• Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
    School Psychology Internship

    The Psychological Services Department views the internship as an integrative, structured learning experience that sets the foundation for future ethical practice and professional knowledge development. Interns are provided an opportunity to gain practical experience and develop competencies in an applied setting.

    The Department strives to prepare the aspiring school psychologist to be a reflective practitioner and effective problem-solver in various areas of skill, practice, and application, who is capable of delivering a wide range of services. This is accomplished through exposure to broad-based experiences that reflect the varied functions and services that the school psychologist provides to children, families, and school communities.

    Opportunities are provided for the intern to pursue individual interests and research throughout the course of the year. It is anticipated that this will lead to an area of concentrated study and/or specialty that would supplement the intern’s general training. A comprehensive training plan is developed based on the individual intern’s interests, experiences, competencies, and needs. The intern is expected to set goals that fit within the framework of the internship experience.

    The Department emphasizes a developmental model of training and support as the intern gradually transitions from student to practitioner. A large and experienced staff is available for mentoring and peer consultation, in addition to directed supervision provided through shadowing and modeling, observation and assessment of professional skills, and guided independent practice.

    Internship Experiences

    • Assessment
    • Consultation
    • Counseling/interventions
    • Presentations/staff development
    • Development of professional resources
    • Organization of Intern Training Program
    • Orientation and transition to practice in the field
    • Organized sequence of activities under supervision
    • Opportunities for visits and rotations to special programs
    • Primary supervisor with additional mentoring and peer consultation
    • Assumption of major responsibility for one school at start of second semester
    • Intern Training Sequence (flexible)
    • Tuesday through Thursday in schools
    • Individual supervision 2 hrs. weekly minimum
    • Reserved office day
    • Fridays reserved for case study/assessment group, visits to agencies/programs, speakers


    This position currently pays a stipend of $20,000 for the academic year. Additionally, the intern may be considered for employment the year following his/her internship, should a position become available. WSFCS reserves the right to extend such an offer based on evaluation of the intern’s performance and supervisor feedback.


    Application materials include the following and should be received by e-mail and/or postmarked by February 20, 2024

    • A letter from your program director confirming your eligibility and readiness for the internship
    • A letter of interest
    • A curriculum vitae/resume
    • A brief description of school psychologist's training experiences
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • A copy of graduate transcripts (s)
    • Completed Internship Application


    Heather Schwickrath, Director, Psychological Services
    Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
    Psychological Services Department
    P. O. Box 2513
    Winston-Salem, NC 27102 

     Questions? 336-727-8080 or hmschwickrath@wsfcs.k12.nc.us