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PSY 496 (3 - 6 credits) offers students the opportunity to work in the community for course credit. Many opportunities exist with
individuals of different ages (children, adolescents, adults) and different levels of functioning (typical individuals or those with
serious emotional and behavioral difficulties). This experience is a wonderful addition to a resume or application for graduate school. To
participate, a student must:
- be a psychology major,
- have junior or senior standing, and
- have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in psychology
If interested, you must attend one of the following one-hour meetings, or contact
Dr. Kristi Salters-Pedneault before April 2, 2014.
|Monday, March 24||4:00 - 5:00 PM||Webb 437|
|Wednesday, March 26||7:00 - 8:00 PM||Webb 340|
|Friday, March 28||1:00 - 2:00 PM||Webb 340|
|Monday, March 31||3:00 - 4:00 PM||Webb 340|
|Wednesday, April 2||11:00 AM - 12:00 PM||Webb 340|
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 placement supervisor.
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.
To request information
Students interested in the internship course should contact Dr. Kristi Salters-Pedneault.
Community organizations and agencies interested in recruiting students for internships should contact
Dr. Jeff Danforth.
Why complete an internship?
Students who have completed an internship as part of their psychology curriculum praise the experience:
"Thank you so, so much for offering the internship program, it has truly been a pathway for my whole future, and I couldn't ask for a
better job straight out of college (especially in this economy!)"
- Jennifer Kaake, Class of 2010, the College Advocate for the Sexual Assault Crisis Center
"My internship experience was great. At first I was nervous about finding a place to do my internship, and the first couple of places I had
in mind actually fell through, but my advisor at Eastern went out of her way to help me get a placement at the last minute. I learned so
much more than I would have if I didn't do an internship and the company actually hired me about a month after I graduated. I have been
working there for about one year now and have even been promoted! I don't know where I would be today if I didn't do an internship!"
- Kaitlin Cormier, Class of 2010