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We are now almost fully booked for Summer 2024 and expect to close registration in the next few days.

We are now almost fully booked for Summer 2024 and expect to close registration in the next few days.

The Young Psychologist Summer Experience

The Ultimate Work Experience in Psychology in London

InvestIN Education
InvestIN Education

The Young Psychologist Summer Experience

The Ultimate Work Experience in Psychology in London

Overview

Last chance to register for this Summer Experience! There are few remaining places for intakes starting on 29th July. Registration is closed for the intake starting on the 8th July. 

Join us for the ultimate work experience for aspiring psychologists in London this summer, for students aged 15-18.

Over the course of 2 weeks, students will get to step into the shoes of a psychologist working in London, through a range of immersive career simulations and exclusive professional site visits. They’ll enter a simulated mental health ward, carry out patient consultations and use cutting-edge VR to treat psychological disorders.

Students taking part in this unique opportunity will build professional contacts and meet like-minded people, supporting them in their future professional endeavours. They’ll also get to experience life at the prestigious University College London (UCL). Completing this programme will look great on university applications in the ensuing years, helping your teenager stand out from other applicants.

Register now for a life-changing experience that will set you up for a future as a successful psychologist, or contact us to find out more. 

 

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Immersive Experiences in Psychology:
  • Conduct live patient consultations in a simulated psychology clinic under the guidance of experienced clinical psychologists
  • Become the forensic psychologist in a live criminal trial: carry out a psychometric assessment of the offender, act as an expert witness in court, and consult with the parole board
  • Explore life on a mental health ward at a simulated in-patient ward; work collaboratively with a team of psychologists, nurses and doctors to diagnose and treat your patients
  • Visit a Premier League stadium and practise innovative psychological techniques used to give elite athletes a ‘mental edge’ on match day
  • Discover the latest cutting-edge psychological techniques at a pioneering PsychTech firm, including the use of virtual reality to treat conditions such as phobias, PTSD or anxiety
  • Attend a private reception with top psychologists
Meet Senior Psychologists:
  • Be coached through the immersive experiences with psychologists from an array of specialities: clinical, forensic, sports, behavioural, business, educational and more
  • Attend private networking sessions with these professionals, who can become vital connections for your future career
     
Career Coaching:
  • Receive comprehensive coaching on how to get into a top university
  • Master the admissions process: personal statements, interviews and more
Competitive Advantage In Your University Applications:
  • Attending the experience demonstrates that you have gained skills which are highly-valued by top universities
  • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your university applications.
  • Get a personalised industry reference letter from psychologists confirming what you achieved on the programme.
World-Class Universities And World-Class People:
  • Experience one of the best universities on the planet: University College London (UCL).
  • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for our unique psychology work experience, creating an invaluable globalnetwork
Design Your Own Summer Experience:

Choose from one of the following options:

1.  First Week Only (taster experience); or
2.  Two-Week Experience (the full programme); or
3.  Two-Week Premium Experience (the ultimate package with both weeks plus enhanced benefits)

Accommodation
You can choose either residential or non-residential. The accommodation is at UCL student halls in central London. We provide residential students with meals, guardianship and fun activities on evenings and weekends. Airport transfers are also available at checkout.

Coming from abroad?
  • To date, we have welcomed students onto InvestIN programmes from over 100 different countries. They often say that a huge motivation is to meet and befriend students from around the world, whilst taking their English language skills to the next level. 
  • Attending a summer programme is a fantastic way to experience London, one of the world’s most renowned capital cities for academic excellence, global commerce and vibrant culture. You can also select our residential package to truly experience life on-campus at a top UK university (UCL), by living in private ensuite rooms at university halls of residence. We can offer everything you need – from airport transfers to meals and a fantastic evening social programme.
  • For students learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL), attending an InvestIN programme facilitates real-world application of English. Students will be immersed in the language 24/7, whether that’s working in a team, writing a project proposal, presenting to a group, networking with professionals or socialising with peers. Our programmes are delivered and facilitated by native English speakers, whilst over 50% of our students are from the UK and the US, providing international students with the perfect opportunity to enhance their oral and written skills in a professional and social context. Find out more about the benefits for EFL students in our blog post here.
  • For information about visas and language requirements, please see our FAQs page here.
Coming from the UK?
  • You can choose to attend our programmes as a day student if you live locally. Otherwise, our residential package will give you a great flavour of life in student halls of residence before you apply to university in the future.
  • Around 50% of our students come from abroad, providing you with a unique opportunity to network with and befriend peers from a range of different backgrounds and cultures.

Immersive Experiences Week 1

Educational Psychology

  • Discover the realities of working with vulnerable young people and get insider tips from experienced professionals
  • Take on the case of a child who is struggling at school and carry out your own assessment
  • Take part in a simulated consultation with a parent and develop the key communication skills needed to support the child’s learning development
  • Use what you’ve learnt to develop an intervention plan and get feedback from qualified experts

Enter the Psych Clinic

  • Learn the key skills and techniques employed by clinical psychologists 
  • Discover the fundamentals of patient interaction: building trust, establishing rapport and active listening
  • Become the psychologist: carry out an initial assessment with a variety of patients and develop bespoke treatment plans 
  • Explore Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and use specialised techniques with your patients

Sport Psychology

  • Tour a premier league stadium and walk in the footsteps of world-renowned athletes and sports psychologists
  • Understand the key to match-day preparation and recognise the athlete’s critical pitfalls
  • Undertake a private conversation with a professional athlete about how sports psychology has impacted their performance
  • Explore acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to enhance player concentration and promote resilience on and off the pitch

Forensic Psychology

  • Assess the psychological state of a criminal in a simulated criminal case
  • Carry out psychometric assessments on the offender and find out the cognitive and behavioural factors that led to the offence
  • Enter the courtroom: take to the stand and testify as an expert witness
  • Devise a treatment plan for the convicted criminal: facilitate a prison therapy session and evaluate the prisoner’s rehabilitation progress
  • Consult with a parole board and make the final decision on whether the prisoner should qualify for early release

How to Become a Successful Psychologist

  • Your path to success: understanding the key decisions ahead and how to maximise your chances of success 
  • Making the right subject choices: A-level/IB/university and beyond
  • Building an outstanding university application
  • Securing work experience and designing an impactful CV
  • Powerful interview techniques
  • Coaching from experienced psychologists on how to stand out from the crowd

This Summer Experience is for students aged 15-18 and you do not require any prior knowledge to attend.

There are 2 start dates you can select from for 2024 are 8th July or 29th July.
You can choose to attend for either ‘First Week Only’, ‘Two Weeks’ or our ‘Two Week Premium’ package. You can also choose residential or non-residential. Pricing and details are set out below.

Click “Register Now” to book your place.

London 1 week London 2-weeks London Premium
Length First week only 2-weeks full programme 2-weeks Premium
Enter a simulated psych ward, assess patients and use CBT with patients, visit a premier league stadium and have a private conversation with an athlete, assess the psychological state of a criminal in a court setting
For students coming from abroad, enhance your oral and written skills in business-level English
Visit the UK’s oldest mental health hospital, work with patients in a mental health ward, understand the psychology of magic and use state of the art VR technology
Private networking session with senior Psychologists
Industry reference letter: personalised letter from psychologists confirming what you’ve achieved on the programme
Graduation ceremony for the completion of the full programme
Professional development portfolio: CV-writing masterclass, LinkedIn workshop, professional headshots, personality profiling & psychometric testing
Leadership, teamwork & strategy coaching & team challenge
Gala dinner with professionals on the River Thames
Keynote speeches & networking reception with accomplished industry leaders
Summer Experience Fee £1950 £2950 £3950
Optional fee for accommodation with meals, guardianship and evening & weekend activities included Available for an additional
£1290
Available for an additional
£2795
Available for an additional
£2795
Optional fee for London airport transfers (return) Available for an additional
£300
Available for an additional
£300
Available for an additional
£300

Choose a location below:

In Person

Available dates:

  • 8th July 2024 or 29th July 2024

Venues:

  • The programme is based at UCL and the surrounding University of London campus. Certain days take place in other key industry locations in London.

Accommodation location:

  • Students who choose accommodation will reside in University of London halls of residence. We occupy 4 different halls close-by to each other (listed below). The vast majority of students will be placed in Garden Halls.

     

    Garden Halls, London, WC1H 9EN

    College Hall, London, WC1E 7HZ

    International Hall, London, WC1N 1AS

    Frances Gardner House, WC1X 0HD

     

Please find below some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions you'll be able to find our full FAQ list here and you are also welcome to reach out to us at info@investin.org and we'll be happy to help!

When is the deadline for registering for an experience?
Places on our programmes are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis so we will close registration as soon as we reach capacity, because of this we would always recommend booking as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss the opportunity to attend.
Do I get a certificate?
Upon completion of the programme you will receive a bespoke certificate to include in all of your future applications. This will help you stand out from the crowd and show your passion for your chosen career. Letters of attendance are also available upon request at info@investin.org.
Who are your safeguarding team?
On each Summer Experience, we have safeguarding team members on-site 24/7 to promote the safeguarding and pastoral welfare of our students. Our team are security-vetted (enhanced DBS-checked) professionals who work in education full time and our team is made up of Academic Professionals / LSA, Safeguarding Officers, Nursing Professionals, and Mental Health Practitioners. Students will therefore always be able to easily contact a guardian, should they need any support.
What is included in the accommodation package?
You can choose to add our accommodation package to your booking where you will be allocated to the University of London's Garden Halls, College Hall, or International Hall. Here, you will enjoy your own private room, 3 meals a day, and 24/7 guardianship. There are also lots of communal areas such as a games room and cinema room where you will be able to socialise with other students. Our safeguarding team will also put on evening activities such as trivia night, games night, and sports evenings. You will be able to arrive at the accommodation the day before the programme starts and checkout will be the day after the programme comes to an end.
Do you offer payment plans?
Do you offer payment plans? Yes, payment plans are available until the end of April 2024. We are now only accepting payments in full. Please contact info@investin.org if you would like further assistance.
Will there be any opportunities for rest days?
Programme hours take place Monday-Friday, with a break over the weekend. If you select the 2-Week Premium option, the weekend will feature exclusive professional development opportunities outlined in the timetable.
What work experience is beneficial for becoming a psychologist?
The type of experience you'll need to acquire will depend on what type of psychologist you want to become. For instance, working as an assistant psychologist or research assistant psychologist will be beneficial if you're looking to work in a clinical setting. If you're more interested in working as an occupational psychologist, look for experience working in a professional environment, such as supporting a HR department in a company.
What are the different areas of psychology you can get work experience in?
When looking for work experience opportunities, consider which area you'd like to build skills. These include: - Educational psychology: Understanding the psychological aspects of learning and development within an educational setting - Clinical psychology: Understand mental health assessment, intervention, therapy, and more within a clinical setting - Occupational psychology: Learn about the psychology of workplaces, including employee behaviour, within a professional setting - Health psychology: Understand how psychology and health intersect within a healthcare setting - Forensic psychology: Apply psychological knowledge within the criminal justice system
How do you get experience as a psychology student?
Placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities are the best way to get experience as a psychology student. Many employers recruit directly from internships, while others will generally expect some kind of experience in the field. Ways to gain experience that you should look out for include: - Working as an assistant psychologist, therapy assistant, or assistant practitioner - Working within the prison service (either a role or trainee placement) - Mental health support roles - Working in rehabilitation centres - Volunteer positions at mental health charities and residential programmes - Working as a special educational needs (SEN) teaching assistant - Research assistant roles (paid or voluntary) - Shadowing a psychologist
What qualifications do you need to be a psychologist?
Becoming a psychologist requires: - A psychology degree accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) - A psychology conversion course - A Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership - An accredited postgraduate qualification in your chosen psychological specialism Psychology conversion courses are required if: - Your psychology degree isn't accredited by BPS - Your degree is in a subject other than psychology To apply for a postgraduate degree in your chosen specialism, you'll need: - At least a 2:1 in your degree - Strong research skills - Relevant work experience Be sure to check the entry requirements for each institution you plan to apply to, as these will vary.
What skills do you need to be a good psychologist?
Good psychologists have the following skills: - Communication skills: When trying to understand human behaviour, communication skills are vital, including listening skills - Interpersonal skills: Working with patients requires good interpersonal skills, such as empathy and compassion - Patience: You'll need patience to get to understand your patients, particularly when their behaviour deviates from our preconceived ideas of what's "normal" - Strong ethics: Patients’ care is paramount, so being honest with patients, treating them equally, and other ethical considerations are essential - Curiosity and drive to learn: Staying on top of the latest developments and research in the field will help you do your job well - Emotional stability: Your role will likely take you into emotionally challenging circumstances, so you'll need to be able to deal with these professionally - Problem-solving skills: Problems and challenges will arise regularly, so a creative approach to problem-solving will help you serve your patients

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT US

Information for international & EFL students

We have a minimum English language requirement of B2 (upper-intermediate, CEFR). For students learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL), attending an InvestIN programme facilitates real-world application of English. Our programmes are delivered and facilitated by native English speakers, whilst over 50% of our students are from the UK and the US, providing international students with the perfect opportunity to enhance their oral and written skills in a professional and social context. Find out more about the benefits for EFL students in our blog post here.

 

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