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Internships in Applied Psychology

All students in the Applied Psychology Program are required to participate in an internship sequence during their senior year.  This sequence (PSY 442/443) is carefully tailored to address the professional goals of each student and thus should be discussed/planned with mentors in the Psychology Department. There are two types of experiences from which students can choose: an internship in the professional community or a research assistantship/independent project. Students can do any combination of an independent project and/or research assistantship across their senior year. Each semester is considered to be independent, so students can choose a new independent project or research assistantship, or continue their current project across both semesters.

Internship

The Applied Psychology Internship is one option for students completing their senior sequence in PSY 442 and PSY 443. For students who select the internship option, one or both semesters will involve a minimum of 90 hours per semester gaining academic credit while working at an internship site, in addition to weekly on-campus classroom meetings. The internship is supervised by both Psychology faculty and an on-site supervisor within the sponsoring organization. Internships allow students to test career intentions, improve skills in both written and oral communications, develop their applied psychology skills and acquire project experience that will be useful when seeking employment or graduate studies.

Research Assistantship/Independent Project

The Applied Psychology Research Assistantship or Independent Project are two options for students completing their senior sequence in PSY 442 and PSY 443. These options are particularly valuable for students seeking graduate training in psychology. For students who select either option, one or both semesters will involve a minimum of 90 hours per semester gaining academic credit while working on research with a faculty member, in addition to weekly on-campus classroom meetings. Research assistantships and independent projects allow students to test career and graduate training intentions, improve research skills, improve written and oral communication skills, acquire in-depth knowledge of a particular area of interest, and acquire project experience that will be useful when seeking employment or graduate studies.

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