Careers, Internships, Graduate School, & Undergraduate Conferences


What can you do with a Psychology degree?  Below we have suggestions about how to find a career after college, what internships are available while you are in college and after, and how to apply to graduate school. We also have a listing of Undergraduate Conferences at which you can present your research.


Career Opportunities


Psychology majors have an excellent skill set that can be applied to many different careers.  Below we have some materials to help you identify and articulate your skills as well as a listing of careers that use those skills:

Visit CMC Career Services Center (http:csc.claremontmckenna.edu; careerservices@claremontmckenna.edu)
  • Career Services has many materials to help you with your resume, cover letters, interviewing skills,etc. as well as identify potential job opportunities
  • Amanda Stevens is the Psychology Career Counselor (amanda.stevens@cmc.edu)

Consulting Opportunities:
  • Consulting firms that actively recruit candidates from a diverse set of majors, especially Psychology majors with critical thinking skills, research skills, statistical skills, and people skills:
1.      McKinsey
2.      Bain
3.      BCG (Boston Consulting Group-- talk to them at CMC's consulting night)
4.      Oliver Wyman
5.      Deloitte
6.      Booz & Co.
7.      Accenture
8.      Analysis Group (Per Evelyn Wong – Scripps Scholar that worked at Analysis Group over the summer)
9.      Mercer
10.    Gallup Consulting
11.    CAST  (talk to them at CMC's consulting night
12.    Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc (per Sonia Bao -- CMC Psychology Alumna employed at this firm; they have both rising junior and post-grad summer internship programs)

OtherPost-Graduate opportunities and information for graduates with Psychology and Neuroscience Majors

Internship Opportunities

Take advantage of Summer Internships & Programs
• Almost all summer internships have application dates in February for the following summer

Summer Internship Programs at CMC
• CMC offers several summer internships relevant to psych and neuroscience majors
o For internships and CMC sponsored internships, see  the CMC Career Center and Services guide and see the CMC Career Services web site for Internship information
o Neuroscience fellowships, internships, and research opportunities
  • National Institute for Health Internships & Summer Program in the Neurological Sciences and Other Neuroscience Research Training and Funding Opportunities
  • See other internship opportunities the Psychology and Neuroscience Summer Internships brochure.
  • Summer Institutes:
    • Unversity of Pennsylvania Institute for Cognitive Science Summer Workshop
    • Stanford Annual Summer Institute in Political Psychology: see http://ww.stanford.edu/group/sipp/2012 for info about last year's program
    • NIMH Summer Research Institute for Undergraduates Interested in Mental Health
      The University of South Florida is offering a Summer Research Institute for undergraduates interested in mental health.  The 10 week program is sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health which provides a $4000 stipend for students as well as up to $400 in travel funds.  The program is conducted at the USF Florida Mental Health Institute and is called the SRI@FMHI.  Students will work with a faculty mentor to conduct a research project, will present their work at a Symposium, will participate in research seminars and skill-building workshops, and will visit community agencies and organizations providing mental health services in the Tampa Bay area.  In addition, students will complete research ethics and IRB training.  A flyer for the program is attached.  We would appreciate it if you would distribute this flyer to students who may be interested in applying.  The on-line application is available at: http://www.cbcs.usf.edu/Research/SRI/
       
  • Summer Research Internship at the University of Virginia
    The Early Development Lab, under the direction of Dr. Angeline Lillard, in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia invites applications for a summer internship program for undergraduate students. This internship has been designed to afford interested and motivated undergraduates an opportunity to gain research experience in a child development lab. Applications will be accepted now through March 8th, and the program will run from June 3rd through August 9th. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors currently enrolled at a 4-year institution. More information can be found at http://tinyurl/EDLinternship. For questions not addressed on the website, contact edl.internship@gmail.com.
     
  • KLI Partnered Internship Opportunties
    APPLICATION DEADLINE Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at noon


    The Kravis Leadership Institute has partnered with SEVERAL organizations to create summer internships for CMC students. Internships with partner organizations are expected to challenge interns with meaningful responsibility and leadership development as well as expose the student intern to organizational leadership dynamics.

    Selected interns will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 to assist with travel and living expenses associated with the internship. All participants are required to complete the requirements of INT 199, Internship, for academic credit.

    Summer 2013: Available Internships (See KLI website for internship descriptions)

    BRAC (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

    BRAC, the largest non-profit in the developing world, was launched in Bangladesh in 1972 and reaches more than 138 million people with its holistic approach to addressing poverty by providing micro-loans, self-employment opportunities, health services, education,  legal and human rights education and livelihood training.

    BRAC USA (New York, NY)
    BRAC USA aims to foster a better world by increasing BRAC’s visibility as a development success story, harnessing the power of its friends and ensuring support for  a growing number of BRAC organizations around the world to unleash the potential of millions of poor households to create better futures for themselves and their communities.  We do this through three main program areas: strategic and program services, grantmaking and public education.

    FAWE: Forum for African Women Educationalists (Africa – Location TBD)
    FAWE's vision is that gender disparities in education will be significantly reduced and more girls will have access to education, complete their studies and perform well at all levels. FAWE's mission is to work, together with its partners, to create positive societal attitudes, policies and practices that promote equity for girls in terms of access, retention, performance and education quality, by influencing the transformation of education systems in Africa. FAWE's goal is to increase access and retention as well as improve the quality of education for all girls within the school system and for women in universities.

    INJAZ Al-Arab (Amman, Jordan)
    INJAZ Al-Arab is a non-profit organization that aspires to accelerate young people’s ability to contribute to the economic development of MENA countries by connecting them with business leaders and providing them with the skills and mindset they need to become the entrepreneurs and business leaders of tomorrow.

    Landesa (Seattle, WA)
    Landesa is an international nonprofit organization working to secure land rights for the world’s rural poor.  Landesa partners with governments, civil society and donor organizations to develop laws, policy and programs that help create opportunity for the world’s poorest families through the power of effective land rights. 

    Pratham (India)
    Pratham started in Mumbai in 1994 with the objective of enrolling every child in school and to ensure that they learn well. Pratham brings citizens, government, and the private sector together to ensure the universalization and strengthening of elementary education. Pratham operates programs in rural and urban communities, working with volunteers, school teachers, and with local governments.

    Save the Children (Washington, DC)

    Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. When disaster strikes around the world, Save the Children is there to save lives with food, medical care and education and remains to help communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs.

    Application
    To apply please complete the online application form.

    In addition to the online application form, the supplemental information listed below should be submitted to Career Services Center by Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at noon.  Short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview by the partner organization.
    Resume or CV
    Personal Statement – Please answer the following questions as a part of your personal statement.
    1.      Why do you want to do an internship with this organization?
    2.      Why do your qualifications make you the best candidate for this internship? What value can you add to the organization as an intern?
    3.      What are your expectations from this internship?
    4.      How will this internship further your development and relate to your major career goals?
    One Recommendation – Please send your recommender the link (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KLI2013Recs) to the Online Recommendation Form
    A Detailed Budget – With an explanation of how it was developed. Budget should include: Round Trip Airfare; Housing; Food; Local Transportation; Supplemental International Medical Insurance (which includes coverage for emergency medical evacuation); ISIC student card fee (www.counciltravel.com); Immunizations; and Incidentals.
     

Graduate School

Ask your professors about graduate programs and what you need to do to be well qualified for these programs.

Undergraduate Conferences

  • Check for this year’s details for submission/conference dates.

Western Psychology Conference for Undergraduate Research
Submission Deadline:  ~mid March
Conference: ~mid April
http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/western-psychology-conference-for-undergraduate-research


Conference on Evidence-Based Approaches for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Conference: March 6-8, 2013

Scripps College Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Conference
Submission Deadline: ~ mid March
Conference: ~end of April
Sc.psi.chi@gmail.com

Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference
Submission Deadline: ~ end of March
Conference: ~ mid May
http://www.stanfordconference.org

UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC UCLA)
Submission Deadline:  ~mid February
Conference: ~ beginning of Mary
http://purc.psych.ucla.edu

Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC UC-Berkeley)
Submission Deadline:  ~end of March
Conference: ~end of April
http://purc-berkeley.org/

Psychology Research Fair
Submission Deadline: ~mid February
Conference: ~mid/end of April
http://www.csusm.edu/psychology/researchfair/index.html

Annual Summer Institute in Political Psychology (SIPP)
Submission Deadline:  ~mid March
Conference: ~mid July to beginning of August
http://www.stanford.du/group/sipp/2012