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One of the key academic and professional development experiences our students receive is field experience through internships. There are generally two internships required of the undergraduate student. One internship follows the junior year, after successful completion of prerequisite upper division courses, which prepares students for programming in a variety of settings. This 300-level internship is customarily a summer experience, entailing an 8-week, 320-hour exposure in an approved setting under both agency professional and university faculty supervision. This internship is followed by additional upper division coursework in preparation for the 400-level internship the following summer, entailing a 14-week, 560-hour experience with emphasis on supervision, administrative and management duties. Agency and university supervision is provided. For a more detailed explanation of the internship requirements, please read our handout.
The two internships combined earn the student 9 credit hours toward the degree and enhance preparedness for professional employment. Along with the portfolio, internships fill out the student's profile as a prepared and well-rounded individual ready for the challenges of the profession.The internship process is an important part of the student's education and preparation for their future careers. In the past, students have successfully completed internships at the following:

Bridgeport Hospital
Bay Pines VA Healthcare Center, FL
Community Residence Inc. (CRI)
Connecticut Juvenile Training School  
Connecticut Valley Hospital
Department of Children & Families (DCF)
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)
Department of Veterans Affairs 
Gaylord Rehabilitation Hospital
Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center (SWCMHS)      
Hall-Brooke Behavior Health Services
Haven Healthcare Center of Cromwell
Hospital for Special Care
Institute of Living / Hartford Hospital
Jewish Home for the Elderly 
Kennedy Center, Inc.
Living Independently
Riverview Hospital for Children (DCF)
Salmon Brook Center
SARAH. Inc.                                                                                           
Seminole Manor Nursing Home/Donalsonville Hospital, FL
Sister Anne Virginie Grimes Health Center
VA Hospital-West Haven, CT
VA Hospital-San Diego, CA
VA Hospital-Orlando, FL 
Yale New Haven Hospital - Child Psychiatric Services