Students witness how to apply psychology to the world around them and gain important, hands-on experience working with community agencies through our field practicum program.


Through our field practicum (PSYCH 461), you may earn course credit toward your major or minor in psychology. The course requires you to work on-site eight hours per week (120 hours per semester). You also complete online assignments monitored by a faculty member who encourages you to connect their psychology coursework with your internship experiences.

Benefits of an internship in psychology

  • Course credit
  • Networking opportunities 
  • References for job and school applications
  • Opportunities to audition career paths
  • Help the community

Internship experiences are also critically important for students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in clinical or counseling psychology, or a related human services field.

“Internships are a useful tool for students to get exposure to the field they have chosen to really get a glimpse of what it will be like outside of the school environment. Having observed the different areas of the mental health field, I was able to pinpoint which direction I want to pursue for my master’s degree.”  — Raven Kimmi

Our community partners work closely with our students to make the internship experience worthwhile.

“Getting direct experience in your field with clients is so important. You will have the opportunity to learn de-escalation techniques and problem-solving skills … Our internship offers experience with clients from every demographic and allows you to work with people you have never encountered before.”  — Kaitlin Dempsey, site supervisor at Newhouse Domestic Violence Shelter

How to Apply

We work with a variety of community partners.

  • House of Paradise
  • Newhouse
  • Rockhill Academy

For a list of agencies that are currently accepting interns, email Kym Bennett, director of the undergraduate psychology program.

You may also find your own internship site. Complete the PSYCH 461 Contract and email Kym Bennett.

Application deadlines

Spring internships - November

Fall internships - April


  1. Our mentoring office will email all psychology students to announce the opening of the application process for PSYCH 461. 
  2. Select the agency that is of most interest to you, then email Kym Bennett for an introduction to the agency’s site supervisor.
  3. You may be required to complete an in-person or phone interview and pass a background check. Some agencies have other application requirements, which will be listed in the email from the PMO.
  4. After your application has been approved by the site supervisor, Kym Bennett will secure permission for you to enroll in PSYCH 461.

Questions? Email us.