This fall, 13 Edinboro University students completed 5,850 hours of community service during their fall internships. Each student completed this internship as a requirement for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Students in the Department of Psychology participate in a 12-credit internship at various sites throughout the Erie County region and Pennsylvania. 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 Fall 2021.
Lakeview School District
Supervisor: Alyse Mundt, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, School Psychologist at Lakeview School District
Plans: I plan to receive my Bachelors of Psychology in the spring of 2022, then pursue Edinboro’s School Psychology Graduate program.
“All of the work becomes worth it when you make a difference in a child’s life.”
Safe Harbor UPMC Western Behavioral Health
Supervisor: Stacey Buettner, LCSW, Program Director
Plans: Entering into the work field as a Crisis Technician with Crisis Services.
“Assessing people for mental health resource recommendations. No matter where you’re at, over the phone or in person, Crisis Services will be there to assist you.”
Crisis Services of UPMC
Supervisor: Supervisor: Stacey Buettner, LCSW, Program Director
Plans: Working at Crisis Services, getting a peer specialist certification
“You can learn from reading books and listening to lectures but nothing compares to hands-on experience and being able to connect the knowledge from in class education to field experience.”
Glenbeigh Outpatient Center of Erie
Supervisor: Jay Burrows, LCSW, CADC, CCS, Program Director
Plans: Staying on at Glenbeigh, getting employed after my internships. Enter the master’s program at Edinboro for Mental Health Counseling. Currently working toward CADC and LPC.
“Set aside time for self-care. It’s an investment in yourself. How much time are you worth?”
Crawford County Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission
Supervisor: Lora Shroc, Masters of Arts in Counseling, Certified Advanced Additiction & Drug Counselor
Plans: Return to Edinboro University for my final semester in Spring 2022 and graduate. Then proceed for employment and/or graduate school for counseling.
“The journey to attain life experience and knowledge will lead to the wisdom for success in the future.”
Achievement Center, Edison Elementary School
Supervisor: Margaret Wegelin, degree in psychology, Behavioral Health Worker
Plans: Following my internship, I plan on becoming employed through the Achievement Center and may someday go on to graduate school to further my education in psychology.
A day in the life of a BSS at Edison Elementary: “We love it here!”
Millcreek Community Hospital (MCH), Unit 5 & PRTF
Supervisor: Alicia Plyler, NCC, LCC, Clinical Services
Plans: I plan to finish the last semester of my undergraduate program before graduating with my degree. I intend to take a year to gain experience before applying to graduate schools. One of my options is to work at MCH as a Behavioral Health Technician (BHT), which one of my supervisors suggested.
“Engaging in this internship has given me a hands-on opportunity to experience the tangible environment of the field I have spent so many hours pursuing and the perspective I gained from the experience isn’t something I could have found in a textbook.”
Achievement Center, Edison Elementary School
Supervisor: Margaret Cox, BHW at Edison Elementary School
Plans: Graduate school to get my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology.
“My heart, passion, and empathy have grown bigger because of this internship, which is exactly why I now know that this field of work is exactly where I should and want to be.”
Erie County Adult Probation & Parole
Supervisor: Stacy Hemstreet, Supervisor
Plans: I plan to initially seek employment and may choose to enroll in graduate school to further my education.
“My internship with the probation and parole office of Erie County was an extremely educational experience. It provided a great opportunity to learn about the innerworkings of our criminal justice systems.”
Hermitage House Youth Services
Supervisor: Ashley Messinger, Unit 2 Head Supervisor
Plans: Returning to school to finish my degree, and applying to master’s programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
“I am so grateful to have been able to have this opportunity. It was one of the most meaningful experiences of my college career thus far.”
Millcreek Community Hospital
Supervisor: Alicia Plyler, LPC, Clinical Service Manager
Plans: Returning to school to finish degree, applying to graduate school for Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program.
“I am extremely grateful for the hands-on experience I have gained from working in the behavioral health field alongside knowledgeable professionals in the Erie community!”
Crime Victim Center
Supervisor: Amy Blackman, Co-Director and Director of Prevention Education
Plans: Graduate school at Edinboro University (master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) and starting a job at the Crime Victim Center in Prevention Education.
“My internship has helped me become more confident in myself and my ability to succeed in this field.”
Perseus House Boys Residential Treatment Facility
Supervisor: Sue Petruso, Supervisor
Plans: After this internship, I have one more semester until graduation. I work for Perseus House third shift but will be switching to second shift to continue working with clients.
“You’re strong. You’re Capable. You got this.”