To provide students with practical experience, the department offers a number of internships that can be completed for independent study credit. Recently, students have worked in a center for autistic children, a battered women´s shelter, advertising agencies, biofeedback clinics, employee assistance programs, residential facilities for emotionally disturbed children, and a suicide phone line. Others have run groups for shy teenagers at a local high school, worked in day care centers or elementary schools, and consulted at local businesses.
You can do an internship for academic credit, providing you do 100 hours of work at the site during the term along with associated reading of the relevant literature and substantial writing to be arranged with your supervising professor. Paid internships (such as summer jobs) cannot receive course credit. The Psychology Department has created an Internship Handbook that describes the procedures for initiating an internship experience, as well providing contact information for numerous internship sites in the area. An Internship Contract must be completed and returned to the department secretary, before any internship is initiated.