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Internships offer real-life exposure to specific fields. JCU Psychology majors have gained valuable professional experience through internships in businesses and human service agencies throughout Greater Cleveland and beyond. Psychology majors often complete an internship based on their interest in our concentrations: Child and Family Studies, Forensic Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Mental Health Services.

Monarch Center for Autism at Bellefaire

  • Work alongside health care professionals in the field of autism while providing assistant and supportive treatment under the supervision of professionals to individuals with autism.
  • Learn about the visual-language based Monarch Model for treating autism.
  • Work with language/speech pathologists, physical therapists, art therapists.
  • Teach children how to generalize skills taught.
  • Note: You must be 21 years of age for all sites, and all require one-day orientation, background check, and TB tests, etc.
Four placement options
  • Monarch Center for Autism (children/adolescents with autism): Work with children with autism in a center-based school setting. Availability Monday through Friday 8:15 am – 4:00 pm
    • Can take for 1-3 credits at 480 level psychology elective credit
    • Could walk to site
    • Possible internship placements – speech/language pathology, art therapy, classroom placement, etc.
    • Times can be broken into two 3 hour segments. (for example: Mondays 1-3pm and Wednesdays 9am-12pm)
  • Monarch Lifeworks Adult Services settings: Vocational Habilitation: Availability Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
    • Can take for 1-3 credits at 480 level psychology elective credit
    • Need a car (at Fairmount and Lee Rd)
  • Monarch Lifeworks Adult Services settings Supported Living homes: Availability Monday through Friday 2:00 pm-8:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday :00 am-8:00 pm
    • Can take for 1-3 credits at 480 level psychology elective credit
      Many sites you can walk to from campus
  • YEAR LONG Peer mentorship experience. Once per month on the weekends (Saturday night or Sunday afternoon for 1-2 hours).
  • Work with young adults and teens with autism under the supervision of speech and language pathologists, planning, developing and participating in social events in the community with individuals with autism living in supported living homes.
    • Can take 2 credits (1 credit each semester) at the 480 level psychology elective.
    • In addition to the social event on the weekend, this placement would require a monthly planning meeting with Dr. Masterson to develop social programming.
    • Car needed
Course Credit
  • Accepted internship students may receive 1 to 3 hours of course credit by enrolling in PS 487A, B or C.
  • Students enrolled in PS 262: Adolescent Development OR PS 455: Child and Adolescent Psychopathology during the Spring 2019 semester may use this internship as the required service learning component of the course.

Questions? Please contact Tracy Masterson, Ph.D., at

Monarch application