Chariton Valley Association
  • Kirksville, MO, USA
  • 13.00
  • Hourly
  • Paid Internship

Paid Psychology Internship Credit for your Work at Chariton Valley Association

Human Services and Psychology have a lot in common. If you are a Truman State University student, and an employee at Chariton Valley Association, you can apply to earn internship credit towards your psychology degree. The internship takes advantage of your experience working with people, and provides structured opportunities for learning and reflection.

If you are interested in applying for internship credit, the first steps is to identify a TSU psychology faculty supervisor and apply for an Direct Support Professional position at Chariton Valley. The supervisor can help guide you through the rest of the process. Any full-time Truman psychology faculty member can be an internship supervisor. You can also contact the TSU Department Chair of Psychology Robert Tigner, PhD at for more information about the psychology internship and working at Chariton Valley.

The following information gives detailed requirements of the internship, and comes directly from the TSU internship packet:

Before you are eligible for a Psychology internship, you must:

  • Be a Junior or Senior (60 or more earned credit hours)
  • Have a Truman GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Choose either 5, 10, or 15 credits for your internship
    • 15 credit internships are only for full Fall/Spring semesters
      • (You can earn up to 15 credits total, so if you work for Chariton Valley for a full year, you could earn 5 credits each Summer, Fall, and Spring, to total 15).
    • Arrange with a department faculty member to serve as your Truman supervisor
    • Identify a location for your internship (you would identify Chariton Valley)
    • Identify someone at your internship site to be your On-Site Supervisor
    • Obtain a letter/email from your Truman Supervisor describing assignments to be evaluated & graded
    • Obtain a letter/email from the On-Site Supervisor outlining your expected duties
    • Complete a Psychology Internship Application (available at t
    • Obtain all approval signatures on the Application prior to posted deadlines
    • Enroll in PSYC471 and PSYC472 prior to posted deadlines

During your Internship, you must:

  • Conduct 40 hours of work for each credit hour you earn (PSYC471 & 472 hours combined)
    • 5 credit hours = 200 hours; 10 credit hours = 400 hours; 15 credit hours = 600 hours
  • Represent Truman well by being punctual, courteous, and professional at all times
  • Complete a written assignment each week to submit to your Truman supervisor
    • The details of this assignment should be worked out in advance with your Truman supervisor
  • Meet with your On-Site supervisor for a structured evaluation once every 5 weeks
    • 1 evaluation for a 5-week internship; 2 for 10-week internships; 3 for 15-weeks
    • A copy of this completed evaluation must be forwarded to your Truman supervisor

Following your Internship, you must:

  • Complete a final written assignment at the conclusion of your internship
    • The details of this assignment should be worked out in advance with your Truman supervisor
  • Complete the Intern Evaluation Form
  • Meet with your Truman supervisor to discuss your experience
  • OPTIONAL: Accept an invitation to speak to other students about your internship experience

Below is a brief description of the Direct Support Professional position at Chariton Valley, and the benefits offered during your paid internship:

At Chariton Valley Association (CVA), we EMPOWER people with disabilities to achieve their highest level of independence through high-quality, and diverse support services.

CVA is currently seeking Part-time and Full-Time Direct Support Professional staff for all shifts including nights and weekends. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone seeking field experience in health care, mental health human services, or the non-profit sector.

The Direct Support Professional (DSP):

  • Aids and assists with all self-help skills as deemed necessary, while striving to help the individual in developing progress towards specified goals.
  • Participates in any activities or programs to ensure enjoyable and constructive use of time.
  • Provides general nursing care for medication administration, hygiene tasks, and nutrition. (Dependent upon program)
  • Provides the necessary guidance to individuals as specified in their Individual Support Plan (ISP) to assist the individual in becoming more independent.
  • Assists individuals in maintaining a safe, clean and comfortable living environment by performing general housekeeping duties, which may include making beds, cooking meals, laundry, care of equipment, etc.
  • Develops and utilizes skills necessary to make pertinent behavioral observations.
  • Develops awareness of the individual's Individual Support Plan (ISP).
  • Observes, institutes, and records the individual's progress towards the annual Individual Support Plan (ISP) goals.
  • Participates in the development of the Individual Support Plan (ISP) for each individual.
  • Provides input to monthly staffing meetings.
  • Assists individuals in actively participating in their community including but not limited to shopping, paying bills, as well as recreational activities.


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid Driver's License, car insurance and dependable vehicle
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Physical ability to push, pull or lift 15 to 20 lbs. regularly
  • Caring, compassionate, with an interest in helping others succeed

Salary: $13.00 /per hour with raise at 6 months.

Job Type: Part-Time

Benefits include:

  • Company Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that include
    • Discount Center
    • Legal & Counseling services
    • Wellness Center
  • Supplemental insurance options from Aflac including:
    • Critical Care & Illness
    • Accident insurance
    • Short Term disability
    • Dental and Vision insurance options
    • Term Life insurance
  • ID/Legal Shield
    • Exclusive discount for Identity Theft and Legal services subscription.
  • PAID TRAINING may include, and not limited to:
    • DMH Level 1 Medication Administration certification
    • CPR and First Aid certification
    • Mandt certification
    • Abuse and Neglect training
    • Annual HIPAA, Confidentiality, and Universal Precautions and PPE trainings.

Schedule/Availability: Based on the needs of the program, including nights and weekends. Part-Time employees can work up to a maximum 29 hours a week.

Career Advancement:

Self-motivated individuals that wish to move forward on their career path will find many opportunities at Chariton Valley Association. From Direct Support to Supervisory and Management, this may be the lifelong career that could enrich your life and secure your future.

EEO Statement

Chariton Valley Association is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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