An essential component of graduate training in Applied Psychology is an internship experience, which provides students with an opportunity to apply their classroom training in an actual field setting and gain new skills. The graduate coordinator works closely with students during the internship experience, initially by assisting with resume preparation and providing contacts in local businesses and human service organizations, and later by conducting follow-up with students and internship sites to assess progress. Parallel to this effort, students work on developing leads for possible internships. After companies have been identified, students work with the Internship Coordinator to take the steps necessary to secure an interview.
There are two criteria to be met for an opportunity to meet the requirements of an internship: 1) it must be related to the student’s degree objectives, and 2) the site supervisor needs to be a professional in organizational development, human resources, industrial/organizational psychology, or organizational behavior. Interns work with other psychologists and practitioners in the field, while working under the direct supervision of an internship site supervisor. Students in both emphases are required to work a minimum of 120 hours in an approved internship site to earn 3 units of credit. The internship is typically completed during the summer months.