Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts



Internships are one of the hallmarks of our Psychology and Child Development programs. They are a way to check out career options, build a resume, and prepare for graduate school. Students apply to volunteer for local social service and governmental agencies, schools, and business organizations. Alternatively, some students do one or both internships as a research internship with a psychology or child development professor. 

We require two quarters of internship. Each quarter of internship, the student puts in 120 hours, maintains weekly contact with a faculty advisor, and provides written documentation of the experience. Internships are done in a student's junior or senior year after they have taken PSY 323: Helping Relationships. For Child Development students CD230 is an additional prerequisite. To enroll in a research internship you must have completed Research Methods (PSY329 or CD329) and, possibly, Quantitative Research Methods (PSY333) depending on your research internship supervisor.

Further information about field sites and requirements are provided at quarterly internship placement meetings which are announced a few weeks into each quarter. 

For more information, contact our internship coordinator, Dr. Julie Garcia.

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