Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Student Completes Psychology Internship

College of Liberal Arts
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Southeast student Paul Veneziano of Cape Girardeau recently completed an internship at the Woodward Resource Center, in Woodward, Iowa.  Paul, a senior psychology major, served as a psychologist’s assistant.

“I worked in a house with developmentally disabled people who committed some sort of violent crime,” Paul said.  “This institution focuses on developing programs for these people and modifying their behavior so that they could be released back into the community and live in an assisted living setting.” 

I learned a lot from this experience; mostly it was kind of eye opening; an introduction to working with not only mentally retarded people, but many had psychotic disorders and other mental illnesses,” Paul said.  “I really just enjoyed working with the patients at the institution, and I found it incredibly rewarding.”

It was a wake up call, even though I've studied these things in my classes. It is 100 percent different actually working one-on-one with people with these disorders,” Paul said.  “I gained more direction in the type of field in which I would like to work. Psychology is rather broad, and, I think, working here has given me a better idea of what I would like to do later and where I would like to focus as I continue on to graduate school.”

Paul says he plans to attend graduate school after graduating from Southeast, and plans to focus on behavior analysis.

Paul says Southeast has contributed to his success in and out of the classroom because his professors have given him more than an adequate preparation to work in his desired field. 

"I really do believe that the University has given me some rewarding experiences and, in turn, has transferred over into my life outside of school that has given me success.”

When Paul isn’t busy with class work, he enjoys attending Southeast football games and going to the movies.  Paul especially enjoys electronics and working on them and other appliances.  

“I built my own computer, and that stuff in general is a fun hobby for me,” Paul said.

“My advice for future Southeast students is to make sure you go to class your freshmen year, so you don't have to play catch-up the next three just to graduate on time,” Paul said.

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