Working at camp as a counselor, in-and-of-itself, gives you hands-on experience aligned with a psychology degree. By living and interacting 24/7 for 8 weeks with different personalities you don't necessarily need to ask for more. From your basic responsibility of taking care of other people's children in a community setting and dealing with day-to-day camper drama to working alongside staff from around the world with many different backgrounds, you will be getting great insight on how to deal with all types of people. However, I just want to be clear, you will not be psychoanalyzing anyone and you will not meet with any camper one on one. That being said, you will interact directly with our Head Counselors and Directors on a range of issues. We will work out a specific schedule that allows you to touch base and interview different people involved with dealing with camper and staff issues throughout the summer. We will also connect you with our in house Social Worker. As a psychology intern at camp, you are on the forefront of this area of study as we deal with dozens of real life issues on a daily basis. There is almost no better setting to be exposed to such an experience.
Furthermore, down the line, you should look forward to joining our Leadership Team as a Group Leader or Assistant Group Leader. This is an amazing role to have that helps develop great career building skills such as work ethic, team building, leadership, time management, multi-cultural experience…just to name a few. We will also help you with your resume so that you can adequately depict your experience. The key is also being able to articulate your resume in an interview. Showing your confidence, spirit, loyalty and genuine character while sharing what you experienced at camp will separate you from the crowd and any employer would be crazy not to hire you.
By coming to camp with a background in Psychology, you are able to see behavior in a deeper sense. Things that you get to learn in General Psych, such as parts of child psychology and reinforcement are really helpful. You are able to really get to know these kids, build rapport with them, and still have a great time. Psychology really allows you to understand certain behaviors, and differentiate those that can be reinforced. Not only that, but it also helps to have a great and fun working environment with other counselors.
Psychology, I think, teaches you a lot about human interaction and how to handle people who think differently than you because it instils a sort of wonder and awe in the way humans are. This is incredibly helpful when working with children, especially when everyone is stuck together for a whole summer. Rather than getting upset at a kid who is misbehaving, I think my study of psychology helped me to try to get at the root of the problems and work with the kids instead of trying to be an authority at all times.