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.
How do I sign up for PSC 192?
Find an internship that is relevant to the field of psychology. There is a list of internships from previous quarters under the Forms tab: 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.
E-mail Dr. Herek (email@example.com) to find out if your internship is likely to be approved, to get a copy of the syllabus, and to set up a meeting time with him.
After Dr. Herek gives you tentative approval, download the PSC 192 Application. Complete the form, print it, and sign it.
Have your internship supervisor sign the application form.
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.
All paperwork must be completed by the 10th day of instruction. If this poses a problem for you, meet with Dr. Herek during the first week of the quarter to discuss it.
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). The 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 towards the upper division units required for the Psychology major. The remainder counts only as part of the upper division units required for graduation.
- PSC 192 students must have upper division standing and we recommend a minimum of five upper division psychology courses (this includes courses taken concurrently with Psychology 192). The point is that you need a strong enough background to tackle the term paper.