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Practicum and Internship Opportunities
Receive first-hand experience through guided research or field experiences with a number of community and government agencies.
For each hour of academic credit, you must complete about 42-to-45 hours on-site, which is about 125 hours for a typical three-hour course. In addition to completing hours on-site, you must keep a journal and write an integrative paper.
For all requirements, see the course policy statement (PDF).
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To enroll in PSY 499, you must have completed PSY 121 plus 14 additional hours in psychology.
Finding a practicum
The selection of a placement site and application process to PSY 499 should begin at the beginning of the semester prior to when you wish to participate in the practicum.
- Choose a site that has accepted students in the past or has expressed interest in working with a psychology student. is available.
- Contact the cooperative education office about its list of placement sites and the needs of those sites.
- Develop a practicum on your own by talking with the supervisor of a potential placement site. Dr. Steve Capps, psychology practicum supervisor, must then approve your arranged practicum.
Applying to your practicum
Once you have obtained a practicum site, you must then complete the following steps to enroll in PSY 499, the practicum class:
Type the information in the appropriate fields on the form, and then print those pages.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Capps to complete the course permission forms and to receive permission to enroll in the course. Bring the completed Student Learning Plan with you.
- Enroll in PSY 499 online once permission is granted.
No hours at your practicum site count for academic credit until Dr. Capps has formally approved your practicum.
Graduate practicum or internship
For all three graduate tracks, a practicum experience is required. For clinical students who choose the seminar option, three hours of graduate internship, PSY 798, are also required.
To be considered for a practicum placement, you must be accepted into the master’s program. Clinical students must also have completed PSY 720, PSY 760, PSY 765 and PSY 766 to be eligible for a practicum.
To be eligible for an internship, you must have permission and have already completed a practicum experience.