When can a student become involved in an internship?
The student must be at least a first semester Senior and had to have all of the required
classes for a counseling degree up to this point.
What kind of internship opportunities are there in the psychological department for
There are two. One is focused on those that are interested in counseling. Those students
need to sign up for PSY 484. The class is a 3 credit course, that includes a class
as well as an internship (120 hours). The second internship opportunity is catered
towards research students or applied students, where they get to deal with research
organizations or human resource departments. This course is called Field Experience
and Internships (PSY 486). This is a supervised internship by one of the faculty members
in the Psychology Department.
What is the minimum and maximum number of credits that may be obtained by an internship?
For PSY 484 there is a mandatory 3 credits, (class plus 120 hours). A student may
go up to 9 additional credits for the internship; one credit is 40 hours. Therefore,
3 credits plus another 9 makes the total of 12 credits. For research the maximum is
Could the internship be split up between semesters?
Yes, a student may split their credits into two semesters. They can do it in a way
that fits their schedule.
How does a student go about an internship?
They need to contact the Professor for Mental health practice, in this case it would
be Dr.Drago. They must have all of the requirements, and have in mind the place to
intern with acceptance from Dr.Drago. If a student does not know any places, there
is a variety of places that have been working with the university for years and are
familiar to many students.
What are the benefits of doing an internship?
Interning is a great opportunity for students to get out in the field and experience
if this is what they really want to be doing. This sort of chance prepares a student
for graduate school. The internship shows the student the positives and negatives
of mental health care. It is also a great breaking ground for networking and a way
to interact with professionals. Getting a recommendation from a professional is very
helpful in the eyes of those who are reviewing applications to graduate schools.