Larned State Hospital - Training / Internships

Larned State Hospital (LSH) provides continuous training for all LSH employees and plays an important role in the provision of training in the care and treatment of the mentally ill for a number of outside sources.

Psychology Internship Program

The document below contains data essential to applicants applying to the LSH internship program, including information about admissions, support and placement as well as immediate post-internship professional positions available to past interns.

  • Mission

  • History

  • How It Works

  • How to Apply

  • Financial Support

  • Contacts

Student Internships

The goal of the LSH student internship program is two-fold:

First, the program is designed to give students from colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada an opportunity to complete their required internship in a facility that offers care and treatment to a very diverse population.

Second, the program helps create a pool of future employees for the hospital.

LSH offers internship/practicum opportunities in psychology, pharmacy, psychiatry and medical records as well as a Social Service Practicum program.

Approximately 35 percent of the students who complete internships at LSH are hired as full-time employees upon graduation.

Response to the internship program has been overwhelming, attracting interns from Canada, Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and many other states. As the demand for internship opportunities at LSH increases, the criteria for acceptance into the program has become more stringent in an effort to attract only the most qualified and dedicated applicants.

Student Nurse Program

More than 500 nursing students from programs throughout Kansas visit LSH each year. Community colleges affiliated with LSH include: Barton County, Cloud County, Dodge City, Garden City, Seward County, Hutchinson, Pratt and Colby. Other nursing program affiliates include Fort Hays State University and North Central Area Vocational Technical College, both of Hays; Manhattan Area Technical College and Brown Mackie College, Salina.

Since LSH is a unique specialty institution, there are psychiatric clinical experiences available that cannot be surpassed by other Kansas inpatient facilities. The institution's three distinct programs offer an array of rich educational experiences; students leave with a greater appreciation for mental health issues. Although psychiatric nursing is not the chosen career of every student nurse that visits our campus, every nurse will encounter patients with mental health challenges throughout their nursing career.

For more information about the LSH Student Nurse Program, email the LSH Staff Development Department or call 620-285-4512.