INTERNSHIP IN PSYCHOLOGY
FIELD WORK IN PSYCHOLOGY
Instructor: Professor Phillip Shaver
What is PSC 192?
PSC 192 is an opportunity to get practical experience in the field of psychology. For every one unit registered, you will need 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?
1. Click on 192 Application link (see above) and print out the form.
2. 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; it should be related to the field of psychology.
3. E-mail Dr. Shaver (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.
Note : Dr. Shaver will hold regular office hours for the first 10 days of class and afterwards by appointment. If today is during the first 10 days of class, ask someone in the Undergrad Advising Office what Dr. Shaver's hours are for the current quarter. His office is Room 103 in Young Hall.
4. Fill out the application and have your internship supervisor sign it.
5. Meet with or email Dr. Shaver to get official approval for the internship.
6. Bring the approved application (with Dr. Shaver's signature) to the Undergrad Advising Office to get a CRN.
7. All paperwork must be completed by the 10th day of instruction. If this poses a problem for you, meet with Dr. Shaver before or during the first week of the quarter to discuss a possible extension.
What are the requirements for PSC 192?
1. 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.
2. Weekly Journal: Each week, you will submit a journal to the internship coordinator, Dr. Shaver (firstname.lastname@example.org). In this journal, you will link your weekly experience to some aspect of psychological theory or research. This might require a small amount of research, and, ideally, these journals will help you come up with a topic for your final paper.
3. Term Paper: The length of the paper depends on the number of PSC 192 units for which you register (see the syllabus for the number of pages). The paper will incorporate your experience in the internship with a topic in psychological theory or research. See the syllabus for more information.
** The paper is due the first day of exam week. No exceptions.**
Other Information about PSC 192
- Psychology 192 offers 1 to 6 units of pass/no pass credit to upper division students who are involved in fieldwork in psychology. Psychology 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 Psychology 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.
- Psychology 192 units 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.
- More information about the term paper: This paper must relate 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 actual theories, studies, or results, and cite actual references. You should also supplement your coursework with some library research, since only rarely do specific courses provide you with enough depth to write a good paper.