PSY 503— Guidelines
PSY 503 - Internship – The crediting bearing internship program was developed in order to give student an opportunity to apply class learning in a supervised and applied setting.
In this placement, the student intern earns either 2 or 4 academic credits for their participation in the internship.
PSY 503 does not count toward the psychology major.
To enroll in PSY 503, the student must complete an internship proposal, emphasizing the specific objectives for the internship. The student must then determine a placement, and in collaboration with an agency supervisor, delineate how those objectives will be met. The intern must complete a minimum of 100 hours of on-site activity for 4-credit internships and 50 hours of on-site activity for 2-creditinternships. The intern’s activities are coordinated by the student and the on-site supervisor and approved by the Furman faculty sponsor. In addition to working in various capacities on-site, the student completes a comprehensive project and participates in a regular on-campus seminar that is coordinated by the Furman faculty sponsor. The student’s project is one that is agreed upon by the student and the on-site supervisor and approved by the Furman faculty supervisor. It is expected that the project will be of significant value to the sponsoring agency. The intern is also expected to make a presentation, based on the project, to members of the seminar class, and to make an on-site presentation to interested members of the hosting agency. The presentation should be formal and should include a full audience made up of clients, staff, supervisors or others who are in some way relevant to the project. The seminar presentation serves as warm-up to the on-site presentation. This placement is graded on a PASS/FAIL basis.
While on the internship, it is the responsibility of the student to do all of the following:
- Be a positive representative of Furman University and the Furman Psychology Department.
Meet the professional expectations of the placement agency, including adherence to dress and behavioral codes, liability coverage as necessary, confidentiality, work hours, etc.
Journal (in a notebook that is unique to the internship) all activities, including entries related to all of the following:
Complete the comprehensive project while involved with the internship.
Make a campus and on-site presentation related to the term project topic.
Complete an internship evaluation form at the completion of the placement.
See that the supervisor completes an evaluation form relative to the student’s performance.
Type of activity (e.g., onsite activity vs. project research)
- Specifics of the activity (e.g., testing, clerical, counseling, etc.).
- Time involved in the activity
- Reflection on the activity relative to class experiences/topics (e.g., comment on the nature of the problem, diagnosis, conceptual controversy, etc.)
PASSING the internship class is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all internship objectives.
Additional information and Internship Forms can be obtained by going to the Department Web page.