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In the Field - Community Internships

Community Internship placements involve such agencies as community mental health centers, psychiatric centers, geriatric centers, developmental centers, police departments, etc. The placements are selected so that they provide students with a broad spectrum of psychological training under the guidance of licensed psychologists who have specialized training in their particular area. Placements often provide a broad training model, although emphasis on behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions are usually preferred. We only place students in situations where we feel that psychology operates as an independent discipline and preference is given to those placements which will pay students for their internship experience.

Students are sent for interviews to the placements and, if they are accepted, an Internship Agreement is sent to the internship agency. This agreement explains the respective responsibilities of the internship agencies and the university. As with the School Internship, evaluation forms are sent to the agency twice each year, at midyear and at the end of the training experience. Supervisors are encouraged to evaluate the students and to show the student the evaluation form prior to returning it to the University. This process insures that formal feedback to the student is provided on at least two occasions. Community internships pay, on average approximately $7000 yearly for a three day per week placement.

Both Community and School Internship placements are closely monitored by the Psychology Department and students are asked to evaluate the nature and quality of their experience at their internships. This process insures that we are able to provide the most valuable experiences to our students and it also helps the internship placements to maintain a standard of excellence in training.

On the following pages you will find the Internship Evaluation Form which is completed by your supervisor(s) and another form used for students to evaluate their community placements.


  • Acquisition of knowledge of specific approaches to community service or to mental health service delivery.
  • Developing an awareness of the daily operation of the health delivery system and of its organization.
  • Developing interviewing, counseling, and therapy skills for individuals and families.
  • Developing consultation skills which permit the practitioner to work with the organization, family, and individual.
  • Developing a knowledge of program planning development, and evaluation.
  • Developing skill in using particular psychodiagnostic measures and tools.

As with the School Internship, the Community Internship entails a minimum of two hours of supervision per week by a licensed psychologist. At least one hour per week must be individual face to face supervision. The other hour can be group supervision. Community Internships must also adhere to the criteria for internship placements as detailed above.


Name of SettingSupervisorStudent Interns
Hofstra Counseling Service John Guthman, Ph.D. Dawn Opitz
South Nassau Communities Hospital Rosemary O'Regan, Ph.D. Yesinia Flores & Jessie Poveromo
Holliswood Hospital Marc Lazarus, Ph.D. Victoria Roger & Sara Girard
NY Cognitive Therapy & Wellness Ctr. Jen Lancaste, Ph.D. & Michael Besio, Psy.D. Kerri Lombardo, & Kathleen Ozimkowski
Coney Island Hospital Howard Eismen, Ph.D. Kahtleen O'Keefe
Long Island Counseling Center Claude-Aline Charles, Psy.D. Michelle Richards
Melillo Center for Mental Health Inc. Daniel Vogrin, Ph.D. Nikki Gustavson & Sebastian Saylor

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