What opportunities are available?
This is an experiential learning course where students participate in an internship in a social service setting such as a hospital clinic,
human service agency, group home, school counseling office, probation office, or specialized classroom. The student acquires knowledge regarding methods
of intervention and the treatment philosophy of the placement agency by participating in an observational and supportive role. Students participating in the
practicum are typically obligated for the equivalent of 8 - 16 hours per week for 3 - 6 credits. Students negotiate the actual hourly schedule with their
There is a list of sites where we have pre-established agreements for our students to participate in undergraduate psychology internships.
The students can select from this list or students can find their own sites. The list is revised each fall and spring semester, and is presented at the informational
meetings held each semester.
Individualized experiences are also available in industrial/organizational psychology. Students interested in industrial/organizational sites
should see Dr. Peter Bachiochi or Dr. Wendi Everton.
Students interested in sites that meet the requirements for the Behavior Analysis Certification Preparation should see Dr. James Diller.
Internships are on a semester-by-semester basis following ECSU's schedule. Students may participate in a single placement for more than one semester
if both student and agency agree, or students may repeat the course at a different placement.
The placement agency determines the actual program in which you participate. Placement sites may ask you to participate in any
activity where they think undergraduate psychology students may be of assistance. In the past, activities that ECSU students have been involved in have
included, but not been limited to:
- 1 - 1 mentoring
- 1 - 1 tutoring
- Administering and scoring standardized rating scales
- Co-therapy in treatment groups such as social skills training, problem-solving, divorce, children of alcoholics, anger management, and social skills
- Implementing behavior management and behavior modification programs
- Peer mediation
- Program design/administration
- Shadowing a probation officer
- Small group tutoring
- Systematic direct observation
- Supervision of activity groups
Students attend a supervision class on campus and on-site supervision will be available to you at the placement agency.