Student Internship and Job Placements

The internship is an integral component of the total educational focus of the Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology at The University of Akron.

The philosophy behind the inclusion of the internship year within the training curricula is to allow for the application of knowledge and practice of skills acquired during training within an environment consistent with the intern’s future employment aspirations.

Students in the Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology obtain internships in varied settings including university counseling centers, VA hospitals and medical centers, community mental health centers, and medical school consortia.  Historically, all students have obtained placements and the majority of students obtain APA-accredited internships.

The following table summarizes the annual placement rates of our students from 2003-2010.

2009-10 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06 2004-05 2003-04
Students Applying 8 9 6 9 15 12 6
Students Placed 4 5 6 8 11 7 6
APA-accredited Placements 4 5 6 8 10 7 5

The primary objective of the Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology is to produce scientist-practitioner Counseling Psychologists who are capable of contributing to the field through practice, teaching, and research.

Of the 43 students who became graduates of the Collaborative Program between 2002 and 2009, 84% had APA-accredited internships.

Further, all of these graduates were employed upon graduation as psychologists or postdoctoral fellows. Approximately 81% of these graduates work in applied settings; 19% are in academic settings.

The applied settings which employ our graduates include university counseling services, community mental health centers, state hospitals, private practices, and correctional settings.