School Psychology-Internship Information

 A one-year (10 months/1500 clock hours) internship in school psychology is required and is taken upon completion of all other program requirements (except the dissertation). For licensure purposes, however, it is strongly recommended that students complete a full-year (12 month/2000 clock hours) internship. Students must secure internships (with the program's assistance and facilitation) with facilities/districts that have an organized internship program. Internships must be approved by the faculty member responsible for coordinating/directing internships within the School Psychology Program. Only internship placements consistent with program objectives receive approval. Selection of internship must conform to NASP standards and be consistent with those guidelines set for by the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs (CDSPP) and/or APPIC. Internships usually require students to move to a distant location for one year of intensely supervised experience (there are currently no organized internship programs in the Hattiesburg area). Students are expected to have completed or made substantial progress toward completing their dissertation prior to beginning their internship so that they may devote their full attention to this important professional component of their training program.

     Normally, early in the Fall semester of each year, the faculty director/coordinator of internships meets with all students who will be applying for internships for the following year to acquaint them with the procedures for applying, identification of potential sites, and review of applicable guidelines (e.g., NASP, CDSPP). It remains, however, the responsibility of the individual student to secure her/his own internship. Our students have been highly successful in obtaining APA accredited internship placements. Below is a sampling of internship placements that our students have secured over the past several years:

  • John's Hopkins - Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • The May Institute
  • Meyer Rehabilitation Institute (Nebraska Internship Consortium) - Omaha, NE
  • Boys' Town (Nebraska Internship Consortium) - Omaha, NE
  • The Devereux Foundation - Devon, PA
  • Dallas Independent School District
  • University of Tennessee Consortium - Memphis
  • Medical Coll. of Toledo (Northwest Ohio Consortium)
  • Children's Primary Hospital - Salt Lake City, UT
  • Louisiana Internship Consortium - New Orleans
  • Child Development Center - Mississippi Med. Center
  • Methodist Richard Young Hospital (Nebraska Internship Consortium) - Omaha, NE
  • Houston Independent School District
  • Humble Independent School District - Texas
  • Cypress Fairbanks School District - Texas
  • Children's Mercy Hospital - Kansas City