Declared psychology majors enrolled in Supervised Field Placement (PSY 1900) earn credit for volunteer work in a supervised setting approved by the Department of Psychology. The purpose is to provide practical experience related to other coursework and to help students determine a career path. Sites on the approved list are the only places where students may "intern" and receive PSY credit for their work.
This opportunity is particularly beneficial when determining your interest in the day-to-day workings of a particular field. If you are interested in pursuing PSY 1900, review this guide to understand the requirements. Once you determine that an internship/field placement is appropriate for you, follow these steps:
- Discuss site specific choices aligned with your goals with your psychology advisor.
- Locate and apply for an internship position following the steps listed on each site's description page.
- If positions are available, the Site Supervisor will offer you an interview. At that time, discuss with the supervisor the number of hours you are desiring for placement according to the number of credits you are seeking. If accepted for an internship, the Site Supervisor will work with you to create a schedule to complete the number of hours required.
- Once accepted, you will complete the Learning Agreement with the Site Supervisor. You are responsible for providing the Learning Agreement form to the Site Supervisor, in person, not via email. The Site Supervisor will complete page 2 of the agreement, sign it and return it to you. This completed form is required to register for PSY 1900.
- Make two copies of the signed learning agreement and bring those along with the original to the Psychology Advising Office to be processed either during walk-in hours or by appointment with your advisor. The permission code for self-enrollment in PSY 1900 will then be provided. One copy of the learning agreement will be for your records, one for the site supervisor and the original will remain in the Psychology Advising Office.
- You will be required to review and sign the placement guidelines and professionalism expectations while in our office obtaining a permission number. However, you may to review them prior to going to the advising office.
- In order to earn credit, you are required to submit mid-term and end-of-term journal as well as mid-term and end-of-term evaluations as the academic component to complete your internship experience. All forms are available on CourseWeb once the term begins.
Please be aware that because of the nature of psychological or clinical social service work, undergraduate psychology students are not permitted to provide any direct client/patient services. Due to state licensing and healthcare provider regulations, the provision of psychological or counseling services requires a graduate level degree. You should not expect to have unsupervised client/patient contact or to be trained to provide any type of counseling or therapy services as part of a field placement.