Students at Walt Whitman High School in Maryland and their psychology teacher, Sheryl Freedman, oversee production of the
nationally recognized Whitman Journal of Psychology. From left to right, Corinne Osnos, Freedman, Hannah Storey and Piya
nationally recognized journal, edited by students who solicit
work from their peers around the country.
“The editors review submissions and pick the three best
pieces for the journal, topics that haven’t been covered before,”
says Freedman. “They also write an article for the ‘Inside Psych’
The journal is collaboratively edited by three students, as
well as an online editor and two business managers, who apply
during their junior years.
The journal exposes students to both the academic and
practical sides of publishing, says Freedman, who adds that
the students involved raise all the funds for the magazine
themselves. “It’s a fully student-run operation, which I think is
pretty cool,” Freedman says.
For Piya Chandramani, a senior and editor at the journal,
the experience has meant the chance to do research in her
chosen field and share her findings in a professional way.
“I knew once I took the AP class that I wanted to get more
involvement in and more exposure to psychology,” she says.
Since joining the staff, she has written two articles for the
journal, one on the psychology of terrorism (which she co-
authored with another editor) and one investigating the mental
and physical effects of meditation. The experience, she says, has
affirmed her desire to major in psychology next year.
More comprehensive real-world experience is offered at
Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, Md. There, AP
psychology teacher Marie Smith, PhD, coordinates the school’s
psychology internship program, a Montgomery County Public
Schools-certified course that matches senior students with
research opportunities that most college and graduate students
The program, now in its 10th year, allows students who have
completed two semesters of AP psychology to receive course
credit for internships in which they work with professionals
in areas that appeal to them, such as the study of children,
advertising, conflict resolution, health and sports.
The school’s proximity to the offices of the National Institute
of Mental Health in nearby Bethesda is a boon to the program.
Students work for one, two or three course periods per week,
providing lab assistance to researchers who are mapping brain