What is field study?

Psychology Field Study is an academic internship program offered to Psychology and Cognitive Science majors to integrate current and prior coursework with community involvement. For two consecutive 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 (PSYC 193) is a 5-unit, upper division Psychology course offered P/NP.

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.

What are the program requirements?

You are qualified for field study if you are a senior or junior declared Psychology or Cognitive Science major in good academic standing. In order to have a more rich field study experience, it is recommended that applicants already have completed some upper division Psychology coursework.

In order to apply to the Field Study Program you must:

  • Attend an Info Session (this is required to receive a link to the application)
  • Submit an application & resume

All admitted students will:

  • Complete 10 hours per week at their placement for two quarters
  • Complete 2 skill-building workshops each quarter
  • Complete a mid-quarter reflection and final assessment of their placement
  • Complete an academic project with guidance from their faculty sponsor

Where would I complete my internship?

Placements are available in various non-profits, schools and government agencies. Students intern in the mental health field, criminal justice, and 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 and Cognitive Science 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 Info Session to learn more!

I have more questions. What should I do?

Check out the FAQ page!