Internships, Research, and Careers

Psychology majors complete an internship or advanced research project. These experiences give students valuable hands-on experience that prepares them for employment or continued education after graduation. Graduates from Viterbo’s psychology program use their degree in a variety of careers, some continuing on to graduate school to further their education.

Recent Student Internship Placements

  • Family and Children’s Center
  • Partners in Excellence (outpatient autism therapy)
  • YMCA Teen Center
  • Behavioral Health units at local hospitals (Mayo, Gundersen Lutheran)
  • Various local counseling service agencies
  • AMS of Wisconsin (Medication assisted treatment and counseling services for adults with substance use disorders)

Recent Student Research Projects

  • “Compassion Satisfaction and Fatigue: Caring for Aging Populations”
    Student: Naomi Meinertz; Faculty Research Mentor: Stephanie Thorson-Olesen
  • “An Exploration of the Relationship between Grit and Risk of Substance Abuse Relapse: A Pilot Study”
    Student: Theresa Hostert; Faculty Research Mentor: David Saunders-Scott
  • “Kids Say the Darnedest Things: Preschoolers’ Descriptions of Relations between Objects”
    Students: Kaite Olund and Holly Skretta; Faculty Research Mentor: Liza Ware

Recent Alumni Jobs

  • Psychometrist, Gundersen Lutheran
  • Behavioral Specialist, Partners in Excellence
  • Substance Abuse Counselor/Monitor, Attic Corrections
  • Program Aid, Family and Children’s Center
  • Program Manager, Creative Community Living Solutions
  • Classroom Assistant, Chileda
  • Youth Worker, YMCA After School Program
  • Service Coordinator, Travis County Integral Care
  • Youth Program Manager, Innovative Services
  • Social Work Associate, VA Medical Center
  • Residential Counselor, In-Patient FOCUS at Rogers Memorial Hospital
  • Customer Services Representative, APAC
  • AmeriCorps Volunteer, RISE

Recent Alumni Graduate Programs

  • Iowa State University (M.S./PhD, Human and Family Studies)
  • Edgewood College (M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy)
  • South University (Austin, TX) (M.A., Clinical Counseling)
  • UW-La Crosse (M.S., Student Affairs Administration; M.S., Therapeutic Recreation)
  • UW-Milwaukee (M.S. Administrative Leadership)
  • University of St. Thomas (MSW; M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy)
  • UW-Oshkosh, Whitewater, and Stout (M.S., Mental Health Counseling)
  • Viterbo University (M.S., Mental Health Counseling)
  • Winona (M.S., Community Counseling, School Counseling)

Interested in more options? The American Psychological Association maintains a careers in psychology informational site.