A guest post by Krista Bailey about her internship experience
In Spring 2019, I interned at Connections for Kids, a mental health agency for kids. I also worked there as an employee, but through a different program. For my internship position I worked in the human resources office. I did a lot of reference calls and worked on projects that helped out the company. For example, I worked on making a pamphlet that talked about what perks employee of the company have access to. I also worked on finding all the states process of finding people’s criminal records, driving records, and child protective services records. We do this because, when working with kids, these background checks are required. These are just a few of many examples of what I did in human resources.
This internship is important for my career because I am interested in applying what I have learned in psychology to the business field. I may be interested in industrial organizational psychology (IOP) as a future career, but I am not exactly sure yet. I am not sure if I really want to work in Human Resources specifically, but by having this opportunity I get to see a different side to things. For my future I am also potentially interested in sports management/ marketing or some form of advertisement. I can use what I have learned in psychology to aid me in these kinds of positions as well. Understanding how to talk to people and understanding how they may think can help you in many different business and management oriented positions.
Though this internship might be slightly different than most internships that psychology students work in, I am still able to tie many things that I have learned in classes into it. I can use what I have learned in psychology and apply it to my internship, most specifically in working to help keep employees happy and healthy in an organization that can, at times, be challenging to work in.
Our thanks to Krista for sharing her thoughts about her internship. All psychology majors complete at least one internship, PSY 300, as part of their degree. Students work closely with a faculty supervisor as part of the experience.