INTERNSHIP IN PSYCHOLOGY
FIELD WORK IN PSYCHOLOGY
What is PSC 192?
PSC 192 is an opportunity to get practical experience in the field of psychology. For every one unit registered, you are required to complete 30 hours of internship work during the quarter. In addition, there is a weekly journal and paper requirement.
- Upper division standing in psychology (including successful completion of PSC 1 and 41)
- Consent of instructor. To successfully meet the requirements for PSC 192, students need a solid background in Psychology. For this reason, instructor's consent to enroll will be given only to students who have completed a sufficient number of upper-division Psychology courses to provide such a background. We strongly recommend at least five courses, some of which may be taken concurrently with Psychology 192.
How do I sign up for PSC 192?
- Find an internship that interests you and is relevant to the field of psychology. If you're looking for possible options, consult the list of internships from previous quarters under the Forms tab at http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/department/forms/?link=40. Click on PSC 192 Internship Opportunities.
Your internship does not have to be one that is in the list, but it should be related to the field of psychology. It's your responsibility to find your internship and make the necessary arrangements with the agency or organization where you'll be working.
- Contact Prof. Herek (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm that your internship is acceptable for PSC 192 credits. This is especially important if your internship doesn't appear on the PSC 192 Internship Opportunities list.
- Once you have received tentative approval from Dr. Herek and arranged your internship, download the PSC 192 Application in MS Word format. Complete the form (using MS Word or similar software), print it, and sign it.
- Have your internship supervisor sign the application form.
- E-mail Dr. Herek (email@example.com) to get a copy of the syllabus and to set up a meeting with him during the first week of the quarter.
- Meet with or e-mail Dr. Herek to get official approval for the internship.
- Take the approved application (with Dr. Herek's signature) to the Undergrad Advising Office to get a CRN.
- You must meet with Dr. Herek by the end of the first week of the quarter and all paperwork must be completed by the 10th day of instruction.
- If you have or foresee any problems completing these steps, contact Dr. Herek via e-mail before or during the first week of the quarter.
What are the requirements for PSC 192?
Number of hours worked: For each unit of PSC 192, you must complete 30 hours of supervised internship work. Thus, if you sign up for 2 units, you are required to work 60 hours throughout the quarter; for 3 units, 90 hours; for 4 units, 120 hours. Please see your undergrad advisor to discuss the number of units that are best for your curriculum.
Weekly journal: Each week, you will submit a journal to the internship coordinator, Dr. Herek (firstname.lastname@example.org). In the journal, you will link your weekly experience to some aspect of psychological theory or research. This might require some library research. Ideally, your journal entries will help you decide upon a topic for your final paper.
Term paper: The paper will incorporate your experience in the internship with a topic in psychological theory or research. It must relate your experiences in the internship setting to material covered in Psychology or closely related courses (such as Human Development, Community Development, Education, Animal Behavior, Communication, Anthropology, or Sociology). The integration should be explicit: Describe relevant theories and empirical studies, and cite primary sources. You should also supplement your coursework with library research, because specific courses only rarely provide you with enough depth to write a good paper. The length of the paper depends on the number of PSC 192 units for which you register (see the table below).
A preliminary outline of your paper will be due in the middle of the quarter (Dr. Herek will provide you with specific dates). The final paper is due the first day of exam week. No exceptions.
Units Time Commitment
(average over 10 weeks)
1 30 hours (3-5 hrs/week average) 6 pages 2 60 hours (6-8 hrs/week average) 8 pages 3 90 hours (9-11 hrs/week average) 10 pages 4 120 hours (12-14 hrs/week average) 12 pages 5 150 hours (15-17 hrs/week average) 14 pages 6 180 hours (18 or more hrs/week average) 16 pages
Other Information about PSC 192
- PSC 192 is offered in the fall, winter, and spring quarters. It is not currently offered during the summer.
- PSC 192 offers 1 to 6 units of pass/no pass credit to upper division students who are involved in fieldwork in psychology.
- PSC 192 may be repeated once for credit. No more than twelve 192 units are allowed; this includes 192 units taken in other departments.
- Only the first four PSC 192 units count toward the upper division units required for the Psychology major. The remainder counts only as part of the upper division units required for graduation.