Psychology

Careers, Internships, Graduate School, & Undergraduate Conferences

Shana Levin huddled with a group of students

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:

CMC Career Services Center:

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)

For those students interested in learning more about various consulting firms, check out the Vault 50:

Other Post-Graduate opportunities and information for graduates with Psychology and Neuroscience Majors


2014 SUMMER GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROGRAM

APPLICATIONS DUE JANUARY 1, 2014

Applications due January 1, 2014.

The Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is pleased to invite applications for the Summer Graduate Research Assistant Program, designed for students accepted to or currently enrolled in a master’s (MA) degree program or in their first year of a PhD program. Students who have completed more than one year of doctoral work will not be considered.

The Center welcomes applications from students in all relevant academic disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, psychology, sociology, geography, and others.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVE

The Summer Graduate Research Assistant Program acquaints promising MA-level and first-year PhD students with Holocaust studies by encouraging participation in the broad range of scholarly and publicly available educational programs offered by the Museum during the summer months.

Research assistant projects may include but are not limited to: (1) facilitating projects related to the International Tracing Service digital collection at the Museum; (2) supporting the research, annotation, contextualization, and editing required for advancing the Museum’s Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933–1945 and the archival source series Documenting Life and Destruction, including topical volumes; and (3) supporting the Center’s Holocaust in the Soviet Union initiative.

In addition, assistants are expected to participate in a weekly training seminar led by Museum staff, which introduces them to key subjects, essential tools, useful methods, and approaches as well as career opportunities in Holocaust research. Each assistant will meet with a staff mentor who will assign weekly tasks and project goals and discuss the progress of these tasks and goals. Assistants are expected to familiarize themselves with relevant topics through assigned readings and to actively engage with Center staff.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

Assistants are required to be in residence at the Museum for 12 consecutive weeks, arriving on June 2 and departing on August 22, 2014. The Center will provide a stipend of $3,000/month as well as an allowance to offset the cost of direct, economy-class travel to and from Washington, DC. Local awardees will not receive a travel allowance. The funds provided through this award may be subject to US federal and/or state tax. Please be advised the Center cannot provide individual tax advice.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be accepted to or enrolled in an MA program or in their first year in a PhD program at a North American college or university and have legal permission to work in the United States (i.e., US citizenship, US permanent residency, or proper authorization on a US student visa). The Center is unable to provide visa assistance for non-US citizens.

In addition to English, applicants are encouraged, but not required, to have fluency in one or more of the following languages: German, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Hebrew, Yiddish, French, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovakian, Italian, and/or Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.

APPLICATION MATERIALS AND GUIDELINES

Applications and supporting materials must be received by January 1, 2014. All applications must be submitted in English and must include:

  • A résumé.
  • A personal statement, of no more than two single-spaced pages, that explains the applicant’s interest in the Holocaust and World War II and how the assistantship might further encourage his or her studies in this area.
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or dean at the applicant’s institution that speaks to the applicant’s qualifications. The letter must be signed and on institutional letterhead.

CONTACT

Jo-Ellyn Decker
Program Coordinator
Visiting Scholar Programs
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126
T: 202.314.7829
F: 202.479.9726
SGRA@ushmm.org

SELECTION RESULTS

The Center will notify all applicants of the selection results in late February 2014.

This program is supported by the Albert Abramson Family Foundation.


Employment opportunities at the Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders (BSD), at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD

BSD seeks qualified individuals to fill Research Assistant positions, with employment starting May/June 2014. BSD conducts research on the pathophysiology, treatment and prevention of childhood mental illnesses, with an emphasis on bipolar disorder and severe irritability (SMD) in children. Research assistants are involved in all aspects of the clinical research process, including analyzing data and interacting with patients.

See a detailed ad, including instructions for applying. We would greatly appreciate your help with distributing this information to qualified students. Please feel free to contact me or Lizzie Harkins (lizzie.harkins@nih.gov) with any questions or concerns.


Internship Opportunities

Take advantage of Summer Internships & Programs

Summer Internship Programs at CMC

Neuroscience fellowships, internships, and research opportunities

  • APA Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Internships
  • National Institute for Health Internships & Summer Program in the Neurological Sciences and Other Neuroscience Research Training and Funding Opportunities
  • University of Michigan: Presentation about Graduate Study in Psychology & Neuroscience - Thursday, May 2, 2013
  • See other internship opportunities the Psychology and Neuroscience Summer Internships brochure.

  • Summer Institutes

    • University 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


    Graduate School

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

    Other Good Links from Scripps College Psychology:



    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

    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

    Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference
    Submission Deadline: end of March
    Conference: mid May

    UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC UCLA)
    Submission Deadline: mid February
    Conference: beginning of May

    Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC UC-Berkeley)
    Submission Deadline: end of March
    Conference: end of April

    Psychology Research Fair
    Submission Deadline: mid February
    Conference: mid/end of April

    Annual Summer Institute in Political Psychology (SIPP)
    Submission Deadline: mid March
    Conference: mid July to beginning of August