Internships & Community Engagement

Whether through paid work, internships, or community engagement, experience matters. Gaining hands-on experience is the best way to gain real-world skills, build a network of professional contacts, and test out careers that best suit you. Employers seek job candidates with experience. Internships and community engagement will help you build your resume and increase your chances of getting the career you want. 

Psychology Resources

Use the Psychology list of volunteer and internship sites to browse local organizations and find an engagement experience related to your interests and goals. Read the Psych Scoop newsletter to stay up-to-date on current position openings, and meet with psychology advising for additional assistance. 

The Psychology Engagement Award awards up to $500 each semester for students participating in an unpaid, hands-on engagement experience related to psychology. 

PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers a 1-4 credit Internship course to pair with your internship experience - the course is taught completely online. PSY 3896: Internships in Psychology: this course allows students to earn elective credit toward their psychology major.

The PSY 3896 course is currently only offered in Fall and Spring semester. Students seeking a credit-bearing internship in Summer might consider ID/CLA 3896: Internship Reflection offered by the College of Liberal Arts. The ID/CLA 3896 course is not accepted in the Psychology Major or Minor.

Fall 2020 PSY 3896, the instructor is Michael Houlahan, who can be emailed at mhoulaha@umn.edu.
1.) Find a and secure an Internship position using the resources below - for Fall 2020, a remote internship option is highly recommended. 
2.) Follow the Student Instructions for PSY 3896 Internship Site Agreement (in GoldPASS powered by Handshake)
3.) Once approved, receive a Permission # to register for PSY 3896 credits from Instructor, Michael Houlahan

PSY 3896 is a repeatable course, but, the same internship site cannot be used in a repeated registration.

If you want more information about PSY 3896, please email us at psyadvis@umn.edu

Other Resources

CLA Career Services can help you explore your interests, find internships, apply to positions, and more.

The Center for Community-Engaged Learning (CCEL) focuses on getting students involved in the local community:

  • Volunteer at a non-profit organization in the Twin Cities. Meet with a CCEL peer advisor to learn about opportunities that match your interests, values, and goals. 
  • Take Service-learning classes, that allow you to incorporate community engagement into your coursework. Check out a full listing of service-learning courses (including two PSY classes) on the Center for Community-Engaged Learning website. 
  • Explore the Community Engagement Scholars Program, which allows you to gain distinction for integrating community engagement into your undergraduate education.