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Online Psychology Internship

As an LUO Psychology major, you have two course options for completing your final degree requirement:

  • PSYC 491
  • PSYC 499

Requirements for Psychology Internship (PSYC 499 or PSYC 491)

In order to be considered for PSYC 499/PSYC 491, the following requirements 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)
  • PSYC 499 ONLY: Suitable internship site
    • Note: At least 70% of hours in direct observation of the special population the site services with a maximum of 30% of hours in administrative duties. 

Capstone in Psychology (PSYC 491)

PSYC 491 is a capstone course that junior and senior students may take as an alternative to an internship experience. Selected topics in psychology will be treated at an advanced level and require the application of psychological theories, biblical worldview, and personal reflection. Observation experience will be acquired in clinical settings via online meetings and recorded counseling sessions. Online registration dates and deadlines for the capstone course can be found by visiting the Liberty University Online Academic Calendar.

PSYC 491 Registration Steps

Psychology Internship (PSYC 499)

An understanding of the behavior and learning potential of individuals who are different from you can be an effective tool for intrapersonal and interpersonal Christian growth. The PSYC 499 Internship is required of all residential students pursuing their B.S. in Psychology. An internship provides experience in the field, awareness of professional responsibilities and skills needed to work in the field, and the ability to process and synthesize human behavior patterns.

PSYC 499 is designed to provide direct observational experience of individuals receiving services at a site. It is also designed to allow students the opportunity to build the skills needed for professional employment in the helping professions. Students will combine past course material with current observational experiences in order to synthesize their understanding of human development in spiritual, social, emotional, and cognitive-behavioral domains. The primary emphasis of PSYC 499 is the observation and acquisition of skills necessary for helping specific populations.

Instructions for Submitting an Application

Step 1: Select an internship site

Tips for Selecting an Internship Site

  • Liberty does not place students in internship sites. Finding a placement is the student’s responsibility.
  • PSYC 499  is an A term course.
  • Local community service boards or mental health agencies often have information about potential opportunities.
  • Ask to volunteer, shadow, 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,  email psyc499intern@liberty.edu with the following contact information:
    • Site name
    • Site supervisor name
    • Site supervisor email
    • Site supervisor phone number

Some Suggested Internship Sites

  • Community agencies (including non-profits, shelters, transitional programs, mental health clinics, etc.)
  • Counseling practices (shadowing a counselor, attending group meetings such as AA or others, shadowing an ABA clinician, etc.)
  • Care centers – child, adult, assisted living (including summer care programs, special needs programs, youth programs, nursing homes, senior centers, hospice, etc.)
  • Social service agencies (including government or military agencies, shadowing a social worker, crisis response teams, etc.)
  • Religious organizations – youth groups, camps, churches, etc. (there are typically a wide-range of opportunities available through churches, including shadowing pastoral care, Celebrate Recovery group meetings, children’s ministries, teen ministries, outreach events, etc.)

Disclaimer about choosing a school or a hospital as your internship site:

Schools and hospitals are both acceptable potential internship sites. If you are pursuing either of these options, be advised that schools and hospitals often require extensive paperwork. They also usually require that a contract (an Affiliation Agreement) be in place between the site and LU. Please email the internship team (psyc499intern@liberty.edu) for assistance navigating these situations. If your site is unable to meet our department’s contract requirements, you will be required to find a new internship site. If you are pursuing a school or hospital as your site, please secure a second internship opportunity as a back-up in case you are unable to intern at the school or hospital.

A few examples of sites that would NOT be approved:

  • Informal babysitting/nannying positions
  • Secretary/administrative work (including reception work at a counseling office)
  • Retail sales associate
  • Prior experiences (all hours must be completed within the semester dates at a site)
  • Crisis texting or phone call lines
  • Suicide Prevention Hotlines

Step 2: Secure a site supervisor and obtain an approval email/document from your supervisor

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 an attachment as part of the application process.

Sample supervisor approval statement: “I, [site supervisor’s name], agree to supervise [student name] during his/her internship at [site name].”

General requirements for sites/site supervisors:

  • Provide facilities suitable for fulfillment of the internship course objectives for the duration of the student’s internship
  • Orient the student to the facility and provide information regarding the facility’s rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Provide opportunities for the student to observe the behavior of individuals/clients at the site for a minimum of 70% of the student’s required hours
  • Complete a midterm and final evaluation based on the student’s performance/completion of hours (an evaluation template will be provided)

Step 3: Gather all the information necessary to fill out the online application

  • Site name
  • Site address
  • Site supervisor’s full name
  • Site supervisor’s email address
  • Site supervisor approval email/document
  • Detailed description of the duties you will be performing during your internship

Step 4: Complete the Online Application before the application deadline

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer 2023: March 1, 2023
  • Fall 2023: July 1, 2023
  • Spring 2024: November 1, 2023

Note: Registration dates and deadlines can be found by visiting the Liberty University Academic Calendar.

Using your Liberty username and password, log into the application form. You will be prompted to complete a short quiz before entering your internship information. Please attach the email from your supervisor as a Word or PDF document. Include the header information/dated email information on this document.

Step 5: Complete the Online APL assessment

Completion of the Assessment of Psychology Learning (APL) is required of all students applying to take PSYC 499. 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. It is not necessary to study for this survey—it is simply an assessment of learning. It is not graded, but it is timed.

 Step 6: Wait for approval and check your inbox daily

Once you have submitted your application and taken the APL assessment, check your email daily for updates on your application. If additional information is needed to approve your application, you will receive an email from either Sharepoint or psyc499intern@liberty.edu to the email you provided on your application requesting the needed information. NOTE: If you do not reply to emails regarding your application, your application may be denied. If you have any questions as you are waiting for approval, please reach out to psyc499intern@liberty.edu. Please allow up to 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed.

Step 7: Save your approval email to upload to the PSYC 499 course

You’re approved! Congratulations! Check your inbox and your spam/junk folder for an approval email from Sharepoint (the application website). Save this approval email to your computer to upload during the first week of the PSYC 499 course. Once your application is approved, you will be automatically registered for the PSYC 499 course (you will not be able to register yourself for the course). If you have any questions about registration for PSYC 499, please reach out to psyc499intern@liberty.edu.

NOTE: You will be enrolled in a residential course section of PSYC 499. The course will still be completed entirely online. You will not be required to meet residentially during any point of the semester.

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