Volunteer, Fieldwork, & Internship Opportunities

The Psychology Department strongly recommends that all students complete an internship before graduation. Even if you do not receive credit, professional experience is very important. Both employers and graduate schools mention professionally-related experience as one of the top things they look for in their candidates.

Overview

Students should begin the internship process the semester before taking internship for course credit. This includes applying for internship positions and consulting with the Department of Psychology Volunteer/Internship Coordinator.

Students are required to attend the first class scheduled the 2nd Friday of the semester. There are mandatory class meetings (to be announced during first class meeting) that students are also required to attend. Course enrollment may be limited and late approvals could result in a student delaying the experience for a semester if credit for the experience is needed.

The Process expanding section

Obtaining internship or volunteer credit (Fall, Spring, or Summer)

  • PSY 309 Volunteer Experience in Psychology
  • PSY 450 Fieldwork Experience in Psychology: Undergraduate Internship
  • CEI 450 Cooperative Education and Internship
  • CYC 450 Internship in Child/Youth Care

*Please be aware that there are mandatory class meetings (2-6) associated with PSY 309, PSY 450, CYC 450, and CEI 450.

Step 1: Decide on the type of experience/credit you wish to obtain PSY 309; PSY 450; CEI 450; or CYC 450. Use this comparison chart to help make the right choice.

Step 2: If you decide on PSY 309 (prereqs: PSY 100, PSY 212; PSY Milestone #1) - enroll in the course during regular registration. Juniors are encouraged to take PSY 309 prior to a 450 internship. 

Step 3: If you decide on an internship, be sure you meet the prerequisites:

  • PSY 450: PSY 100 and 210; cum GPA of 2.30; junior standing; PSY major; consent of instructor; If CYC minor, same prereqs as PSY 450 plus CYC 301.
  • CEI 450: Junior standing; cum GPA of 2.25; consent of instructor. If CYC minor, same prereqs as PSY 450 plus CYC 301.
  • CYC 450: CYC 301; junior standing; cum GPA of 2.25; consent of instructor.

Step 4: Students should begin the internship process the semester before taking internship for course credit. This includes applying for internship positions and consulting with the Psychology Volunteer/Internship Coordinator.

Step 5: Placement begins with you, the student, by logging into Handshake at uwlax.joinhandshake.com. This account is connected to your other university logins, so click on the "University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Login" link to begin.

Step 6: If you haven’t already done so, you will need to set up your profile and then search for internship sites.  For specific questions regarding Handshake or the internship search, please contact Aiyana Dettmann (adettmann@uwlax.edu) or Karen Durnin (lkdurnin@uwlax.edu) in Career Services in 1140 Centennial Hall or 608.785.8514.

Step 7: After you find a site, interviewed and secured your internship and contacted the Psychology Volunteer/Internship Coordinator (psyinterncoord@uwlax.edu), you will need to click on “Career Center” on Handshake and click “Experiences” and click “Request an Experience”. Please complete the form in its entirety and this will begin the approval process.

Step 8: You will receive an email from the Psychology Volunteer/Internship Coordinator requiring you to provide a 1-2 page essay regarding your placement. You will submit this to the Psychology Volunteer/Internship Coordinator via email prior to approval. The essay is a response to the following: Please elaborate how the work you will be doing in your internship is directly related to the field of psychology. If you are requesting a CYC 450 internship, please emphasize how the placement is directly related to at-risk children/families.

Step 9: Once you have received an approval from the Psychology Volunteer/Internship Coordinator via Handshake, Career Services will review prerequisites and will register you for the course. Please allow a minimum of two (2) weeks for the course to appear on your class schedule after the final approval.

* Please send questions regarding internships or volunteer experiences to the Psychology Volunteer/Internship Coordinator at psyinterncoord@uwlax.edu.

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