An undergraduate internship will help develop your resume and make you more marketable for employment and entry to graduate level programs. Undergraduate internship responsibilities at Counseling And Psychological Services (CAPS) can involve coordinating outreach efforts, providing programming on mental health, well-being, and services offered at CAPS; or assisting in research. Undergraduate interns are assigned a supervisor to help the student specifically design their internship based on the student's professional interests. Past undergraduate interns have provided psycho-educational programming on dating violence, seasonal affective disorder, substance abuse, and eating disorders; have assisted in providing research on spirituality and men's issues; and have promoted CAPS offerings at campus events. CAPS will accept two undergraduate level interns each semester.
All applications for internship need to be submitted a semester in advance of planned internship. Preferences are given to applicants who submit a completed application on November 1st for the following spring semester internship and April 1st for the following fall semester internship.
The application process for the undergraduate internship is the following:
- A one page cover letter that denotes your interest in the undergraduate internship.
- A resume.
- Two professional or academic references with contact information.
- An interview with the Training Coordinator, Dr. David Davino
Intern, Fall 2010
"My experience as an undergraduate Intern with Longwood's Counseling Center was invaluable. Under the supervision of a skilled counselor and researcher, I examined the importance of spiritual wellness in higher education through conducting research and presenting implication on a panel with faculty and staff members. Before completing this internship, I had minimal research and public speaking experience. After partnering with the supportive staff members at the Counseling Center, I am now confident in my skills, as this experience prepared me for graduate school and other professional opportunities. Currently, I am pursuing a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Longwood University. As the Graduate Assistant in the Academic and Career Advising Center (now University Career Center), I advise students concerning academic and career exploration. My experience as Intern in the Counseling Center equipped me with the confidence to present for classes and workshops. As a Mental Health Support Specialist for Helton Inc., I provide mental health support for individuals with severe mental illness. Through my experience in the Counseling Center, I developed the skills to be empathic towards students of different backgrounds and attune to individual needs. I encourage fellow Lancers to complete numerous internships to gain valuable experience and to discover their passion!"