PSY4275 Internship is an individually-planned work experience in a business or agency appropriate to the student’s chosen career path, graduate school plans, and/or professional goals. The goal of this FAQ page is to answer common questions that students have about the internship program and how to find an internship.
How can I be admitted to the Internship Program? You must successfully complete PSY 4274 Orientation to Internship. This is a 1 credit online course that is offered every semester.
I was not able to finish PSY 4274 Orientation to Internship, but I already have my internship planned, what should I do? Unfortunately, you will not be able to register for PSY 4275 (and obtain academic credit) until you receive credit for PSY 4274.
Do you place me into an internship? No, students are responsible for securing their own internship. We provide support and guidance for students along the way, but each student finding their own internship based on their professional goals, geographic location, and schedule.
How do I find an internship site? During PSY 4274 you will be provided with tools and resources to help you find, interview for, and register for your internship. There is a list of past internship sites in Coles County here, which is a great place to start. You should also go to the Career Services website for additional internship opportunities. In addition to these two resources, you are welcome to finding your own internship.
What if I can’t find an internship that I like on the list of past sites or Career Services? This is one of the most commonly asked questions! You are welcome to set up your own internship experience that matches your professional goals, location, and schedule. For example, many students complete an internship in the summer when they have returned home for summer break. When locating your own internship, there are several strategies that I recommend.
Could I complete an internship in another town? State? Country? You are welcome to set up an internship in a different town, state, or even country! Many students complete an internship in the summer when they are on break from classes at EIU. All the same requirements apply to these internship, thus you must still have a faculty sponsor and on-site supervisor.
How do I sign up for PSY 4275 Undergraduate Internship in Psychology? There is a form in the Psychology Department office, or available online. There is a section for you (the student) to fill out, your on-site supervisor to fill out, and your faculty sponsor to fill out. After ALL sections are completed turn the form into the Psychology Department office, the department secretary will add you to the class. You do not register for the class in PAWS like a normal course. You MUST be registered by Friday of the first week of class within the semester you are completing your internship.
How many hours do I have to work to earn credit for my internship? A three credit internship requires 135 hours of work at the internship site, which is roughly 9 hours of work per week of the semester.
Will I get paid for my internship? Paid internships are not common, but are allowed.
Who will serve as my faculty supervisor? It is your responsibility to ask a psychology faculty member to serve as your faculty supervisor. You should plan on meeting with your faculty supervisor on a regular basis (e.g., 2-3 times per month) to discuss progress towards internship goals and any concerns or questions that you have.
Other than going to my internship site, what else do I have to do during internship? You will use an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of your hours. Every week you will upload your hours log to a dropbox on D2L. Each week you will also answer a discussion board question on D2L. In addition to the weekly hours log and discussion board, you should make arrangements to meet with your faculty sponsor on a regular basis.
How is PSY 4275 graded? The course is graded as “credit- CR” or “no credit – NC.”
What if my site supervisor has a question? Your Site Supervisor can always contact the Psychology Department (217-581-2127)
If I have a problem with my internship, what should I do? You should discuss any problems with your faculty supervisor.
Can I do 2 internships? Yes, you may complete two internships, but there are different ways to do this: (1) You can do one internship per semester for two different semesters (e.g., a spring internship and summer internship), (2) You can do two separate internships in the same semester (e.g., 3 credit internship at Site A and 3 credit internship at Site B), or (3) You can do a 6 credit internship at a single site. Doing two internships in a single semester is a very large time commitment, so you should think carefully about the pros and cons, as well as your schedule before committing to two internships at the same time.
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