As an undergraduate student at Huntington University, Jill Clements, a psychology major, interned under Nadine DeSanto, a school psychologist for Huntington Whitley Special Services during the fall of 2005. And when she went to graduate school at Indiana State University, she experienced the benefits.
“Of the other students in the incoming cohort,” Clements said, “I am the only student who was able to intern under a school psychologist as an undergraduate. What an advantage.”
The ERC set up this beneficial internship for Clements because of her dream job — to become a school psychologist. She explained that psychology majors at Huntington University are trained in psychopathology and graduate with a solid understanding of psychological disorders.
“I had the knowledge,” she said, “My internship gave me the experience.”
The experience included responsibility. In the beginning, Clements was only a shadow. She followed DeSanto to learn what a school psychologist does day in and day out. She attended case conferences and observed the administration of several achievement and intelligence tests.
As time went by, her responsibility grew. Soon she was administering the Woodcock-Muños Language Survey to non-native, English-speaking students. She said it was one of the most interesting aspects of her internship.
Through all of this, Clements gained countless skills, including both oral and written communication skills.
“However, most importantly,” she said, “I gained the ability to see a child’s situation from several perspectives — the child’s, the parent’s, the teacher’s, the administrator’s and the school’s.”
Clements was pursuing her master’s and educational specialist’s degrees in school psychology in graduate school. She said the ERC internship only confirmed her desire to go into school psychology.
“Without hesitation, I would recommend the ERC. I would like to thank the ERC staff, and especially Mrs. DeSanto, for allowing me the experience.”
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