Internships

The Psychology Department requires students to complete a one of 2 capstone projects prior to graduation, with an internship being one of these elements. Our internship program serves psychology students with junior or senior standing who are interested in gaining experience that bridges the gap between academic course work and the challenges of working in the field of psychology; approximately 70% of our majors meet their capstone requirement via this option. Students completing an internship are able to relate their academic knowledge of psychology to actual career situations and responsibilities in one or more professional settings. Over the years, the Psychology Department has developed a professional relationship with a variety of agencies that provide psychological services. A list of these agencies is available to all students through the department. Moreover, students interested in pursuing unique internship experiences are encouraged to explore possible internship settings that will offer personalized experiences that are consistent with students’ career goals. Placements of former interns include psychiatric hospitals, school psychology departments, crisis intervention agencies, research hospitals, human resource agencies, hospice programs, and counseling centers. Before registering for internship, students must receive departmental approval. If the student chooses an internship site that is not a commonly used site, a member of the department will investigate the site to ensure its suitability before approval. The Department’s internship program is coordinated by Dr. Louis Laguna, Professor of Psychology; questions about this requirement can be directed to him (Phone: (717.867.6196; E-Mail: llaguna@lvc.edu).

Internship Guidelines

  • Field Placement. Students are required to complete 45 clock-hours at their respective agency for each academic credit earned. Before beginning the field placement, the person responsible for providing supervision is given a letter detailing departmental guidelines and expectations for the intern. A comprehensive evaluation form is also provided which must be completed before the end of the internship. Requirements for successful completion of the field experience include a satisfactory evaluation and submitting a daily log of activities to the psychology department after completing the field experience.
  • Seminar (PSY 400). In addition to the field placement, students are required to attend an internship seminar that meets weekly. During seminar, students currently involved in a field placement engage in round-table discussions about issues related to their internship experience. In addition, students are required to read a series of articles that deal directly with internship issues. These articles include issues related to ethics, clinical writing, stress, assault risk, and self-care. Students also learn basic skills related to intern/client interactions via role-playing exercises.
  • Evaluation. After approval, students are permitted to take up to 12 credits of internship, no more than 9 of which may be at one particular site. Generally, students complete between 3 and 6 credits of internship. Requirements for successful completion of the internship seminar include class attendance and the completion of a paper detailing the internship experience. Upon successful completion of both primary components of the internship (field-placement and seminar) students are given a grade of "P" for the number of credits taken.

Background Information for Prospective Interns

  1. In general, you should pursue an internship only in your junior or senior year. This affords you the opportunity to have taken psychology and related courses that provide an adequate theoretical and academic background for the applied internship experience.
  2. It is your responsibility to make initial contact with potential internship agencies to explore internship possibilities and to ascertain if the potential site offers an experience that is compatible with your interests and career aspirations. Students already employed at an agency may not count these hours as part of an internship.
  3. The internship requires 45 hours of internship placement time for each academic credit taken. This time requirement must be factored into your schedule for the semester in which the internship will be pursued. Agency hours of operation must also be considered here.
  4. Due to a special arrangement, the internship forms distributed by the LVC Registrar's office should NOT be completed by psychology interns. The correct form can be obtained from the Psychology Department.
  5. The internship academic seminar meets Thursday evenings at 6 PM and attendance at this seminar is required. Therefore, you should schedule your courses and internship in a manner affording attendance at the seminar.
  6. The academic component of the internship requires completion of a 10-page term paper.
  7. Departmental policy regarding internship grading is that all credits are graded pass/fail.
  8. Generally, you should schedule your internship for 3 to 6 credits. Taking fewer than 3 credits does not afford you sufficient time at the placement site to gain a comprehensive understanding of the agency, its operation, and your role there. Taking 7 or more credits typically results in redundancy of experiences and significantly diminishing returns for your time and effort.
  9. If you are interested in an internship related to clinical or counseling psychology, you should take as many clinically related courses as possible prior to pursuing the internship.
  10. It is imperative that you make arrangements for your internship prior to the semester in which you wish to complete it. This is due to the fact that it is extremely difficult to complete the required agency hours in fewer weeks than the complete semester. You must complete an internship packet before commencement of the internship; packets are available from Dr. Louis Laguna.
  11. Register for the internship (Psychology 400) as you would for any other course after approval by Dr. Louis Laguna.
  12. Internships can be completed in any setting related to psychology, but the most commonly utilized internship settings for particular interests are as follows:

Clinical/Counseling Psychology
Harrisburg State Hospital - Contact Mrs. Edith Krohn
Lebanon County - Contact Main Office
Philhaven Hospital - Contact Human Resources Department

Working with Children/Youth
Lebanon County Children & Youth - Contact Main Office
Lebanon County Juvenile Probation - Contact Mr. Heckard
Philhaven Hospital - Contact Human Resources Department

Working with Abuse Victims
Domestic Violence Intervention - See Phone Book Blue Pages
Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling - See Phone Book Blue Pages

Community Psychology
Compeer Program of Lebanon County - Contact Anthony Cek (717)-272-8317

Working with the Elderly
Kindred Place - See Dr. Laguna for contact information


Guidelines & Expectations for Internships in Psychology

For the Student:
  1. Execute the internship experience by picking up an internship packet.
  2. Complete 45 clock hours of assigned work for each academic credit earned.
  3. Attendance when expected, unless excused by the agency.
  4. Be on time.
  5. Execute assigned duties and meet all stipulations of the agency.
  6. Conduct oneself as a professional, keeping in mind accepted principles of professional ethics and one's own limitations.
  7. Meet stipulated academic assignments.

For the Cooperating Agency
  1. Provide the appropriate orientation and training.
  2. Provide supervision and assistance as needed.
  3. Establish clear lines of authority and an understanding of who is supervising the student.
  4. Assign student to actual work for which student may apply theoretical and textbook knowledge.
  5. Recognize the limits of the student's preparation.
  6. Execute student work and inform the student and LVC (forms will be provided).

For the College Liaison Person:
  1. Assist in arranging intern placements.
  2. Be in regular contact with the intern.
  3. Formulate / develop / arrange written assignments with the intern.
  4. Read and grade written assignments.
  5. Be available to student and agency for consultation.
  6. Make on-site visits.

For additional information, contact Dr. Louis Laguna, Professor of Psychology. Phone: (717)867-6196, Email: llaguna@lvc.edu.


The following list contains the internships our students have recently completed.

SPRING 2013

Soledad Arroyo       Lebanon High School – Lebanon PA
Kerrie Bailey       Lebanon School District – Lebanon PA
Danielle Baker       Lancaster County Children & Youth – Lancaster PA
Katie Dorman       Sexual Assault Resource Center – Lebanon PA
Kelly Fahnestock       Hope Springs Farms – Hershey PA
Mary Gardner       Cedar Crest High School – Lebanon PA
Brittany Graby       Annville-Cleona High School – Annville PA
Kaylin Honchar       Annville-Cleona High School – Annville PA
Jacquelyn Hoover       Elizabethtown High School – Annville PA
Nahed Khalil       Annville-Cleona High School – Annville PA
Wesley Landsem       Annville-Cleona High School – Annville PA
Jamielyn Samper       Hershey Medical Center – Hershey PA
Stephen Simonian       AXA Advisors Group – Human Resources – Lancaster PA
Ashley Smith       LVC Counseling Center – Annville PA
Emmitt Smith       Central Dauphin High School – Harrisburg PA
Chloe Tarson       Annville-Cleona High School – Annville PA
Jordan Weaver       Lebanon County Detective Bureau – Lebanon PA
Jennifer Zeller       Hershey Medical Center – Hershey PA

FALL 2012

Maurissa Lauderman       Hershey Medical Center – Project SIESTA – Hershey PA
Kristen Overman       Hershey Medical Center – Project SIESTA – Hershey PA
Megan Koenig       Philhaven Healthcare – Mount Gretna PA
Jordan Weaver       Lebanon County Juvenile Probation – Lebanon PA
Macke Hall       James Buchanan High School – Mercersburg PA
Katie Dorman       Sexual Assault Resource Center – Lebanon PA
Kelly Fahnestock       Hope Springs Farms – Hershey PA
Alyssa Stumpf       Youth Advocates – Harrisburg PA
Katharine Wagner       Youth Advocates – Harrisburg PA
Emmitt Smith       Central Dauphin High School – Harrisburg PA
Erin Pruett       Philhaven Healthcare – Mount Gretna PA
Lindsay Chaffier       Eastern Lebanon County High School – Myerstown PA

SPRING 2012

Brianna Eroh       Philhaven Healthcare – Hershey PA
Wiltssy Payero       Friendship Community Center – Harrisburg PA
Andrew McVey       Kindred Place – Annville PA
Nicole Howell       Sexual Assault Resource Center – Lebanon PA
Tenzing Sherpa       Philhaven Healthcare – Mount Gretna PA
Lauren Hinkle       White Deer Run – Lebanon PA
Kristin Overman       Hershey Medical Center – Hershey PA
Cory Homer       Philhaven Healthcare – Mount Gretna PA

FALL 2011 & SUMMER 2011

Ashley Kitchenoff       Philhaven Healthcare – Mount Gretna PA
Maurissa Lauderman       Hershey Medical Center – Hershey PA
Rachel Leer       Hershey Medical Center – Hershey PA
Morgan Little       Philhaven Healthcare – Mount Gretna PA
Amber Phillips       Sexual Assault Resource Center – Lebanon PA
Tierney Snyder       Children’s Miracle Network – Hershey PA
Christin Wagner       Philhaven Healthcare – Mount Gretna PA
Megan Santaniello       Youth Advocates – Harrisburg PA
Jacob Becker       Philhaven Healthcare – Mount Gretna PA

SPRING 2011

Kathryn Cerullo       Hershey Medical Center – Hershey PA
Ashley Collins       HERCO – Hershey PA
Matthew Gryzlo       Sexual Assault Resource Center – Lebanon PA
Julia Jones       Philhaven Healthcare – Mount Gretna PA
Mary Kent       Children’s Miracle Network – Hershey PA
Erque Lee       Wordsworth Academy – Philadelphia PA
Niaomi Lugo       Annville-Cleona High School – Annville PA
Matthew Rivera       Kindred Place – Lebanon PA
Allison Verdi       Lebanon County Detective Bureau – Lebanon PA
Kristin Witzel       Philhaven Healthcare – Mount Gretna PA

FALL 2010

Karissa King       Philadelphia Center – Philadelphia PA
Mary Kent       Hershey Medical Center – Hershey PA
Joanna Heisey       Manheim Education Center – Manheim PA
Samantha Gatewood       Camp Hill Prison Diagnostic Center – Camp Hill PA
Ashley Collins       Philhaven Healthcare – Mount Gretna PA
Michelle Little       LVC Admissions – Annville PA
Raquel Martinez       Lebanon Bureau of Disability – Lebanon PA
Amber Phillips       Community Services Group – Lebanon PA
Stephanie Romberger       Camp Hill Prison Diagnostic Center – Camp Hill PA
Christine Whiteley       Camp Hill Prison Diagnostic Center – Camp Hill PA
Julia Dunn       PA State Legislation Office – Harrisburg PA

SPRING 2010

Tiffany Caplinger       Philhaven Healthcare – Mount Gretna PA
Avery Carter       Vista School – Hershey PA
Ashley Collins       Annville-Cleona High School – Annville PA
Ann Marie Crider       Camp Hill Prison Diagnostic Center – Camp Hill PA
Monica Ferenz       Annville-Cleona High School – Annville PA
Samantha Gatewood       Camp Hill Prison Diagnostic Center – Camp Hill PA
Mariela Horna       Philhaven Healthcare – Mount Gretna PA
Michelle Little       Annville-Cleona High School – Annville PA
Niaomi Lugo       Annville-Cleona High School – Annville PA
Bryan Lynch       Annville-Cleona High School – Annville PA
Whitney McClain       Philhaven Healthcare – Mount Gretna PA
Amanda Motter       Hershey Medical Center – Hershey PA
Andrew Norton       Annville-Cleona High School – Annville PA
Tanisha Rine       Annville-Cleona High School – Annville PA
Devin Schneider       Philhaven Healthcare – Mount Gretna PA
Angela Shannon       Annville-Cleona High School – Annville PA
Kristin Witzel       Adams County Youth Detention Center – Gettysburg PA