This semester, Aubrey Manmiller and Samantha Winter will enter their senior year as psychology majors. Although each student has different career aspirations, they both took advantage of the Psychology Department’s internship program. Unlike many other courses, the Psychology Internship/Practicum is designed to give students experience in their desired workforce. Students may receive anywhere from 1-12 credits per course, depending on the hours worked at the site. Aubrey and Samantha each took some time to discuss their internship experiences with us.
In addition to traditional coursework, Aubrey spent the entire 2016-2017 academic year working as a Self-Help Center Intern for Temple University’s Tuttleman Counseling Services. Tuttleman offers students mental health support, which includes individual and group therapy sessions. While interning, she provided students who experience depression, anxiety, and insomnia with resources to create a calming space. Aubrey also designed and co-facilitated two workshops, focusing on substance abuse/addictions and self-esteem. She explained that she is grateful for this experience because it solidified her passion to become a School Counselor, and provided her with a network of working professionals in her desired field.
In addition to Aubrey’s internship experiences and Dean’s List academics, she continues to build her resume by taking on leadership roles in student organizations. She is currently Outreach/Social Media Chair for Cure Mental Illness Temple, and is Fraternity Education Chair of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity. Ironically, Aubrey was named after the song “Aubrey,” written by the band Bread.
Samantha Winter is also a senior psychology major, with a business minor. Her career goal is to become a recruiter within a Human Resources department. Last school year, she was an HR intern for PeopleShare. She explains, “PeopleShare is a recruiting company that assists other companies in filling open positions with top-notch employees”. Her day-to-day tasks included some administrative work, however, the majority of her work was focused on recruitment, as she examined resumes, completed phone interviews, and scheduled follow-up assessments. She credits her internship for helping her overcome shyness, and for providing a deeper understanding of interview processes as well as employee recruitment issues more generally.
Samantha is grateful that the Psychology program gave her “an eclectic view of what psychology is. I learned the different career paths, fields and subjects that I could possibly pursue, and was given a realistic preview of what I was to expect once leaving Temple.” She is excited to take the Industrial/Organizational Psychology course this year, and apply what she learns to her career. This summer, Samantha continued to expand her expertise by becoming an HR/Administrative intern at Volpe & Koenig, P.C., an intellectual property law firm in Center City. Related to her studies, Samantha often attends meetings of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Psi Chi, and the Psychology Majors Association.