The Department of Psychology student internship program provides students with the opportunity to explore and develop a thorough understanding of careers and jobs available in the fields of psychology and family and child studies. In addition, internships provide experiential learning in which students apply skills learned in the classroom to the real world. Finally, internships provide excellent opportunities to develop professional skills and relationships.
Student eligibility criteria to enroll in the internship course (PSY 4461-3) includes:
- A major GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Junior status or above
- Completion of FAMS 1123 or PSY 1113, plus 12 additional hours of PSY or FAMS courses.
Students may earn up to 6 credit hours in PSY 4461-3; the course may be completed twice for a maximum of 3 credit hours each.
Students who wish to complete an internship for course credit must follow the steps below:
- Carefully read the internship handbook. This handbook will include the relevant site consent documents, confidentiality agreements, agreements on duties to be completed, etc.
- Before the last business day in March (for Fall internships) or October (for Spring internships), find a faculty mentor who is willing and able to supervise your internship experience and declare your intent to pursue an internship. This person will be your internship course instructor.
- Enroll in the internship course (PSY 4461-3)
- Prior to the end of the semester before your internship is set to begin,
- Contact an internship site in your area of study. You can use College Central Network to find internships sites that are not pre-approved by the Department of Psychology, but you will need to obtain approval of the internship with your faculty mentor.
- Pre-approved internship sites include:
- Marie Detty Youth and Family Services and Children of Joy Learning Academy.
- This list will expand as internship sites confirm their availability.
- Obtain signatures on the appropriate documents in the internship handbook.
- Your mentor will have a list of pre-approved internship sites, but if you choose a site not on the list, you must articulate to your mentor in writing how that site will provide an internship experience that applies knowledge from your field of study.
- International students must contact the office of International Student Services before seeking approval for an internship.