Psychology graduate internship and undergraduate placement programme

What is a psychology graduate internship?

An internship is where a psychology graduate undertakes voluntary work to gain relevant professional experience in order to further their career.

We know that it can be hard to get started on a career in applied psychology and that one of the bottlenecks is access to suitable experience. We are regularly contacted by psychology graduates who are looking to undertake voluntary work in order to gain relevant professional experience that will help them embark on a career in mental health. As a teaching trust we are addressing this by offering coordinated opportunities for graduates to gain experience working in our services. And this is not just about helping you out; our service users benefit significantly from the quality enhancements to our activities that volunteer graduates can offer. The aim of the programme is to maximise equality of opportunity, reduce the risk of exploitation, and to be in line with good practice guidelines and employment law.

The psychology graduate Internship programme provides a framework for psychology graduates to volunteer with teams for 1 to 3 days a week, for a period of 3 to 12 months. In return for your time, as an intern you will learn skills and gain experience which we hope will help support your career progression. 

We are excited to be able to offer high quality internships across Sussex. These positions support specific projects across our clinical, training, audit and research activities. For more details please read our psychology graduate internship presentation.

What is a psychology undergraduate placement?

A psychology undergraduate placement is for students who are between their 2nd and 3rd year of study. Students whilst on their placement are still enrolled on their psychology degree and are therefore supported by their student loans. These placements are organised in partnership with universities who require students to be on placement for a full academic year (starting in October) and be at work at least 4 days per week.