Career Preparation Program

1) Internships

The goal of an internship is to provide undergraduate Psychology majors with the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience working in a local community organization that fits with their career goals. Potential organizations include K-12 schools, local businesses, Community Service Agencies, courts, legal government agencies (law enforcement, probation, prosecutor and public defender), and health care agencies such as hospitals and clinics.

2) Coursework

There are courses in the Psychology Department for students that help them develop career skills and help them determine what career is a good fit for them.

Courses Offered

  • PSY 397A: Career Exploration & Professional Development. Students in this class engage in experiential learning (including receiving a 100% engagement notation on their transcripts). For the classes’ final project, students will produce an application for an internship or job opportunity.
  • PSY 396C (2 credits) Preparation for Graduate Programs in the Field of Psychology. In this class, students learn about how best to prepare to apply for and enter graduate programs in the field of Psychology or related fields.

 3) Research Opportunities

Many targeted skills that are useful for careers outside of academia can be acquired in research laboratories in the Psychology Department. To illustrate, some of the research and skills that could be acquired in specific laboratories are as follows…

  • Undergraduate research assistants in the laboratory of Dr. Connie Beck learn how to code data from legal documents and prepare for law school and a legal career.
  • Students in rodent neurophysiology laboratories learn skills such as electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, animal handing/training, and surgical procedures.
  • Undergraduates can gain experience with human brain imaging and brain stimulation technologies as laboratories in the Psychology department use electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), ultrasound, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
  • Students can get experience working with children and learning about child development. Laboratories also work with children with developmental disabilities.
  • Aging and the effects of aging on decision-making and memory is a major focus of the Psychology Department. Consequently, multiple laboratories provide experience working with older adults.

Openings in each lab are limited and students interested should contact the professors to determine if there are research opportunities available. If students do work in a lab, they can earn credit, volunteer, or potentially get paid. Here are some options…

  • Credit: PSY 3392, 399, 492, and 499 (1-3 credit): Engagement courses where students work in a lab and gain research experience. This experience can range from data collection, survey administration, data analysis, biomedical experiments, and animal experiments.
  • Volunteer
  • Paid: Work study. Qualifying students receive substantial support and laboratories only need to pay a fraction of the student’s hourly rate. See:
  • Paid: The Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) subsidizes student pay (UBRP pays for half a student salary) during the semester and for work over the summer. UBRP also offers travel opportunities. See:
  • Paid: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC) offers support for a variety of research opportunities for undergraduates for the summer and during the school year. See: