Fieldwork/Internship Course Description


Under the supervision of both a faculty supervisor and field professional, students take the theories and principles learned in the classroom and apply them to their work in a field setting.  Students acquire knowledge and new skills while providing service to the community.  The field experience facilitates awareness of the working world and helps students with their career development.  A minimum of two 3-credit fieldwork experiences are recommended for all Psychology majors.  Students have the option of taking Fieldwork/Internship during their junior year or during their senior year.  Students may choose to take Fieldwork/Internship courses concurrently or across separate semesters to create part-time or full-time experiences.

PREREQUISITES AND LIMITS

  • Fieldwork/Internship is graded as P (Pass) or NC (No Credit).
  • Fieldwork/Internship experiences may NOT be used to fulfill the Psychology Electives Requirement of the Psychology Major.
  • Students shall not register for more than 12 credits of Fieldwork/Internship in one semester (because registering for 12 credits in one semester would require that students work a full-time fieldwork/internship schedule: 36 to 40 hours a week for a total of 500 work hours).
  • Students cannot complete more than 15 credits of Psychology Fieldwork/Internship during the Undergraduate program.
  • Students must attend an orientation meeting for Fieldwork.
  • Students must complete the Code of Ethics and Professional Behavior Form, which must then be reviewed by the Fieldwork Coordinator and found to be satisfactory.  Students must agree to act within the bounds of the Code of Ethics of the American Psychological Association (see www.apa.org).
  • Students cannot begin at a fieldwork/internship site without the review and approval of the Code of Ethics and Professional Behavior Form and the Fieldwork/Internship Contract by the Fieldwork Coordinator.

Note: Second semester Juniors who are in the Marist Abroad may propose to do a part-time (3 credit) fieldwork experience abroad.  See the section in the Fieldwork Manual: INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS PERFORMING FIELDWORK ABROAD
These students must:

  • Follow all of the regulations of the Marist Abroad.
  • Speak with their Psychology Major Advisor regarding planning their academic program.
  • Complete the Marist International Program's Academic Planning Form.  This form must be signed by the Academic Advisor, Fieldwork Coordinator, and the Chair of the Psychology Department in order to authorize the abroad fieldwork.
  • Follow the Psychology Fieldwork/Internship Manual.


Fieldwork/Internship Course Sequence & Course Numbers for Registration

 

SCHEDULING NOTE: Monday and/or Wednesday from 5:00-6:15pm is reserved for the Fieldwork group supervision meetings for ALL course numbers below.  Do NOT register for another course during this timeslot.

A NOTE ABOUT THE FACULTY SUPERVISOR: When you register, an instructor (Faculty Supervisor) is indicated in the registration materials.  It is likely that there will be a re-assigning of a Faculty Supervisor; thus, the one originally indicated may or may not be the actual Faculty Supervisor.

The Fieldwork/Internship Sequence of Courses and their respective course numbers are:

  • Fieldwork/ Internship I: PSYC487N (3 credits; for the first 3 credits of fieldwork/internship)
  • Fieldwork/Internship II: PSYC488N (3 credits; for students who have already registered for PSYC487N and would like to register for another 3 credits of fieldwork/internship)
  • Fieldwork/Internship III: PSYC489N (3 credits; for students who have already registered for PSYC487N AND PSYC488N and would like to register for another 3 credits of fieldwork/internship)
  • Fieldwork/Internship IV: PSYC490N (3 credits; for students who have already registered for PSYC487N AND PSYC488N AND PSYC489N, and would like to register for another 3 credits of fieldwork/internship)
  • Fieldwork/Internship V: PSYC491N (3 credits; for students who have already registered for PSYC487N AND PSYC488N and PSYC489N AND PSYC490N, and would like to register for another 3 credits of fieldwork/internship)

Fieldwork/Internship I can be completed during the junior year or during senior year.

Students can register for more than one Fieldwork/Internship course in one semester in order to achieve the desired workload. 

For example, a student can choose to do her/his first 6 credits of fieldwork/internship and would register for PSYC487N and PSYC488N, concurrently.  Students can also choose to spread out their fieldwork/internship across multiple semesters.

NOTES:

  • Students may begin their fieldwork/internship no earlier than the first day of the semester’s classes. The fieldwork/internship must be completed before the last day of the semester’s exam period.
  • Fieldwork/internship hours must be spread evenly across the semester; a student cannot concentrate hours (e.g., work overtime) for a shorter period without approval from the Fieldwork/Internship Coordinator. Requests must be submitted in writing.
  • Students shall not register for more than 12 credits of Fieldwork/Internship in one semester (because registering for 12 credits in one semester would require that students work a full-time fieldwork/internship schedule: 36 to 40 hours a week for a total of 500 work hours).
  • Students cannot complete more than 15 credits of psychology Fieldwork/Internship during the undergraduate program.


STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR AND FIELDWORK/SL PROGRAM

The Fieldwork Program provides a culminating experience that will challenge students to meet the student learning outcomes of the Psychology major as outlined below:

Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology
Students should demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.

Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
The skills in this domain involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods.

Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
The skills in this domain involve the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.

Goal 4: Communication
Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.

Goal 5: Professional Development
The emphasis in this goal is on application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation.

 

 

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