Online Psychology Career Center

Online Psychology Career Center

Want tips on how to get into graduate school? Need advice on how to prepare for the Graduate Record Exam, develop an academic vita, or get good letters of recommendation? Want to search through hundreds of job listings in psychology? Then you’ve come to the right place!

The Online Psychology Career Center is designed to be a one-stop resource for psychology students and professionals. Just take a look at Frequently Asked Career Questions, visit the Bibliography of Student Career Resources, or click on one of the topics below.

Table of Contents (click on a category of interest)

Job Listings in Psychology:

   Academic-Oriented Listings
   Listings from Outside the United States
   Analyses of the Job Market in Psychology
   Nonprofit and Service Organizations
   Other Useful Listings

Student Aid, Internships, and Jobs:

   Financial Aid Megasites
   U.S. Government Financial Aid
   Internships in Psychology
   Job Databases

Diversity Resources and Programs:

   Diversity Resources Within Psychology
   National Minority Associations in Psychology
   Local Initiatives to Promote Diversity in Psychology
   Diversity-Related Job Databases
   Other Minority Resources

Career Tips for Psychology Students:

   Career Information and Advice:
   General Information
   PhD-Level Positions
   Graduate School and Job Applications
   Résumés, Vitae, and Letters of Recommendation
   Some Elegant Examples of Curricula Vitae
   Graduate Record Examination
   Test-Taking and Study Tips
   Additional Information for Psychology Students

Graduate Students’ Corner:

   Psychology Sites
   General Sites

Other Student Resources

Job Listings in Psychology

Academic-Oriented Listings:

  • APA Monitor on Psychology
  • APS Employment Ads
  • APS Postdoc Exchange
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • (searchable database)
  • University Affairs (large Canadian site)
  • NIH Jobs, Internships, and Training Opportunities
  • Academic Careers Online (has searchable database)
  • Openings at the National Science Foundation
  • NIMH Employment Opportunities
  • Science Careers (AAAS job forum)
  • The Fulbright Program (Council for International Exchange of Scholars)

Listings from Outside the United States:

  • PsychXchange (Australian Psychological Society)
  • Careers and Job Ads (Canadian Psychological Association)
  • Psychologist Vacancies (New Zealand Psychological Society)
  • Employment Bulletin (Singapore Psychological Society)
  • Science Jobs and Vacancies (from Nature)

Analyses of the Job Market in Psychology:

  • Size of the Job Market by Area of Psychology (APS Observer)
  • Psychologist, Professor Among Top 10 U.S. Jobs (gradPSYCH)
  • Faculty Salaries in Graduate Departments of Psychology (APA)
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook for Psychologists
  • College Board’s Overview of Psychology (requires registration)

Nonprofit and Service Organizations:

  • Nonprofit Career Network
  • The Nonprofit FAQ
  • SERVEnet
  • SocialService.Com
  • Idealist: Action Without Borders

Other Useful Listings:

  • Job Posting Forum (from Social Psychology Network)
  • USAJOBS (U.S. government site with searchable database)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. government site)
  • Careers in Child and Family Policy (searchable database and guide)
  • JobNet (from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology)

Student Aid, Internships, and Jobs

Financial Aid Megasites:

  • FinAid: The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid (comprehensive)
  • FastWeb (searchable database of more than 400,000 scholarships)
  • SuperCollege Scholarship Search (database of more than $1 billion)
  • Scholarship Search (large database from the U.S. College Board)
  • Sallie Mae (more information on financial assistance)

U.S. Government Financial Aid:

  • Funding Education Beyond High School (U.S. Dept. of Education)
  • Student Resources (from the Office of Postsecondary Education)
  • Application for Federal Student Aid (from the U.S. Dept. of Education)

Internships in Psychology:

  • APA Graduate Students Page on Internships
  • Common Interview Questions Asked of Clinical Interns
  • APPIC (has postdoctoral & internship matching program)
  • Accredited Internship and Postdoctoral Programs

Job Databases:

  • MonsterCollege (for college students and recent grads)
  • (database with more than 100,000 jobs)
  • (international database of jobs)
  • (summer and other seasonal employment)
  • College Grad Job Hunter (provides help every step of the way)
  • JobWeb (online complement to Job Choices magazine)
  • (job gateway with searchable database)

Diversity Resources and Programs

Diversity Resources Within Psychology:

  • SPN Mentorship Program (psychology career advice by email)
  • American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program
  • GLBT Alliance in Social and Personality Psychology (SPSP affiliate)
  • Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (from the American Psychological Assn.)
  • Guidebooks and Resources for Students of Color (from the APA)
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues
  • Diversity in Undergraduate and Precollege Education (from the APA)
  • RiSE-UP (formerly the Ethnic Minority Concerns Committee of APSSC)
  • Psi Alpha Omega (national honor society in psychology)
  • Information for Students with Disabilities (from APAGS)

National Minority Associations in Psychology:

  • Asian American Psychological Association
  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • National Latina/o Psychological Association
  • Society of Indian Psychologists

Local Initiatives to Promote Diversity in Psychology:

  • American Indians Into Psychology (Oklahoma State University)
  • American Indian Support Project (Utah State University)
  • Psychology Diversified Students Program (Oklahoma State University)
  • Students For Ethnic & Cultural Awareness (Pacific Grad. School of Psych.)

Diversity-Related Job Databases:

  • Job Search (from
  • DiversitySearch (diversity-related career portal)
  • The Black Collegian Online (for African-American college students)
  • (career tips, jobs, and other resources)
  • National Urban League Career Center (thousands of jobs)
  • EmployDIVERSITY (searchable job and resume databases)
  • The Multicultural Advantage (job bank, resources, and online community)
  • Insight Into Diversity (free magazine and online recruitment site)

Other Minority Resources:

  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (NSF funded)
  • U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (government site)
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (fellowships, jobs, and more)
  • NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (mentorship program)
  • Latin American Educational Foundation (awards scholarships)
  • Inter-University Program for Latino Research (13-school consortium)
  • Diversity Resources (extensive and well organized directory)

Career Tips for Psychology Students

Career Information and Advice:

Graduate School and Job Applications:

  • Links to U.S. Psychology PhD Programs (rank-ordered by quality)
  • How to Apply to Graduate School in Psychology (from the APS Observer)
  • Psychology Graduate Applicant’s Portal (a megasite of resources)
  • Graduate Study Online (large fee-based APA database)
  • Data on Graduate Study in Psychology (APA’s most recent analysis)
  • Graduate School and Careers in Psychology (from Rider University)
  • How I Got Into the Stanford Ph.D. Program (one student’s odyssey)
  • Student Planning Guide to Grad School and Beyond (from the NAS)
  • Graduate School Guides (articles and advice from JobWeb)

Résumés, Vitae, and Letters of Recommendation:

  • Tips on Creating an Academic Vita
  • 43 Résumé Tips to Help Get You Hired
  • Résumé vs. Curriculum Vitae: What’s the Difference?
  • Résumé and Cover Letter Examples and Templates
  • How to Format a Cover Letter
  • Advice on Letters of Recommendation

Some Elegant Examples of Curricula Vitae:

  • Example 1: David A. DeSteno (PDF format)
  • Example 2: George Y. Bizer (PDF format)
  • Example 3: Kenneth DeMarree (PDF format)
  • Example 4: Armand Chatard (PDF format)

Graduate Record Examination:

  • GRE Online (has free materials, sample test items, and useful advice)
  • GRE Guide (free tips, practice tests, word lists, and more)
  • GRE Psychology Test Practice Book (free PDF document)
  • Kaplan’s GRE Practice Questions (a few free and more for a fee)
  • Free Online GRE Course Demo and Test (requires registration)

Test-Taking and Study Tips:

  • Tips on Taking Multiple-Choice Tests
  • Study Guides and Strategies
  • Test-Taking Tip Sheets (virtual pamphlet collection)
  • Study Skills Tip Sheets (virtual pamphlet collection)

Additional Information for Psychology Students:

  • Career Resources (from the APA)
  • Tip Sheets for Psychology Majors (from Psych Web)
  • Research in Action (how psychology makes a difference)
  • Preparing Future Faculty (U.S. nationwide initiative)
  • (lists over 10,000 degree programs)
  • Psi Chi (the International Honor Society in Psychology)

Graduate Students’ Corner

Psychology Sites:

  • American Psychological Association of Graduate Students
  • Graduate Education and Training in Psychology (from APA)
  • Assn. for Psychological Science Student Caucus (for undergraduates too)
  • gradPSYCH (APAGS magazine for graduate students)
  • APA Listservs for Students (email lists based on student interests)
  • Words from the Wise (tips from students and seasoned psychologists)
  • Ungerleider/Zimbardo Travel Scholarships (to attend APA convention)
  • Tips on Writing a Teaching Statement (gradPSYCH)

General Sites:

  • Association for Support of Graduate Students
  • National Association of Graduate-Professional Students
  • Council of Graduate Schools: Resources For Students
  • Peterson’s Graduate School Advice Center
  • Graduate Student Resources on the Web
  • PhD Interview Preparation Guide for Positions in Academia

Other Student Resources

  • International Travel Grants (for APA and APAGS members)
  • (online college student center)
  • CollegeNet (large network with searchable databases)
  • (large set of links from the Educational Testing Service)
  • University Links (large set of college-related links)
  • Council on Intl. Educational Exchange (study and work abroad)
  • Transworld Education (another study abroad megasite)
  • Study in the USA (for international students)
  • Virtual Campus Tours (includes maps, pictures, and videos)
  • College Tuition Calculator (online tool to estimate savings needed)

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