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Internships

Below are several recent and ongoing internships our students have participated in:

  • At the Research Campus: Recruited and researched infants/toddlers for Dr. Carol Cheatham's Nutrition and Cognition study on the effects of DHA on cognitive development

  • At Partners in Learning: Worked with autistic children and children with cerebral palsy, training and developing gross and fine motor skills and behavior modification protocols.

  • At the VA Hospital: Internship at the VISN 6 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) conducting research on post deployment mental health, with a focus on mild traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. Several research protocols are ongoing — questionnaires, clinical interviews, neuropsychological testing, and brain imaging.

  • Applied Behavior Specialist Intern:  Implement structured therapeutic activities, developed by an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) specialist, with a 2-year-old child demonstrating the symptoms of autism.

  • Intern at Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services (case management for clients; organization of activities, speakers, and sponsors for a youth summer programs). 

  • Speech and Occupational Therapist Intern:  Implement structured therapeutic activities developed by Speech and Occupational Therapists for an 18-year-old adolescent with autism.

  • Research Assistant:  For members of Psychology Department.

  • Translator:  Spanish translator at the Community Care Clinic.      

  • Guidance Counselor Shadow:  Assist the guidance counselor at North Elementary School implement projects that involve families in school programs.  Work with the guidance counselor to teach lessons to all students in the school, including but not limited to, making healthy choices (emphasis on being drug free), recognizing bullying and knowing what to do in a bullying situation as the victim or bystander, being responsible and respectful, and greeting someone properly.  Lead small groups of students who need help with social skills and anger management as well as observe mediation between students let by the counselor.      

  • Practical Intern:  Work with a male adult diagnosed with expressive and receptive aphasia, and verbal and oral apraxia on his prescribed program,which includes mastering personal information, word recall, auditory and visual picture recognition, visual confrontation naming, picture identification, word stimulation, reading comprehension and picture association, sentence completion and functional vocabulary.      

  • Research Intern:  Assist Dr. Carol Cheatham at the North Carolina Research Center implement research on nutrition and infant memory development by performing pre- and post-assessments with infants age 12-18 months, and interviewing parents for intake and follow-up.     

  • Communities in School Coordinator Assistant:  Assist the coordinator of Communities in Schools at North Elementary School implement projects that involve families in school programs, and mentor students who need skills to increase effective social interactions,  motivation to complete assignments, and support to increase self-confidence in own ability.     
  • Intervention Specialist Intern:  Assist a high school Intervention Specialist implement programs for adolescents and their families to increase student attendance, reduce substance abuse, and overcome academic challenges.  Also, mentor students who need strategies to increase effective social interactions and complete assignments.     

  • Guidance Counselor Shadow:  Assist the guidance counselor at North Elementary School implement projects that involve families in school programs.  Work with the guidance counselor to teach lessons to all students in the school, including but not limited to, making healthy choices (emphasis on being drug free), recognizing bullying and knowing what to do in a bullying situation as the victim or bystander, being responsible and respectful, and greeting someone properly.  Lead small groups of students who need help with social skills and anger management as well as observe mediation between students let by the counselor.     

  • Exceptional Students Assistant:  Work one-on-one with students identified with autism, and assist teachers with one-on-one activities that guide and support the children’s goals on their IEP.    

         
  • Play Therapy Intern:  Learn strategies in play therapy and support for children with special needs and their families and teachers by shadowing and assisting specialists in play therapy and preschool inclusion.