Cognitive Science and Psychology majors can attend a Field Study Info Session to find out specific placement opportunities available to students accepted in the Psychology Field Study Program. Accepted students can view a full listing of all placements including position descriptions. Students can also view other available positions online at the Career Center Internship & Volunteering page. Below are a few examples of the types of placements available to field study students.

Working with Children 

Special Education Intern

Work with a special education classroom as an assistant. Learn about the field of school psychology.

Behavior Aide

Be trained as a behavior modification specialist for a child with Autism. Assist a young child learn how to speak, interact and learn new skills.

Teacher's Aide

Assist teachers in preschool or grade school.   

Counselor’s assistant

Work with children in groups and one-to-one to learn positive communication and coping skills. Work with a school psychologist on a school site.

Working with Adolescents

Social Work Intern

Work with adolescents girls in a group home setting; provide tutoring and general support in the area of life skills. 

After school program

Implement recreational, academic and support programs for middle school aged children in an after school enrichment program.

Alternative high school

Work with the clinical and academic components of a clean and sober high school in Santa Cruz. Assist with sports, group support and classroom participation.


Provide one to one mentoring to teens trying to remain clean and sober. Work with teachers and counseling staff working with the kids.

Working with Adults

Public Defender’s Office

Work with the investigation unit to help translate for attorneys, conduct interviews with witnesses and victims and help take cases to court.

Probation Department

Work with a probation officer on their adult probation caseloads. Make follow up calls to clients, go on community visits, assist with caseload planning.

Transitional Program for People with Mental Illness

Help staff to run groups, organize outings and talk with residents one to one who are learning skills to live independently.