Three Edinboro students complete summer psychology internships


Intern, 2022

Under the direction of Dr. Gary Lavine and Dr. Heather Snyder, from Edinboro’s Psychology Department, three undergraduate interns collectively completed more than 1,350 hours of community service through their summer internships.

The Department of Psychology at Edinboro recently announced that Bethany Miller, John Wheeler and Katherine “Kat” Wolper have completed 12-credit internship at sites throughout Erie County.

Undergraduate internships in psychology are typically undertaken by students following their junior year. Internships provide students with an opportunity to obtain professional work experience in a variety of settings in the field of psychology.

The following students completed internships during Summer 2022:

Bethany Miller

Beth, 2022

“Helping others grow helps us grow.”

Cattaraugus County Probation Department

Supervisor: Michael Sharbaugh, director of Probation Department

“Following my internship, I will have completed my undergraduate degree in psychology. I plan to further my education in graduate school. I hope to receive my master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology.”

John Wheeler

Wheeler, 2022

“My experience as a Behavioral Health intern at Millcreek opened my eyes to the importance of mental health resources within a community, and for that I am grateful.”

Millcreek Community Hospital, Behavioral Health – Adult Unit

Supervisor: Alicia Plyler, LSW, clinical services manager

“I will finish my last semester at PennWest Edinboro and continue my education in a clinical psychology Ph.D. graduate program.  My current interests include personality development, assessment and diagnoses of personality disorders.

Katherine “Kat” Wolper (pictured above)

“I learned a lot during my summer internship at Sarah Reed Children’s Center. I feel like I’m headed on the right career path, and I better understand the strengths and weaknesses I bring to the table.”

Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center, Selden Cottage

Supervisor: Jason Zietz, director of Residential Services

“Following the internship, I plan on getting a job leading group therapy with populations healing from grief and trauma. I felt at home with this population, and feel I have strengths that can contribute to helping those in pain. This internship is the last part of my degree, so I am ready to enter the workforce full-time.”