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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.

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Obtaining internship credit (Fall, Spring, or Summer)

  *Please be aware that there are mandatory class meetings (2-6) associated with PSY309, PSY450, CYC450, and CEI450.

Step 1: Decide on the type of experience/credit you wish to obtain PSY309; PSY450; CEI450; or CYC450. Use this comparison chart to help make the right choice.

Step 2: If you decide on PSY309 - enroll in the course during regular registration. Juniors are encouraged to take PSY309 prior to a PSY450 internship. 

Step 3: If you decide on PSY, CEI or CYC450, you need a minimum GPA of 2.30 and junior standing.

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 (https://uwlax.joinhandshake.com/login) This account is connected to your other university logins, so click on the "University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Login" link to begin.

Step 6: 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: Once you have 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 “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-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 submitting for a CYC450 internships, please emphasize how the placement is directly related to at-risk children/families.

Step 9:  Once you have received a formal approval from the Psychology Volunteer/Internship Coordinator via Handshake, Career Services will register you for the course. Please allow a maximum of 2 weeks for the course to appear on your class schedule after the final approval.

 

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