This fall, 13 students from the University of Edinburgh performed 5,850 hours of community service during their fall internships. Each student completed this internship as part of a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Students in the Psychology Department participate in a 12-week internship at various sites in the Erie County and Pennsylvania area. Undergraduate psychology internships are typically undertaken by students after their first year. Internships provide students with the opportunity to gain professional work experience in a variety of contexts in the field of psychology.
The following students completed internships in the fall of 2021.
Lakeview School District
Supervisor: Alyse Mundt, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, School Psychologist at Lakeview School District
Projects: I plan to get my bachelor’s degree in psychology in the spring of 2022 and then continue with the graduate program in school psychology in Edinboro.
“All the hard work is worth it when you make a difference in a child’s life. “
Safe Harbor UPMC Western Behavioral Health
Supervisor: Stacey Buettner, LCSW, Program Director
Projects: Enter the field of work as a crisis technician with the crisis services.
“Evaluate people for mental health resource recommendations. No matter where you are, over the phone or in person, Crisis Services will be there to help.
UPMC crisis services
Supervisor: Supervisor: Stacey Buettner, LCSW, Program Director
Projects: Work in crisis services, obtain specialist peer certification
“You can learn by reading books and listening to lectures, but nothing compares to hands-on experience and being able to relate the knowledge of classroom teaching to the experience in the field. ”
Glenbeigh Outpatient Center in Erie
Supervisor: Jay Burrows, LCSW, LADL, LLA, Program Director
Projects: Stay in Glenbeigh, find a job after my internships. Enter the masters program at Edinboro for mental health counseling. Currently working towards LADL, possibly an LPL.
“Make time to take care of yourself. It is an investment in itself. How long are you worth?
Crawford County Executive Board on Drugs and Alcohol
Supervisor: Lora Shroc, Master of Arts in Counseling, Certified Advanced Addiction and Substance Abuse Counselor
Plans: Return to the University of Edinboro for my final semester in Spring 2022 and graduate. Then move on to employment and / or graduate school for counseling.
“The journey to gain life experience and knowledge will lead to the wisdom of success in the future. ”
Success Center, Edison Elementary School
Supervisor: Margaret Wegelin, graduate in psychology, behavioral health worker
Projects: After my internship, I plan to find a job through the Achievement Center and one day I may pursue graduate studies to continue my studies in psychology.
A day in the life of a BSS at Edison Elementary: “We love it here!
Millcreek Community Hospital (MCH), Unit 5 and PRTF
Supervisor: Alicia Plyler, NCC, LCC, Clinical Services
Projects: I plan to complete the last semester of my undergraduate program before I graduate. I intend to take a year to gain experience before applying to graduate schools. One of my options is to work at the Children’s as a Behavioral Health Technician (BHT), which one of my supervisors suggested to me.
“Attending this internship gave me a practical opportunity to experience the tangible environment of the field in which I have spent so many hours pursuing and the perspective I gained from the experience is not something that I could have found in a manual. ”
Success Center, Edison Elementary School
Supervisor: Margaret Cox, BHW at Edison Elementary School
Projects: Graduate school to get my Psy.D. in clinical psychology.
“My heart, passion and empathy grew as a result of this internship, which is exactly why I now know this area of work is exactly where I should and want to be.”
Erie County Adult Probation and Parole
Supervisor: Stacy Hemstreet, Supervisor
Projects: I plan to look for a job first and can choose to enroll in graduate studies to continue my studies.
“My internship at the Erie County Probation and Parole Office was an extremely educational experience. This provided an excellent opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of our criminal justice systems.
Youth services at the Maison de l’Ermitage
Supervisor: Ashley Messinger, Unit 2 Chief Supervisor
Projects: Go back to school to complete my studies and apply for master’s degree programs in clinical mental health counseling
“I am so grateful that I was able to have this opportunity. It has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my academic career so far. ”
Millcreek Community Hospital
Supervisor: Alicia Plyler, LPC, Manager of Clinical Services
Projects: go back to school to finish graduation, apply to graduate school for master’s program in clinical mental health counseling.
“I am extremely grateful for the practical experience I have gained working in the field of behavioral health alongside knowledgeable professionals in the Erie community! ”
Crime Victims Assistance Center
Supervisor: Amy Blackman, Co-Director and Director of Prevention Education
Projects: Graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh (Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) and start of a job at the Crime Victim Center in prevention education.
“My internship allowed me to have more confidence in myself and in my ability to succeed in this field.
Perseus House Boys Residential Treatment Center
Supervisor: Sue Petruso, Supervisor
Projects: After this internship, I have one semester left until graduation. I work for the third team at Perseus House, but will move to the second team to continue working with clients.
“You are strong. You are capable. You have this.”