Internships and Careers

These resources are geared toward undergraduate students with a major in psychology and alumni with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Whether you are seeking a life-long career at the bachelor's degree level or just seeking employment for a year or two while preparing to apply for graduate school– this site is for you! Good luck everyone and happy helping! If you have suggestions to improve this list of resources, please contact Dr. Vicky Phares.

Please consider joining the USF Department of Psychology group on LinkedIn so that you can network with our vast array of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.


Speaker Series

Getting Ready for Your Career

Five Things to Know From the Career Development Course
Paul Atchley, Ph.D.
USF Psychology

Internship Opportunities During Undergraduate and Post-Bachelors 
Vicky Phares, Ph.D., Paul Atchley, Ph.D., and Nelson Mongiovi, MPH
USF Psychology and DCF Adult Protective Services

Jobs and Careers Within the Mental Health Field and the Helping Professions

Jobs in the Mental Health Field While In College and with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology
Vicky Phares, Ph.D.
USF Psychology

Careers in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
Richard Weinberg, Ph.D.
USF Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

Careers in the Helping Professions
Vicky Phares, Ph.D.
USF Psychology

Careers in School Psychology
Jasmine L. Gray, M.A.
USF School Psychology Program

Careers in Applied Behavior Analysis
Rocky Haynes, Ph.D.
USF Applied Behavior Analysis

Careers in Social Work
Chris Simmons, Ph.D. and Dawn Brown, MSW
USF Social Work

Jobs and Careers Outside of Psychology

Applying Psychological Concepts to Jobs in Financial Planning
Nicole Stokes, M.A.
Northwestern Mutual
Getting Prepared for FBI and Federal Law Enforcement and Government Positions
Bryanna Fox, Ph.D.
USF Criminology
How to Help Refugees 
Stacy Beauchamp, M.A.
Lutheran Services of Florida
Non-Clinical Career Options in Mental and Behavioral Health
Debra Mowery, Ph.D. and Laura Rodriguez Lopez, M.Ed.
USF Child and Family Studies

How to Prepare for and Apply for Graduate School in Psychology

How to Apply to Graduate School
Vicky Phares, Ph.D.
USF Psychology

Creation of this video was supported by the APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science

USF Graduate Student Panel Discussion USF Psychology Building your Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Erica Ahlich, M.A.
USF Psychology

Resources for Mental Health Related Volunteer Opportunities and Jobs in the Tampa Bay Area

There are definitely lots of job opportunities with a bachelor's degree in psychology, but many of those positions require from six months to a year of experience. This experience can be gained through volunteer work, internships, or paid employment. Below you will find on-campus and on-line resources for finding volunteer positions, internships, and jobs. The next section lists agencies throughout the Tampa Bay Area that offer volunteer opportunities and that often hire psychology students and alumni. Some jobs only require a high school education, and are therefore appropriate for employment for current students, whereas some jobs are appropriate for alumni with a bachelor's degree in psychology and at least some level of work-related experience.

To help with your employment search, here are some job titles that are often available to current psychology undergraduate students before they graduate: mental health technician, direct service aid, and behavioral health technician.

Here are some job titles that are often available to individuals with a bachelor's degree in psychology (plus experience): Case manager, care manager, counselor, day treatment therapist, discharge planner, child protection investigator, adult protection investigator, economic self-sufficiency specialist, crisis counselor, emergency screener, family service coordinator, employment and housing specialist, residential advocate, rehabilitation technician, residential manager, and life skills specialist.

On Campus Resources

On-Line Resources

Local Agencies: Volunteer Opportunities and Jobs/Careers

Nearly all of these agencies provide both volunteer and employment opportunities. The large majority are non-profit agencies that survive primarily on donations, so when you are at a point in your career when you can help them financially, please consider doing so. Quotations are taken directly from the agency websites. See the full listing of local agencies.

Other Useful Career Resources