Described below are three methods through which students can obtain course credit for applied experiences: a practicum experience, clinical-counseling internship, or an industrial-organizational (I/O) internship. In addition, the KU Community Outreach Center can help with volunteer opportunities and the Career Development Center can help with internship opportunities that might help you achieve your future career goals. YOU MUST REGISTER PRIOR TO THE EXPERIENCE TO RECEIVE CREDIT. FORMS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT OFFICE AND IN THE HALLWAY NEXT TO THE OFFICE DOOR.
Practicum (PSY 305) 1-3 credits
This is a supervised practicum in an approved research or applied setting that may be on- or off-campus. Experiences might include, but are not limited to, working as a research assistant in a laboratory or other facility, volunteer work for a service organization or government agency, or work with a school district. This practicum is not designed for activities related to the provision of clinical/counseling or I/O services to agencies and businesses. Early in the semester prior to the practicum, the student, with the help of the faculty supervisor, must contact the site and develop a proposal outlining the work location and the anticipated practicum activities. The proposal must be approved before the student can register for the course. PREREQUISITES: PSY011, junior or senior standing, 12 or more credits of PSY, QPA of 2.5 or permission of instructor, approval of the Department Chair and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Course may be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of 6 credits.
Site Example Experience Oley Valley School District Work with elementary school guidance counselor, observe testing sessions, help monitor and score tests, act as classroom teacher's aide, help design classroom activities. Lehigh Valley Hospital Research assistant on a research project with a physician, medical resident, or other health professional. Perform intake interviews, screen clinical patients, perform data entry and literature searches, observe medical procedures, receive training in research and medical ethics.
Contact: Dr. James Jackson
Clinical Internship (PSY 363) 3-6 credits
(Contact Dr. Akillas 610-683-1366)
Supervised internship at agencies and organizations offering clinical/counseling services. Students work with clients and gain experience in diagnosis, interviewing, counseling, running support groups, and other clinical services under supervision. PREREQUISITES: PSY 250 AND PSY 360, QPA 2.5 or higher. Internships are arranged 1-2 months before advising and registration. So, contact Dr. Akillas early. More information is provided when students take PSY 360.
Site Example Experience KidsPeace Assessment and evaluation of children and adolescents; participation in treatment groups Youth Valley House Working with troubled adolescents; implementing treatment plans under supervision.
Industrial Organizational Internship (PSY 362) 3-6 credits
This is an academically-based, supervised work experience designed to apply theory to practice. Students will have the opportunity to interact with professionals in their area of interest, develop the communication skills needed in their field, and begin to build a strong resume and references. This experience will provide not only career focus but also increased self-confidence and maturity. PREREQUISITES: PSY 011 and PSY 220, QPA 2.5 or higher (8-16 contact hours, 3-6 semester hours).
Site Example Experience Lucent Technologies Writing programs using SPSS and managing data files for evaluating training programs sponsored by Microelectronics International University, Lucent Tech. PsyCor, Inc. Content analysis of survey data; using SPSS to analyze data; scoring services for pre-employment testing; assisting in training programs in the area of performance management and goal-setting.