Internships & Careers

The Psychology Department at Suffolk University in Boston prepares undergraduates majoring in psychology, graduate students pursuing their master's in mental health counseling, and doctoral students earning their PhDs for influential internships and professional success.

Undergraduate Students

Internships

All Suffolk psychology students are required to complete an academic internship—helping you lay the foundation and gain real-world experience for your future career. PYSCH 340 Professional Development in Psychology and PSYCH 350 the Psychology Internship are offered to help students experience an internship while getting credit and building their professional network. PSYCH 340 is a prerequisite to PSYCH 350. Many students also take advantage of non-credit internships. The Career Development Center can help you find an internship.

Past students have interned at such places as the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, Judge Baker Children’s Center, Samaritans, Bay Cove Human Services, and Autism Research Foundation.

Careers

At its heart, psychology is the study of human behavior, and human behavior is relevant to most careers. Some graduates go on to pursue graduate study and become psychologists, social workers, and mental health counselors. Others work in social and human services, communications, education, health care, nonprofits, and business.

Recent graduates are working at Judge Baker Children’s Center, Melmark New England, and MGH Institute of Health Professions; and studying at Boston University, St. John’s University, and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

The Career Development Center is available to all students, and we highly recommend our students take advantage of this service.

Master's Students

Careers

Our alumni work as direct-service professionals and leaders in a variety of settings—including clinics, hospitals, schools, prisons, college counseling centers, rehabilitation facilities, and day-treatment and outreach programs. Some graduates continue on to doctoral studies. A sampling of recent job titles and employers include:

  • Addiction Treatment Specialist, North Charles, Inc.
  • Investigative Specialist, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Clinical Intern, Massachusetts Correctional Institution Framingham
  • Counselor Intern, Greater Lowell Personal Development Center
  • Community Support Counselor, Riverside Community Care
  • Relapse Prevention Technician, Whitney Academy
  • Education Employment Counselor, Bay Cove Human Services

Doctoral Students

Careers

Our competitive PhD in Clinical Psychology program prepares you for careers in the psychology and mental health fields, from academics and research to hospital and community settings. Your training encompasses psychological research that is grounded in science but informed by the dynamic character of the discipline. The final year of your training is a clinical internship, giving you hands-on experience that will put you in high demand on the job market.

You will find Suffolk Psychology alumni working in the mental health field at hospitals and treatment centers across the United States. For example, some of our recent alumni are working as:

  • Clinical Psychologist at Anxiety Treatment Center of Austin, TX
  • Attending Transplant Psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Brown University
  • Clinical Specialist at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia
  • Program Manager at Portia Bell Hume Behavioral Health & Training in Concord, CA
  • Staff Psychologist at Temple University in Philadelphia

Fellowships

Suffolk PhD students also earn prestigious postdoctoral fellowship positions. Recent graduates have completed their fellowships at:

  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Long Island Jewish Medical
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA
  • Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago
  • Yale Health, New Haven, CT
  • VA Boston Healthcare