Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC
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Brandon M. Grunt

Liberal Arts Major(s): Psychology
Hometown: Livingston, NJ

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I knew of this company through a family experience. I had a family member see the head clinician at the practice many years ago so I was aware of his work and who he was. I then reached out to the head clinician via email and then skype. I simply asked to learn more about what he did and what kind of internship experiences his practice offered. I then formally applied to his internship experience online with a cover letter and letter of recommendation.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My experience has been great so far. I have gotten hands on experience working with the clinicians and the patients on a day to day basis. I input data and help track the progress of the patients over time. I also work on different research projects that are of interest to the practice. My day to day consists of helping the clinicians in whatever way I can. I observe therapy sessions and I can help with treatment occasionally. I commute to New York every day from my home in New Jersey. My typical commute takes about an hour and a half. I work a normal 9-5 work day 5 days a week.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I haven't had the opportunity to translate what I've learned back to the classroom yet. That being said, I have been able to take what I've learned in the classroom and apply it to my work. The psychology courses I have taken so far have helped me succeed in my internship setting. Applying the terms and principles I learned over the past two semesters is something I do daily. I think that this experience will help me if I choose to apply to graduate school. I know that I am working towards a good letter of recommendation and that I will be able to speak highly of my time spent here.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My career goals and plans are not set in stone but I am planning on pursuing some type of career that involves working with children. I have not decided whether or not I want to continue down the clinical psychology route but if I do choose that, this experience would greatly help. Regardless, I know that I will be able to leverage my experience to whatever job I desire. I can speak about the skills, values, and lessons that I have learned while working in this professional setting. In the past, I have worked as a camp counselor and really enjoyed the work I was doing. Based on that experience, I may want to pursue a career in the camp industry.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would recommend this experience to another liberal arts student. I think that one would need to have a very specific interest in psychology, treatment, and working for kids, but I do think it would be valuable to other people. Even something similar would be productive.

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