Research Internships

As part of its objective to advance the science of consciousness, IONS is dedicated to training emerging noetic scientists.

Current opportunities:

Summer Internship Program 2014
Spiritual Competencies Internship

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Summer Internship Program 2014
Institute of Noetic Sciences

IONS is currently planning a two month summer internship program with start dates between June 1 and 15.  This would be a more concentrated internship; the details are still being evaluated, but may require a commitment of about 20 hours per week at the IONS campus.  

If you would like to be considered for a summer internship, please complete an online application below.  Next steps are to submit two writing samples and the names and phone numbers of two references to Charlene Farrell at    Preferred papers are those involving literature reviews or other research papers, but if unavailable, you can submit any work that demonstrates your writing skills. 
Deadline:  April 16, 2014

Internship Opportunity - Spiritual Competencies
Institute of Noetic Sciences

The field of psychology has already included religion and spirituality in most definitions of multiculturalism and requires training in multicultural competence, but most psychotherapists receive little or no training in religious and spiritual issues, in part because no agreed-on set of spiritual competencies or training guidelines exist. In response to this need, IONS President and CEO, Cassandra Vieten, PhD, and her colleagues have developed a proposed set of spiritual and religious competencies for psychologists based on (1) a comprehensive literature review, (2) a focus group with scholars and clinicians, and (3) an online survey of 184 scholars and clinicians experienced in the integration of spiritual and religious beliefs and practices and psychology.

Cassi and her colleague, Shelley Scammell, PsyD, are currently working on a book for New Harbinger expanding upon the research described in the following article:

Vieten, C., Scammell, S., Pilato, R., Ammondson, I., Pargament, K.  Lukoff, D. (2013) Spiritual and Religious Competencies for Psychologists. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Aug 2013. 5(3),129-144. Online First Publication, June 17, 2013. doi: 10.1037/a0032699

Dr. Vieten is currently looking for an intern to assist with this project.


Excellent writing skills. Ability to search, analyze, synthesize, and summarize current literature relevant to this subject. BA or BS, and preferably enrolled in a graduate program in a related field. Personal interest in this topic is helpful. Available 6-12 hours per week. Able to attend meetings every two weeks at the Institute of Noetic Sciences' offices in Petaluma, CA. This project may last for up to a year.

If you are interested in applying for an internship, please click the button below to fill out an application.

Internship Application

IONS’ internships are unpaid. IONS does not provide assistance in securing housing for those coming from out of the area. We will only call you if we are considering you for a position. However, you are welcome to follow up with Charlene Farrell at or 707-779-8212 if you have questions about your application or would like more details about the above positions.

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