Psychology Internship Guidelines

UW-River Falls Psychology Department Internship Guidelines

Course Description PSYC 379 (1-3 cr.)

This internship program supervises students as they complete work in human service agencies, businesses, industries, or organizations. The goal of the program is to provide students with opportunities to apply their knowledge and to learn more about work in the field of psychology. The intern's duties and responsibilities will be tailored to the needs of the sponsoring organization and the background of the student. The internship site must be approved by the psychology department in advance of the work experience.

Prerequisites: Students must have completed 60 semester credit hours (at least 20 credits in psychology) with a 2.5 overall GPA and obtain the consent of the department supervisor. An Internship Placement Agreement form must be completed by the student, the internship supervisor and by the agency.

Fifty hours of internship experience is required for each credit earned. A three-credit experience requires 150 hours of participation. Course grades will be determined by the department supervisor. The grade will reflect the quality of the internship performance as well as the quality of the written report submitted by the student.

Required Written Report: The written report consists of two parts: a weekly report and a final summary analysis.

The student must send a weekly emailed report to the department supervisor outlining their activities and total hours worked that week. 

The final summary analysis is based on the student's overall experiences and is an in-depth appraisal of the internship experience. The student should try to answer the following questions: What was the experience like for you? What major things have you learned? How did your experience connect (or not) to your academic experiences as a psychology major?