The undergraduate internship program in psychology involves preparation for and completion of an internship in fields such as human services, human resources, child and/or adolescent services, or the criminal justice system.
Completion of an undergraduate internship can improve chances of admission to graduate programs. In other cases, completion of an internship has led to employment in a substance disorders treatment center, domestic violence program, mental health clinic, or human resource office upon graduation.
For more information about finding an internship and what to do after you have secured an internship, please watch the videos linked below.
To earn 3 credits, interns complete 135 hours of work during the fall, spring, or summer terms. Interns receive dual supervision from a site supervisor and a faculty supervisor. Students are expected to keep a log of their hours and activities and have regular supervision from both supervisors.
Interns must successfully complete PSY 4274, Orientation to Internship (1 credit), prior to completing a form to register for the internship course (PSY 4275, 3 credits). These 4 credits count toward the 120 credits required for graduation, but not as electives for the major.
For Spring 2020 Internships: PSY 4274 orientation to undergraduate internship course has been be waived as a requirement for PSY 4275 Undergraduate Internship course.
Students are encouraged to find their own internships, particularly when looking for an internship outside of Coles County. Prospective interns have the responsibility of finding, interviewing for, and securing their internship. In the Coles County area, there are many internship sites available including women’s services, children’s services, mental health, public health, hospital settings, day-treatment programs, developmental disabilities agencies, chemical dependency treatment programs, educational settings, family law and forensic settings, sexual assault victim services, and domestic violence programs.