Psychology Department Internship Placement Program

The Psychology Department and UVA Career Center have partnered to establish the Spring 2023 Psychology Department Internship Placement Program. Through this unique program, students majoring in Psychology have access to exclusive internships that will help connect their academic experiences to real-world, professional engagements. This program will match you with a customized internship placement based on the best opportunities for your interests, skills, and goals. 


  • Enrolled as a full-time UVA undergraduate student majoring in Psychology  
  • Overall and major GPA of at least 2.5
  • Good academic standing and clear disciplinary record
  • Meet the health, age, academic, security, and/or related criteria of the internship site 
  • Commit to the IPP program requirements, policies, and professionalism
  • Complete PSYC 3910: Psychology Internship Toolkit Course and satisfy a pre- or co- requisite course requirement in one of the following courses:
    • UNST 3510: Self & Organizations
    • UNST 3510: Teams, Leadership, Organizations
    • UNST 2820: Internship for Credit
    • UNST 3910: Self & Organizations
    • LASE 3510: Topics in the Liberal Arts


Instructor: Erin Clabough, PhD 

Credits: 1

Grading Option: Graded  

Format: In-Person; 5 weeks; 3hr workshops 

Pre- or co-requisites:  Students must have previously taken or be currently enrolled in one of the following courses: 

  • UNST 3510: Self & Organizations 
  • UNST 3510: Teams, Leadership, Organizations
  • UNST 2820 Internship for Credit 
  • UNST 3910: Self & Organizations
  • LASE 3510: Topics in Liberal Arts  

Course Goals: This course provides a framework to help you explore career options and practices in psychology. The structure surrounding career pathways, ethics, and communication modalities varies dramatically between different fields of study. The goals of this class are to demystify the way that the field of psychology conventionally approaches these topics and to provide students with concrete skills to interact meaningfully with others within the psychology field using an active learning format. This exploration will take place during five 3-hour workshops where we will discuss topics including career options in psychology, specialized training requirements in psychology subdisciplines, ethics and responsible conduct in workplace and mental health care, and communication content and styles that you will encounter in this field. During these workshops, you will have opportunities to interact with scenarios and information as a real psychologist would.


Opens: Monday, October 31st; 12:00am

Closes: Tuesday, November 22nd; 11:59pm (Note: IPP Interviews need to be completed by the deadline) 

  1. Search available internships in Handshake using the label: job – ipp psyc - spring 2023 in Jobs or using the Psychology column on the IPP Spring 2023 Internship List
  2. Apply via Handshake at UVA Internship Placement Program (IPP): Spring 2023 Application
  3. Select “Register” and complete application questions (Note: If students unregister, their application materials will be lost)
  4. Answer “Yes” to Psychology major specific question: “For Psychology majors, do you plan to participate in the Psychology Department Internship Placement Program?”
  5. Schedule a follow-up virtual interview with an IPP team member via Handshake
  6. If internship placement notification is received, conduct an interview with the organization
  7. Confirm placement decision with IPP team 7 days after the interview

Previous Community Partners


Arc of the Piedmont

Isabel Baggette

As I pass the midpoint of my internship with the Arc Studio, I am awash with gratitude for the people I’ve met and the opportunity to exercise so many of my passions. Majoring in Psychology and Studio Art, I was surprised to find a position that nestled so snugly at their juncture. As I was scrolling through Handshake “Art” jumped out at me. The listing was for an “Art Therapy” intern. My interest piqued, I applied and was accepted. The Arc Studio is a program within the Arc of the Piedmont, Charlottesville, that facilitates art and creation for adults with developmental disabilities. Art making, to me, is a fundamental process for all. The more I’ve worked with my friends and fellow artists at the Arc, the less comfortable I’ve become with the term “Art Therapy” in this scenario. Art, for anyone, can be therapeutic. Where, though, does art for its own sake end, and art therapy begin? To assume that artists with developmental disabilities automatically require therapy feels as though we are saying that there is always something to be fixed. That is not to say that there have never been times in which I have helped someone to deal with frustration or grief through their art (this is where I would say it mingles with therapy in this context) however, I would be cautious about using Art Therapy as a blanket term when it holds so much nuance. That aside, even as I interviewed for the position with my now-supervisor, Amy Keenan-Amago, I  was blown away by the palpable similarity between our outlooks on communication, our definition of artistry, and our magpie-like hoarding of found materials. Almost as soon as I was chosen, Amy Keenan-Amago reached out to invite me to the Arc of the Piedmont’s annual Gala later that week. I enthusiastically accepted and dove headlong into helping to showcase the artists’ work. I worked tightly with her past intern to assist guests in purchasing art, I mingled, and I observed the fruits of months of their intense planning. A few weeks later, at the official start of my internship, I met with Amy to be introduced to the space and the artists. My duties were to include wading happily through bushels of work (Amy informed me it would soon be obvious who had made what), matting and framing pieces to be hung, maintaining a clean studio space, and, most importantly, being a friend and resource. As my days at the Arc passed and continue to pass, I have formed real relationships with many of the artists and now certainly have no trouble deciphering whose work is whose. Other major points in my experience leading up to now have been hanging a show at the Jefferson-Madison Library, curating art for the walls of the Arc’s conference room, helping to build and grow an independent Arc Studio Instagram, and sourcing materials. In working alongside people with differing backgrounds and communication styles, I have found myself using every ounce of my observational skills and creativity to breach those barriers. An artist I am constantly in awe of, and one of my good friends, is deaf. I have no background in ASL but the urge to talk with her about her art pushed me to begin learning fingerspelling and basic sign. This has been incredibly helpful with many people at the Studio who are non-verbal or struggle with speech. I’ve had someone say to me “I like you because you don’t interrupt me when I am speaking”. That made a large impact on me because it highlighted how little respect and patience people who need time to communicate with are often afforded. Being here to listen and interpret ideas has been so rewarding in the relief that I often see in my friends’ faces when they are heard. Moving forward, we are gearing up for a showcase at the Daily Grind and I am beyond excited to continue working with the Arc.