Demystifying the School Psychology Internship: Guidance for Graduate Students

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 10
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. develop an individualized internship planning “roadmap” encompassing both conceptual and practical guidance for the journey ahead.
  2. connect their individual goals and values to all aspects of the internship process—from site identification through transitioning in.
  3. understand common application requirements and recommendations for both specialist- and doctoral-level internships.


Securing an internship is an important, exciting—yet stressful—undertaking in school psychology training. Given its pivotal importance, it is vital that graduate students feel confident in their abilities to pursue and secure a fitting internship. To assist students’ preparation for this complex process, this session aims to describe important considerations, share strategies, makes space for inquiries, and provide helpful resources to facilitate internship selection, application, and interviews.



Alexandria C. Muldrew, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Stephanie M. Campbell, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Andrew Jenkins, University of South Florida


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