Students in the Forensic Psychology Program are required to complete 250 hours of externship training, tailored to their professional interests. Externships provide practical exposure to work experience in a field of study. 

The Washington, D.C., area offers a unique range of organizations to choose from: federal and local law enforcement agencies, clinical assessment and treatment service organizations, legal services, social services, research sites, nonprofits and organizations for victims and offenders.

Finding and Applying to Sites

The program provides a list of approved sites for externship study to enrolled students. Students may also petition to have a new training site approved, provided that both the site and the externship duties relate to forensic psychology. Examples of student externship sites include:

  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Mental health treatment sites
  • Research sites
  • Correctional institutions
  • Public defender’s office
  • Prosecutor’s office
  • Private psychology or law practices

Contact the program with any questions regarding externship placement.