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The Psychology Department at Stevenson University offers a few paid positions for selected students every year to work as Peer Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, or Student Techs. These positions not only look good on resume or curriculum vitae, but they are excellent opportunities for students to further their training in Psychology.

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Our Student Techs Semira Nock (left) and Tamera Stanley (right)

Networking: Through these positions, students will be able to develop deeper relationships with their professors and fellow students. Peer Teaching Assistants, for example, work closely with students inside and outside of class. Similarly, Research Assistants work closely with their professors and research teams as they engage in various research activities. Finally, Student Techs assist with various projects depending on the need of the department as they work closely with the faculty.

Skills: While Research Assistants are learning the nuances of various research tasks that are essential for graduate school, Peer Teaching Assistants are cultivating leadership skills by facilitating class activities and discussions. Students Techs are developing their organizational skills by working on a variety of tasks, such as coordinating department events and designing bulletin boards to create a fun and cohesive community for our students.

Professional development: Our Peer Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, and Students Techs are all responsible, hardworking, and attentive to detail. They are also acquiring important organizational, time-management, and communication skills that are applicable for graduate school or future career.

Interested in any of these positions? Please email Dr. Elliott for more information!

Written by: Semira Nock 

In this blog post, Psychology major Nya Medley described what she has learned at a recent job/career fair and reflected on her experience in planning her future internship experience.

As a freshman, I first did not know anything about internships. However, I quickly learned that not only is it important to obtain an internship, but also a requirement for Psychology majors. I confess, when I first came across the word “internship”, I found it to be a little intimidating.

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Nya Medley ('22 Psychology)

All my concerns dissipated when I attended last semester's Psychology and Human Services Career Fair. I was impressed how approachable and courteous all the employer representatives were. This fair has really created an excellent opportunity for me to engage in lively conversations with the professionals in my field. In the end, I had conversations with representatives from organizations such as: Kennedy Krieger, Trellis, Sheppard Pratt, TranZed, Target Community & Educational Services Inc., and Itineris.

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Part-time Job Fair held at Stevenson University in Fall 2019

One specific conversation that stuck out to me was learning about The Maryland School of the Blind (MSB). I had a great conversation with one of the administrators from MSB and it was both informative and educational. She explained to me that at MSB, they educate and cultivate young blind students. Similar to any of the nearby public schools, MBS has education, clubs, graduation, honor ceremonies, and even sport events! Recently, MBS’s Goalball team won a Guinness World Record for playing the world’s longest game of goalball ever! At that moment, I realized the importance of schools that are dedicated to serving children with disabilities. For my future internship, I would love to work at a place like this!

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"Verbal Beginnings," one of the organizations participating in the job fair this semester

Internships are not really about checking yet another box or putting another line of experience on your resume. Instead, internships are great opportunities for us to learn and make an impact that can change someone's life forever. In a way, internships are like a box of assorted chocolates. You never know the joy that each one could bring, until you try each of them for yourself.

By: Nya Medley (’22, Psychology)

There are many options for students who do not plan to pursue a graduate degree after the completion of their Bachelor’s. In fact, there are many job opportunities available for Psychology graduates. Students, here is what you can do now to prepare yourself. 

To begin, let’s focus on the important skills that you can gather while you are at Stevenson. Skills related to communication and organization are very important! The Stevenson Psychology department requires students to complete an internship before they graduate. You should carefully choose your internship site so that it is closely related to your interest. This internship opportunity will help you build research, problem-solving, and/or leadership skills, just to name a few!


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Psych senior Bryce Merkt completed his internship while studying abroad at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London

While holding a Bachelor’s degree shows your perseverance in completing your academic goals, employers would still want to see additional skills that you may have. Following Stamm (2019), we suggest using a “both-and” approach. What that means is having “both a degree that meets the educational requirements for the job and the skills, traits, and competencies to do the job.” For instance, if a student is applying a job related to research, he/she should highlight his/her previous experience with research in classes, field placements, or internships. In addition, the student should also highlight his/her communication and organization skills as they are crucial for their position.

In sum, when applying for a job with a Bachelor’s degree, focus on all of your skills that can set you apart from other candidates also applying. Utilizing field placements and internships that the Stevenson Psychology department offers is a great place to gain job-related experience. That being said, do not forget all the amazing skills you have gained throughout experiences in other non-psychology related jobs and from your classes!

By Makaylah Morton

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