Internships at APA

Internships at APA
Learn more about internship opportunities at the American Psychological Association, apply and find resources for continuing education in psychology.

About the Internship Program

The American Psychological Association Internal Internship Program (IIP) operates within APA’s Vision of Transformation and supports the APA brand in institutions across the United States and abroad. The internship program is housed within the Education Directorate, whose goals are “to enhance the quality of teaching and learning outcomes, meet the demands of a multiracial society through education and training, and increase financial and policy support for education and training.” You will work in a non-profit membership association with over 115,000 members. The APA Internal Internship Program is NOT an accredited program nor is it facility treatment based.

Our Mission, Goals and Objectives

Today is a critical time in history for us to educate the public about the science of psychology. This program is designed for students who are passionate about psychology and applying psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives. Our internship program will allow students to develop applicable knowledge and skills, build an understanding of non-traditional career paths in psychology, and generate a valuable professional network.

What You Will Learn

We have a variety of positions (i.e., policy, research, communications, operations, ITS, financial services) available to fit individual interests within APA. Learning outcomes will vary throughout departments and offices. For a more detailed description of each position, review the listing of APA offices that recruit interns. Interns will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities within his/her office that will apply theoretical knowledge to practice and foster a better understanding of a workplace environment in professional psychology. Interns will report directly to their supervisor for daily tasks and support for overall learning objectives. Interns may also attend workshops, discussions, participate in group projects or other various tasks.

Summer Internship Program

Students selected for summer internships at APA will have the opportunity to take part in additional programming and activities throughout the summer. This allows interns to go more in-depth with topics relevant to young professionals in psychology, such as applying to graduate school, networking, research, resume and cover letter writing, and federal advocacy. Interns will have weekly opportunities to interact with other interns and learn more about Washington, D.C. and APA, through various activities and outings.

Application Process

APA offers year-round (spring, summer, fall, winter) internships in our Washington, D.C. office only. Students must be enrolled at least part-time in an academic institution to be eligible for an internship with APA.

For students under the age of 18, an official District of Columbia Work Permit must be submitted with your application. Additional information about the D.C. Work Permit can be found online.

We offer two types of internship positions:

  • Paid: Requires a cover letter, resume and writing sample.
  • Academic Credit (unpaid): Requires a cover letter, resume and writing sample. If selected, you will be required to submit a letter from your institution on academic institution letterhead. A sample letter is available for download (PDF, 68KB). 

Interested students can apply for up to 3 internships only. A separate application is required for each internship that you apply to. Please combine and upload all application materials (resume, cover letter and writing sample) into one document before submitting.

Please note that we are unable to acknowledge each applicant; only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by the hiring manager. If you have any additional questions, please visit Frequently Asked Questions About APA Internships or send an email to internship@apa.org.

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The American Psychological Association is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected categories covered under local law.