HPU Psychology Department And PSI CHI Honor Society Host Internship Event

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 17, 2009 – The High Point University Department of Psychology and its chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, co-sponsored an internship event on March 25. Attendees were provided with information regarding the university?s internship program and had an opportunity to hear about the process of becoming an intern from a panel of speakers. 
Among those speaking at the internship panel was Beth Waters, a graduate of HPU’s Evening Degree Program in 2005 who received her B.S. in Psychology and later her M.S. in Social Work from UNC Greensboro and North Carolina A&T University. Her talk focused on her daily experiences at her internship site, and how her internship experience helped her to secure employment after graduation.
Waters completed an academic internship at the North Carolina Department of Corrections in Salisbury, a medium-security facility, during spring 2006. Following her internship, she was offered her first job there upon graduating from HPU.
Samantha Darnell, a current Psychology major at HPU, also spoke about her internship experience with Warren and Associates in Winston-Salem, a forensic psychology practice primarily responsible for the evaluation of individuals about to be convicted or tried for criminal actions. 
In addition, attendees also heard Michael McGuire, clinical director of the Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, discuss the internship experience from the perspective of a potential supervisor. His talk focused on the academic and personal qualities that characterize successful interns as well as a detailed discussion of his work in the Children?s Home, a residential treatment and adoption center.   
The event closed with a presentation by Dr. Deborah Danzis, the department’s internship coordinator, which focused on understanding the internship process, the requirements needed for students to apply for an academic internship, and important information regarding contacts and Internet-based resources for developing a student internship program.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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