In addition to traditional classroom experiences, the Psychology Department offers engaging opportunities to allow students to maximize their learning experience at the College. Stepping off our campus to the world of work, the laboratory, and far away places will have a meaningful impact on your well-rounded educational experience.
Internships and Field Studies:
The internship program takes place during the month of January. Students spend four weeks immersed in a setting that provides hands-on experience in a career field of interest. We match each student with a placement site that complements their interests. Additional career-related experiences can be gained through the field study program that is offered each semester.
Students can gain research experience through many venues in the Psychology Department. After introducing our students to research methodology in our 4-hour Research Methods course, students are encouraged to seek out professors who are conducting research and join their team. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to conduct two research projects in their selected Research and Theoretical Systems (RATS) courses. More focused, independent work is accomplished in the Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program and the year-long Senior Projects. These student projects often result in a presentation at a regional, national, or international conference—take a look at the impressive accomplishments of our students—student research pictures.
Psychology Travel Courses:
Opportunities to gain culturally and environmentally-rich experiences can be gained by taking one of the several travel courses offered in the Department. You may choose to learn about Prejudice, Privilege, and Social Transformation by joining Dr. Klaaren’s travel course to South Africa; learn about the African Perspective by joining Dr. Hughes’ travel course to Ghana; learn about the Role of Sociocultural Context in Shaping Child Welfare by joining Dr. Parker’s travel course to visit Romania; or, if you’re looking for a nonhuman alternative, learn about Comparative Animal Behavior (especially primates) by joining Dr. Lambert’s travel course to the Curu Wildlife Reserve in Costa Rica.