Some placements involve working in the community with charities and organisations that support individuals with mental health difficulties, and others involve working with research staff in the Psychology Department on their projects.
Every placement provides students with experience and/or skills that are valuable to both psychological careers and more general graduate level occupations, thus strengthening their CV and enhancing employability. Students apply for placements by uploading a CV and personal statement to the FST Internship website. Applicants are then interviewed by a representative from the host organisation (if community-based) or the host individual (if a research role), plus a member of the scheme’s administrative team.
This recruitment process provides a valuable opportunity for students to practise applying and interviewing before students enter the job market. During their placements, students are encouraged to write a diary documenting their experiences and achievements each week, and to attend a reflective interview at the end of the academic year.