College Summer Internship in Psychology

Applications for 2024 Summer Internship now Open!

Serve as a "confederate" in therapy sessions, collect data, and serve as Psychologists' assistants in this innovative organization that treats phobias in children. Apply early for this competitive internship!

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Opportunities and Responsibilities

  • Receive weekly Professional Development Seminars focused on graduate school preparation, including hearing presenters talk about their graduate school path in various disciplines (social work, psychology, education, etc.) to help you decide your own path
  • Learn about the logistics of graduate school funding and how to minimize student loans
  • Gain a better understanding of the various graduate school paths and life after graduate school
  • Participate in weekly Intern Group Meetings focused on learning about group process
  • Attend a 2-day selective mutism training seminar
  • Serve as “confederates” in therapy sessions for children with selective mutism
  • Assist the ATSA Team with daily clinic duties and routine
  • Gain experience in completing phone intakes and triage of calls
  • Have the opportunity to submit abstracts for conference presentations
  • Gain experience in marketing a psychology practice, including social media outlets
  • Serve as a psychologist’s assistant during ATSA’s Adventure Camp for children with selective mutism
  • Complete your internship by gaining hands-on clinical experience working directly with children at Adventure Camp!

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Please note, this internship is unpaid and follows the criteria required for unpaid internships.


  • 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher is recommended, open to all majors (psychology majors strongly preferred)
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Organized, responsible, and interpersonally effective
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work well independently, with minimal supervision 
  • Ability to work collaboratively among a team of interns and staff
  • Ability to intern in-person at ATSA clinic, June 3rd - August 9th, Tuesday - Friday, 9am - 5pm (with extended hours during Adventure Camp week)

How to Apply 

Please submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • Personal Statement (please include a photo of yourself) 
  • College Transcript
  • 2 letters of recommendation, with “Recommendation for [NAME]” in the subject line 

NOTE: Only when we have received your submission and letters of recommendation from your references will your application be considered complete and eligible for review.  

Email application materials

Round 1:
Application Deadline: Friday, January 19, 2024, 11:59pm Central Time
Interview Dates: February  - March 2024
Notification Day: All applicants will be notified by April 15.
Round 2: There are no round two dates for 2024 recruitment

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Living Arrangements

ATSA does NOT provide housing but we want to support you in your search to find options. Are you out-of-state or living in Illinois but too far from Oak Brook for a daily commute? We have collected a list of previous ATSA interns' advice for finding housing options that offer 10-week rentals. 

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Interns Blog

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Previous Interns

ATSA started offering our 10-week internships in 2014 and the interns have continued to impress us throughout the years! Learn more about our past interns by clicking on the corresponding year(s) below!

2023 Summer Interns

2022 Summer Interns

2021 Summer Interns

2020 Summer Interns

2019 Summer Interns

2018 Summer Interns

2017 Summer Interns

2016 Summer Interns

2015 Summer Interns

2014 Summer Interns

Why Do a Summer Internship in Psychology?

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Congrats to 2022 Intern Mudmee on her second poster presentation!

Congrats to 2022 Interns Mudmee and Hannah!

Mudmee and Hannah presented a Case Example at the SCCUR Conference in November!

2022 Intern Moments

Interns participating during a group "circle time" exposure therapy session for our AC patients.

Interns learning the do's and don'ts about applying to graduate school from a panel of NIU Ph.D. Clinical Psych graduate students at one of our weekly Professional Development Seminars.

Interns at the Adventure Camp 2022 Counselor Training learning about PCIT-SM and exposure therapy.

Intern Mudmee in the therapy "confederate" role, pretending to be a car salesperson during a patient's exposure therapy session.

Megan, Hannah, and Lana are assisting the Intake Coordinator, Iris, in counting inventory of "recess" items for Adventure Camp week.

During orientation week, the interns learned about ATSA’s values and responsibilities, practiced CDI and VDI skills, and became HIPAA trained. During one training activity, the winning interns chose a prize for the team to share: Stan's donuts!


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Learn more about Adventure Camp!

Adventure Camp

Status Updates:

  • 2024 Recruitment has begun!
  • Round 1 Priority Deadline: January 19, 2024

  • Round 2 Deadline: No Round 2 for 2024

Why Internship?

If you're pursuing a career in psychology, You will soon discover that doctoral programs in clinical psychology are extremely competitive.

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