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Residential Psychology Internship

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.

Requirements for Psychology Internship (PSYC 499)

In order to be considered for PSYC 499, 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)
  • 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. 

Instructions for Submitting an Application

Study Abroad

Suggested Duties for Internship

Duties for Site

  • Provide facilities suitable for the 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)

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.
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