in Psychology (and related areas)
Internships and Individualized Experiences
This page provides some general
information about various aspects of Internships, Individualized
and Applications of Knowledge in Psychology and related areas.
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showing Options for Meeting the Application of Learning Requirement
The Psychology major at Metropolitan
State University has an "Application of
This is intended to include an individualized, applied learning
experience for students. A few students may have transfer
work from another school that could satisfy the application of
knowledge requirement. Many (perhaps most)
students complete an individualized internship to fulfill this
requirement (this experience appears as Psyc 350I
on a student's record). Also, some students participate in Group
internships (offered in Psychology as Psyc 399,
usually in social psych or the psych lab; also in some other Depts.),
which can be used toward the application of knowledge
requirement -- just make sure to discuss (and clear) this with
your advisor IN ADVANCE. Students interested in
research could do an independent-study research experience working with
faculty member of her/his research,
or if a student has interests in a particular topic she or he may be
to do a student-initiated independent study research
project with a willing faculty supervisor. Finally, some students
have substantial experience in a work or other setting
might qualify for Prior Learning Assessment (or PLA).
Generally, one can consult with
his or her advisor to see if this
would be possible in the particular student's case.
ALL of these options require arrangement with
offices/individuals PRIOR to registration (so make sure you
time to do this work prior to registration. MOST of these
require a paper registration form, and cannot be
added through the online registration process. Such "classes" are
to your schedule only after the completed forms
are approved by the Psychology Department and delivered to Gateway
This process takes time, so PLAN AHEAD!
Individualized Internships are coordinated by the
Institute for Community Engagement and Scolarship (ICES).
The ICES works with internship sites and coordinates the paperwork
associated with registration for individualized
internships. The ICES also maintains lists of internship
possibilities, and will consult with students desiring internships
(they do this in group sessions once a month, or individually by
appointment). The ICES
web site and the ICES
Internship pages provide links to much information on internships.
Finally, most issues of the Catalyst
Each Internship also has an academic
component. If you do an individualized internship, the faculty
the relevant academic area will have group meetings and/or written
requirements that provide mechanisms through
which you can demonstrate and/or document your learning (you get credit
for Learning, not just for doing).
In Psychology, find the liaison by looking for the Instructor listed
for Psyc 010 under Workshops in the Psychology
section of the printed schedule -- or look for Psyc 010 in the online
schedule. You MUST attend the group meetings
and complete the assignments in order to get credit for your internship.