What is field study?
Psychology Field Study is an academic internship program offered to psychology majors to integrate current and prior coursework with community involvement. For a minimum of two quarters, students devote ten hours a week to a community based internship. Students are matched with a faculty member with whom they complete an academic project each quarter associated with the work they are experiencing in the field. Students are supported by attending group meetings, skill building workshops, and keeping a journal. Field Study is a 5 unit, upper division Psychology course for junior and senior declared Psychology majors. For more detailed information, see the specific requirements page.
Should I do field study?
Field study is most valuable for students wanting to look at their course work in psychology from a hands-on perspective. Field study will support you to learn critical skills in reflection, communication and integration of classroom knowledge with practical skills. Students who benefit most from the program are students who are: interested in pursuing graduate school, have personal interest or enthusiasm in experience as a way to learn, or want to explore a particular career.
The time and effort to complete field study is well spent. Student feedback is very positive from alumni and current students. If you would like, you may read some of the student feedback.
Where would I complete my internship?
Placements are available in over 120 different non-profits, schools or government agencies. Students work in the mental health field, criminal justice, social welfare system just to name a few possibilities. A quick sampling of positions currently offered includes: working as an aide in a special ed classroom, facilitating discussion groups with battered women, providing positive mentorship for children in foster care, staffing a hotline for suicide prevention. See a partial listing of the many placements available.
How do I apply?
Junior or Senior declared Psychology majors in good academic standing are eligible to apply for field study. Students apply to field study the quarter before they plan to begin their internship. Attend an Information Meeting to learn more.