University that included Song’s research. A prominent professor
expressed interest in Song’s work, and Song’s advisor helped the
For professional psychology students, the internship is a
crucial time to network for a postdoc, says Stukenberg. Because
the internship placement process is already competitive,
supervisors know you’re highly qualified. You may find a
postdoc opportunity via your internship supervisor or someone
else working at the site, he says.
Talking about potential supervisors with your advisor or
other professors can also give you the opportunity to ask about
possible personality conflicts, Weissman adds. To get good
training, you want to work with someone with whom you’ll get
along, he says.
Network at conferences
Attending scientific meetings such as APA’s Annual Convention
is a great way to meet potential supervisors and to get the word
out that you’re looking for a postdoc.
For clinical students who are looking to work with a
new population, Kearney says it’s important to connect
with someone in the field who is knowledgeable about each
specialty’s nuances. Consider attending a practitioner-oriented
conference, such as the American Psychoanalytic Association
meeting or the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive
Therapies convention, says Stukenberg. Conferences are also
a great way to connect with university faculty members, says
Whether you’re interested in making connections with
practitioners or faculty members, don’t be shy, Weissman says.
“Seek out speakers on topics you’re interested in; show that you
care about their research.”
You can engage potential supervisors in conversation by
asking interesting questions about their work. They’ll remember
you — which could set you apart from another candidate who
may have similar research interests, Weissman says.
Even if you’re not particularly well-versed about their
research or career, the willingness to put yourself out there to
meet someone speaks volumes, Gorgens says.
“I know I love it, and my colleagues are the same. It’s a secret
of the student universe.” n
Patty Kuo is a writer in Ann Arbor, Mich.
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