professional schools. Many have gone on to earn graduate degrees in psychology, computer science, industrial relations, social work, business, education, law, medicine, and nursing at schools such as:

Antioch University New England
Boston College
College of St. Rose
Florida Institute of Technology
Harvard University
Kansas State University
LaSalle University
Long Island University
Merrimack College
New School for Social Research
Northeastern University
Salem State
Simmons University

Smith College
Springfield College for Athletic Counseling
St. Michael's College
UMass Amherst
University at Albany
University of Kentucky
University of Memphis
University of North Texas
University of Vermont
Utah State
West Virginia University
Western New England College
Westfield State
William James College



Psychology majors are in demand in fields including: 

Applied Behavior Analysis
Business and Marketing Career and             
     Guidance Counseling
Community Service
Education/School Psychology

Health Care
Human Resources
Medicine/Medical Research
Mental Health Counseling
Social Work

Psychology In The News

Shannon Prouty

After she completes her Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and psychology, Shannon Prouty ’20 plans a career as a research neurosurgeon. Just as she is majoring in two programs on campus, she intends to earn joint Ph.D and MD degrees at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass.

Bri Sarno

Two- time MCLA Undergraduate Research Conference participant Bri Sarno ’19 is this year’s winner of the Pamela P. Dennis ’82 Scholarship. “I was unbelievably surprised to hear my name called for this scholarship,” said Sarno, who works two jobs to support herself as she attends college. “This is such an incredible honor.”

Rose Mastico

In addition to developing her skills as a researcher, “MCLA provided me with countless opportunities to grow as an individual and a student,” said Rose Mastico ’18. A six-time Undergraduate Research Conference presenter who also wrote a senior thesis, this fall she’s headed to graduate school where she will serve a cognitive neuroscience assistantship.

Rachel Quackenbush

At MCLA, Rachel Quackenbush ’16 studied psychology and played on the women’s softball team. As an alumna, she continues her involvement in both endeavors. “All my professors – both in psychology and in social work – were very supportive of me as a student athlete. They were always flexible with game schedules and make-up work.”