Plainfield, Vt. — Goddard College today announced it received a $25,035 grant from the Vermont Department of Labor to support internships for students in its Master of Arts in Psychology and Counseling program.
Funds from the grant will provide Goddard College students who live and carry out their internships in Vermont with need-based stipends for their fieldwork during the spring and fall 2013 semesters. Each semester, as many as 15 students are eligible to receive the funds.
The funds will also support an assessment of the internship program.
“Students who participate in internship opportunities often have a significant advantage in securing a job after graduation,” Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan said. “This is in part because employers get to know them and see their abilities, and also because they are able to demonstrate to employers that their education has prepared them for the world of work.”
Goddard College students have recently interned at the Central Vermont Community Action Council, Washington County Mental Health Services, the Clara Martin Center and the Vermont State Hospital, among other organizations.
According to Goddard College’s 2011 survey of their MA in Psychology and Counseling graduates that year, 82.1 percent were working in their degree fields of study.
“This innovative partnership between Goddard and the state of Vermont creates a wonderful opportunity for our students to apply their studies directly in the workplace,” Academic Dean Jacqueline Hayes said. “This internship opportunity fits beautifully with Goddard’s educational model, which stresses learning through direct experience in local communities.”
The 2013 spring semester for the low-residency MA in Psychology & Counseling program starts in April, with an application deadline of March 5, 2013.
To find out more information about, or apply to, the MA in Psychology & Counseling program, contact Senior Admissions Counselor David De Lucca at 802.322.1619 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the stipend and internship program, contact Senior Development Office Gerard Holmes at 802.322.1767 or email@example.com
About Goddard College
Initially founded in 1863 as the Goddard Seminary in Barre, Vermont, Goddard College later moved to its current Plainfield, Vermont campus and was chartered in 1938 by founding President Royce “Tim” Pitkin. In 1963, Goddard became the first American college to offer low-residency adult degree programs. Now offering accredited MA, MFA, BA and BFA degree programs from the main campus in Plainfield, Vermont and sites in Seattle and Port Townsend, Washington, Goddard’s low-residency education model offers the best of on-campus and distance education, with experienced faculty advisors, rigorous on-campus residencies, and the freedom to study from anywhere.
The mission of Goddard College is to advance cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world.www.goddard.edu.
Lauren Geiger Moye