An understanding of the behavior and learning potential of clients who are different can be an effective tool for intrapersonal and interpersonal Christian growth. The PSYC 499 Internship is required by all students pursuing their B.S. in Psychology or B.S. in Human Services. The internship provides experience, awareness of professional responsibilities and skills, and develops a synthesis of human behavior patterns.
PSYC 499 is designed to provide direct experience in helping persons with special needs, to enhance awareness of the responsibilities and skills needed for professional employment in the psychological services, and to acquire a synthesis of human development in spiritual, social, emotional, and cognitive behavior patterns. The primary focus will be directed towards observation and acquisition of skills necessary for helping special populations.
Instructions for Submission
Course Documents (Frequently Asked Questions, Course Syllabus, and Course Schedule)
Tips for Internship
Suggested Duties for Internship
These must be met prior to submitting an application.
- 2.0+ overall GPA
- Junior or Senior status
- 18 credits of PSYC or PSYC-related coursework successfully completed (includes CCOU, MILT, LIFC, CRIS, SOCI, and COUN courses)
- Suitable internship site
- Select a site and site supervisor that you will submit as part of the application. Ask your potential supervisor to send you an email indicating that he or she is willing to supervise your internship. Once you receive this email, please save it as a Word or PDF document to submit as part of the application process.
- Complete the Online Application using your Liberty username and password. Please be sure to use Firefox as your web browser when accessing the application. Please attach the email from your supervisor as a Word or PDF document. Include the header information.
- Complete the Assessment of Psychology Learning (APL). Once you have submitted your application successfully, you will receive an email notifying you of your successful submission and providing instructions for completing the APL. The APL is an assessment tool which must be completed by all students applying for the internship course. It is not necessary to study as this is an assessment of learning and not a test.
- Submit a copy of the acceptance email that you receive. You will need to submit this document as an assignment in Module 1 of your internship. You will not be able to receive a duplicate copy of this email.
The deadlines for applications for upcoming internships are:
- Summer 2019: March 27, 2019
- Fall 2019: July 18, 2019
- Spring 2020: Oct 31, 2019
Note: Applications will not be reviewed until registration opens for the semester in which you are applying. Online registration dates and deadlines can be found by visiting the Liberty University Online Academic Calendar.
- Liberty does not place students in internship sites. Finding a placement is the student’s responsibility.
- PSYC 499 & HESR 499 are A term courses lasting 16 weeks in the fall/spring terms, and 14-15 weeks in the summer term.
- Local community service boards or mental health agencies often have information about opportunities.
- Ask to volunteer or work instead of asking for an internship.
- Visit the agency in person with your resume and syllabus to review the course objectives.
- All students are required to earn a minimum 3 credit 125-hour internship. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about credits and hours.
- Due to the non-clinical nature of the internship experience, affiliation agreements should not be necessary between the internship site and Liberty University; however, if a site that you have located requires an affiliation agreement to be in place then email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following contact information:
- Site name
- Site supervisor name
- Site supervisor email
- Site supervisor phone number
- Review the following Internship PowerPoint, which includes information regarding the internship.
Examples of Approved Sites
- Study Abroad Trip
- Community agencies
- Counseling practices
- Social service settings
- Care centers – child, adult, assisted living
- Religious organizations – youth groups, camps, churches, etc.
- Visit our Internship Opportunities Page
Examples of Sites that would Not be Approved
- Informal babysitting/nannying positions
- Secretary/administrative work
- Retail sales associate
- Prior experiences (all hours must be completed with the semester dates as a site)
- Crisis texting lines
- Suicide Prevention Hotlines (your experience must be in person)
The Department of Psychology takes several trips throughout the year. These can be used to fulfill the internship requirements or other course requirements. These trips provide an opportunity for students to gain valuable understanding of cultural dynamics within the discipline while studying particular topics.
Duties for Site
- Provide facilities suitable for fulfillment of the internship course objectives for the Observational/Occupational Experience
- Orient Students to the Facility and provide information regarding the Facility’s rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
- Provide an opportunity for the student to observe the behavior of individuals/clients at the site
- Provide supervision (an individual that holds at least a bachelor’s degree)
- Complete a midterm and final evaluation based on the student’s performance
Duties for Intern
- Observe the behavior of individuals/clients at the site for the required total number of hours during the semester dates
- Perform duties that are related to the student’s program (i.e., Crisis Counseling) at the site
- Other duties could vary based on the needs of the site.
You will receive an email confirmation when you successfully submit your application. Keep this for your records and to submit it in Module 1. You will receive a link to the Assessment of Psychology Learning (APL). Complete this assessment within one week of your application submission. If additional information is required, then you will receive an email requesting this. Please complete additional requirements within 48 hours of receipt of the email request.
You will receive an email when your application is processed (accepted or declined). If accepted to the internship, then you will be automatically registered for the class (you will not be able to register yourself for the course). Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing. Please continue to check your Liberty email regularly for updates regarding your application. Keep in mind, the internship course is a full semester course (A-term). There are no 8-week (B-term, C-term, or D-term) options for the internship course.
No late paperwork will be accepted. Additionally, all applications must be submitted online through the internship application portal. No applications are accepted through mail, fax, or email. Students who miss the deadline must wait until the next available semester to apply. The Student Internship Application is the contract between the student, the internship site supervisor, and Liberty University. Any changes to your internship plan must be approved in writing by you, your site supervisor and Liberty University.