Internships & Service Learning

PSYC 407 Community Internship in Psychology

Our department’s internship opportunity is a Psychology elective course (you pay tuition, you get a grade, it counts toward the major) that requires 150 hours of direct, site-based service at a pre-approved, local non-profit social service agency. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and be a Psych major. Course prerequisites are PSYC 201, 301, 302, and there is both an application and interview required for entrance to the class. We have specific placements available from which you can choose (see PSYC 407 Application Materials and additional information here); students do not find their own placements.

* * * Plan a semester ahead:

  • applications are due mid-October for the coming SPRING semester
  • applications are due late February for the coming FALL semester
Enrollment and service placements for PSYC 407 is limited; students are encouraged to apply early.

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Service-Learning Project Courses

Each fall and spring semester, our department hosts at least one course that requires a Service-Learning Project (e.g., in-person Social Psychology or Life Span Developmental Psychology with Dr. Lora Haynes). These courses typically host non-profit community partners who describe direct service opportunities for students at their site and students commit to 2 hrs/week at one specific site for 14 weeks of the semester. Community Partners include Volunteers of America, Americana Community Center, and the Resilient Families Project, as well as school-based programs such as Global Game Changers and the Society for the Prevention of Aggressiveness and Violence among Adolescents (SPAVA).

Resilient Families Project programs

Majors and non-majors alike are invited to apply to work with our Resilient Families Project (RFP) at Wayside Christian Mission’s Hotel Louisville. RFP offers opportunities for direct service, program development and evaluation, research, and professional development surrounding work with individuals experiencing homelessness and individuals in drug or alcohol recovery. Programs take place Thursday evenings nearly year-round and interested students are expected to commit to our full program schedule for a minimum of one semester.

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