What is an internship? This course provides practical experience in a professional urban setting. Students work in a business, government agency, state mental health institution, or similar location giving opportunities to apply their academic background to develop applied skills. The department cannot guarantee access to any internship, but we will try to help you get placed at an appropriate site.
Much of the responsibility of finding an internship site is the student’s. You may find an internship site that students have interned at in the past or you may establish an internship at a new site that better fits your needs. You may find potential internship site contact information here: Psychology Internship Site Resource Page.
The purpose of an internship is to:
- To provide the student with an opportunity to experience the importance and relevance of ideas learned in course work.
- To broaden the experience of the student by exposure to professional settings.
- To provide the student with the experience of preparing a resume, applying for a job, and going through the interviewing and selection process for a job.
- To give the student the experience of working within a group/team.
- To enable the cooperating organization to receive the benefits of the special talents and background of the student.
- To improve the psychology program by allowing the cooperating organization to examine the department’s product and provide input to the Department’s program.
- To increase interaction between the university and the cooperating organization in the field of psychology.
Credit for internship: A for-credit Psychology Internship (PSYC 3369, PSYC 3469) is a 3 or 4 credit hour course with prerequisites of:
- junior standing (60 or more completed hours),
- consent of the supervising faculty
- preference given to those with a 3.0 GPA in psychology and overall.
- A maximum of 6 hours may be earned and applied for credit toward fulfilling major requirements. A maximum of 3 hours may be earned and applied for credit toward fulfilling minor requirements.
Credit to work hours equivalency: Multiply these numbers by the number of credit hours enrolled or plan to be at the internship site
|Type of Engagement||Activities||Estimated minutes for 1 credit for average student|
|Work at Site of Internship||Activities may vary, depending on the internship site. Job description will be listed in writing on syllabus/learning agreement.||2520 minutes (42 hours) a semester, or 3 hours a week for 15 weeks|
|Reflection and Research||May include Biweekly meetings with internship faculty coordinator; annotated bibliography on career; interviews with supervisor and other professional at job site; journaling; linking career to academic discipline; reflection on how student learning outcomes articulate to career competencies; portfolio of work||1080 minutes (18 hours) a semester, 1 hour a week for 15 weeks|
|Overall Total for 1 credit hr per week||240 minutes (4 hours) weekly for 15 weeks or 450 minutes (7.5 hours) weekly for 8 weeks|
There are specific steps to take before you may pursue an internship. If you are an interested student, first click here to explore more about how to get started.
Internships: Interested Students
Steps to secure and be approved for an internship:
- In the semester preceding the one in which the internship may occur, the student reaches out to a faculty member. They will discuss student interests, expectations and procedures. You may have someone in mind, if not, contact the Department Chair for suggestions.
- Roles in the process:
- Faculty supervisor is the faculty member in the Psychology Department with whom the student has discussed the internship, with whom the student is enrolled for internship credit hours, the person who will interact with the internship site and ultimately enter the student grade.
- Internship mentor is the immediate direct supervisor of the student, who will complete the evaluation forms and forward them to the faculty supervisor
- Internship coordinator is the individual at the internship site who is authorized to speak for the site and enter in an internship agreement with the university. The mentor and coordinator may be the same person.
- In the preliminary conversation the faculty supervisor may guide the student to a particular site or encourage the student to reach out to an internship site identified by the student.
- The student reaches out to a person at the internship site who will identify who is authorized to approve such an internship for a site.
- The student will forward a contract to the Internship coordinator.
- The internship coordinator, with the internship mentor and the student will complete the contract addressing:
- Responsibilities for the student
- Who will be immediate supervisor
- Hours to be worked (translation of credit hours to work hours can be found here.)
- The contract is then returned to the faculty supervisor who will develop a syllabus for the internship. The syllabus will include all the information already outlined with the site as well as any other requirements outlined by the faculty supervisor. These may include weekly check-ins with the faculty, a time log, journal etc.
- The internship supervisor or mentor will complete at least two reports that will be provided to the supervising faculty:
- Mid-Term Internship Evaluation Form
- An End-Term Internship Evaluation Form
- Internships may be paid or unpaid. Compensation is at the discretion of the internship site.
- A student’s regular workplace cannot also serve as an internship.