Washington State Association
of School Psychologists    


  Uniting school psychologists to support all students through advocacy, leadership, and professional development. 

Internship Information

What is a School Psychology Internship?

A school psychology internship is a collaboration between the student’s training program and the field site to provide real world context in which to practice skills learned in the classroom and to learn new information that can only be obtained on the job. The intern, even at the beginning of the school year, can do “real work” for the district: special education student qualification, re-evaluations, cognitive/intelligence assessments, observation and report writing. Through these experiences, the intern learns not only the application of practical skills but the attitudes, values and problem-solving strategies of a school psychologist. All internship work must be done under the supervision of an experienced school psychologist; the intern is not yet able to function on their own, in their own buildings or with their own caseload. Internships in Washington follow the guidelines of the National Association of School Psychologists and consist of a minimum 1200 hour experience that is the culmination of classroom instruction and follows a practicum experience.

Interns must receive an average of at least two hours of field-based supervision per full-time week from a credentialed school psychologist who has a minimum of three years of full-time experience. Both the site supervisor and the intern must agree in writing on the responsibilities of the training program and internship site for providing supervision, support, and evaluation. As the year progresses, interns transition from the role of a learner/student into a fully functioning school psychologist.

Internships generally start before the school year begins and end in the last weeks of the school year. It is considered a full-time placement.

Why does hiring an intern benefit my district?

School districts find multiple benefits from establishing and maintaining internship programs including:

  • Easy identification of solid applicants who have worked in their district and know their system come hiring season
  • Continual updates on best-practices through intern activities and expectations from the training programs
  • Access to resources and experts
  • Professional development opportunities for supervising school psychologists
  • Collaborative opportunities between districts and universities

How do I become an established internship site?

Most school districts become internship site by advertising their internship openings in the spring. Districts will hold interview for each internship spot. Sites that offer paid internship attract the most applicants. 

If you are interested in becoming an internship site, please send us an email (interns@wsasp.org) and we will send your request out to the program directors of our state school psychology programs.

The internship experience provides a real world context in which to practice skills learned in the classroom and to learn new information that can only be obtained on the job. Besides practical skills, the intern learns the attitudes, values and problem-solving strategies of a school psychologist.
The internship experience provides a real world context in which to practice skills learned in the classroom and to learn new information that can only be obtained on the job. Besides practical skills, the intern learns the attitudes, values and problem-solving strategies of a school psychologist.
experience provides a real world context in which to practice skills learned in the classroom and to learn new information that can only be obtained on the job. Besides practical skills, the intern learns the attitudes, values and problem-solving strategies of a school psychologist.
Internships in Washington follow the guidelines of the National Association of School Psychologists and consist of a minimum 1200 hour experience that is the culmination of at least two years of classroom instruction and follows a practicum experience.
Internships in Washington follow the guidelines of the National Association of School Psychologists and consist of a minimum 1200 hour experience that is the culmination of at least two years of classroom instruction and follows a practicum experience.
Washington State Association of School Psychologists
PO Box 525
Cheney, WA 99004
contact@wsasp.org

509-724-1587
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