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Psychology Externship

The Drexel University Counseling Center offers a 12-month Psychology Externship training program for four students who are enrolled in doctoral-level graduate programs in Counseling or Clinical Psychology.


Externship positions are available for graduate students in their third year, or higher, of their doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology. It is expected that all Externs have completed basic coursework in counseling and counseling theory. It is preferred that Externs have had some clinical practical experience in the psychology field. All Externs are required to have their own malpractice insurance.

Position Description

The Drexel University Counseling Center offers a 12-month Externship for up to 20 hours a week, which equates to 2-and-a-half days on site. The majority of the time will be spent providing individual counseling to our undergraduate and graduate student population. Externs will also provide groups and workshops, and outreach on a variety of psychoeducational topics to the Drexel community. Externs receive one hour of weekly individual supervision with a licensed psychologist and one hour of group supervision per week. Externs will also participate in trainings by off-campus professionals and members of the Counseling Center and Drexel faculty. Externs will have the opportunity to develop skills in interviewing, assessment, crisis intervention, consultation and treatment planning. They will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for treatment planning as their skills and understanding increase. They will also be encouraged to integrate different theoretical perspectives in their practice.

Background Checks

Drexel University strives to provide the safest possible environment for all in the University community, including Student Workers, Faculty, Professional Staff, Temporary Staff, Non-Employee Associates, Volunteers, and Finalist Candidates. This policy supports the University’s efforts to minimize institutional risk and assists hiring authorities in making sound hiring decisions.

Applicants should note that under the revised Drexel University Background Check Policy, the University will require all new hires to have their background check clearance from Human Resources prior to starting employment. There is a provision in the policy for a waiver that would possibly allow a new hire to start work prior to obtaining the clearances if certain specific criteria are met. In addition, all new and current Drexel faculty, professional staff (including those affiliated with a collective bargaining unit), student workers, volunteers, temporary staff and non-employee associates who have direct contact with minors (which includes Drexel students under the age of 18) must undergo the Act 153 background checks, which include: FBI Fingerprinting, PA State Police Criminal Record Check (PATCH) and PA Child Abuse History Clearance. These checks are valid for 36 months. Those individuals who have already obtained the Act 153 clearances through Drexel are not required to renew them for 36 months from the issuance date.

Since under the law a minor is considered to be anyone under the age of 18, Human Resources will be conducting background checks for all current faculty, TAs and GAs who teach freshman classes and/or labs or are involved in programs that include minors. Those covered under this policy will not be permitted to have any contact with minors until the Act 153 background checks are completed and cleared by HR.


The University will conduct background investigations on Faculty, Professional Staff Members, Student Workers, Volunteers, Temporary Staff, Non-Employee Associates, and Finalist Candidates to determine or verify background information. This is to ensure that individuals who serve the University are well qualified, have a strong potential to be productive and successful, and have accurately presented their background and qualifications in oral representations and in written materials including the Application for Employment Form and résumé.

The University complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which regulates the use of information gathered by consumer reporting agencies and which may determine an individual’s eligibility for employment, credit or insurance. Results of the background investigation are kept confidential by Human Resources, but may be shared on a strict need-to-know basis.

The University reserves the right to decline an Applicant or Finalist Candidate or to discipline, revoke the privileges of and/or terminate any Faculty, Professional Staff Member, Student Worker, Volunteer, Temporary Staff Member, Non-Employee Associate or other person to whom this policy applies, who has provided false, misleading, erroneous, or deceptive information on an application, résumé, or during an interview or who has omitted material information during the hiring process. The University reserves the right to share false, misleading, erroneous and deceptive information to probation officers and other appropriate authorities. Drexel University reserves the right to conduct a background investigation at any time as a matter of law or based on the nature of the position. Please review the Background Check Policy at: and direct any questions related to Act 153 Background Checks to Monée Pressley, HR Compliance Specialist, at 215.895.6245.

Application Process

Please begin submitting application materials after Dec. 15, 2017.

Application Deadline: Jan. 16, 2018.
Applications will be reviewed and interviews offered between Jan. 22, 2018 and Feb. 23, 2018. 

Interested applicants should submit a copy of their curriculum vita or resume, along with a cover letter explaining interest in the Externship program. Interested applicants can submit their materials via email at (preferable) or sending it to:

Tania Czarnecki Wismar, PsyD
Training Director
Drexel University Counseling Center
1505 Race St.
Bellet Building, Suite 315
Philadelphia PA 19102