Internships

Psychology majors are encouraged to seek internships throughout the Des Moines area.  Many fine organizations have provided Simpson students with valuable learning experiences.  The organizations below are representative of where our students commonly intern.

Orchard Place, Des Moines

  • Orchard Place provides residential and outpatient mental health services for  troubled children and teens.  The organization was started in 1886 as an orphanage and has evolved through the years as a place for youth to go in order to create more promising futures.  There are four branches of Orchard Place: substance abuse, mental health, education needs and juvenile justice needs.

Genesis Development, Indianola

  • Genesis Development is a non-profit organization that helps those with disabilities.  There are 12 locations throughout Iowa with one in Indianola.  The organization offers everything from residential services to transition services.  Genesis uses the process of goal setting in order address the needs of individuals in their care.

Youth Homes of Mid America, Johnston

  • Youth Homes of Mid-America (YHMA) is a non-profit organization that provides services for at-risk children who have emotional, behavioral and education difficulties.  YHMA is also willing to work with the family to create a good home environment for the youth.  They offer six programs from residential treatment to monitoring first-time juvenile offenders.

On With Life, Ankeny

  • On with Life is an organization dedicated to brain injury rehabilitation.  Their goal is to help people who have had a brain injury to be able to get on with their life and not let the injury hold them back.  Workers have the ability to tailor a program to that patient’s specific needs.

Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS), Des Moines

  • Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to serve the youth of Iowa.  YESS provides a variety of services such as emergency shelter, crisis intervention and counseling.  It is designed as a safe place for children to go when they need it.  YESS also works with the families of the youth it serves.

Young Women’s Resource Center, Des Moines

  • Young Women’s Resource Center (YWRC) provides support and education for young women 10-17 years old.  The program fosters improved self-esteem,  reproductive health, and healthy relationships.  YWRC helps the girls develop their dreams and to pursue them.