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Field Experience

Psychology majors can participate in PSYC 491, Professional Field Experience in Psychology, each academic term. This course involves placement at a community agency performing work relevant to psychology for academic credit. The course may be taken as a capstone experience or for elective credits (elective credits beyond the three credits counted for a capstone experience count toward the 120 needed for a degree, but not toward the 42 limit on psychology credits). Psychology majors interested in participating in PSYC 491 must first apply to and be accepted for the program before they can arrange a placement.

Students interested in participating in PSYC 491 should carefully read the description of the program, review the list of available placements and then submit the application form and two recommendation forms.

Students who seek to complete a field experience at a site that is not on the list of available sites should submit a request for placement approval form with their application to PSYC 491.

Application due dates are posted in the Life Sciences Building each semester. Acceptances to the program and information about setting up a placement will be e-mailed to applicants following acceptance to the program. Applications will be accepted after the due date, but priority for preferred placements will be given to on-time applicants. Students are not allowed to contact sites to set up interviews or arrange for placements until they receive an acceptance to the program, contact information and instructions for setting up a placement.

Students who are already approved for the PSYC 491 program and who have received authorization to interview at a placement site(s) may download the following documents here.  The first document provides instructions for next steps, including advice regarding interviewing and setting up a placement.  Also available are the Student/Supervisor Internship Agreement form and the Practicum Agreement Transmittal Form, which must be submitted prior to registering for the course.

Frequently asked questions about obtaining a Professional Field Experience in Psychology are answered in the description of the program above. Any additional questions may be directed to the program coordinator, Stephanie McWilliams ( or 304-293-0834).