Internships

You can serve an internship for one or two semesters of credit in Applied Psychology. The wide range of opportunities includes:

  • Work with autistic children
  • Assisting probation officers and guidance counselors
  • Work in advertising and human resources
  • Assisting in psychiatric facilities

All allow students to spend ten hours a week using knowledge acquired in their classes. The Adrienne Kirby Family Literacy Project provides opportunities to be involved in preventive intervention that helps low-income preschoolers and their parents in language and reading. As a senior, you can undertake independent research; as a junior, you can apply, as many have done successfully, for summer research opportunities at other institutions, as well as supervised research and summer opportunities at Fairfield University.

Internship sites (a sampling):

  • CRN International (radio marketing)
  • People's Bank (human resources)
  • YWCA (domestic violence unit)
  • Superior Court (adult probation, family court, juvenile center)
  • Legal Services of Connecticut
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (children's unit)
  • Family and Children's Agency, Norwalk
  • New England Center for Children
  • Giant Steps
  • National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Fairfield Preparatory School (counseling)
  • The United Way (organizational)

Family Literacy Project

The Family Literacy Project is an early intervention program designed to increase the school readiness of low income urban Head Start preschool-age children through direct tutoring of the children and through parent education workshops. Students are trained to be literacy coaches and are assigned to work individually with preschoolers who have been identified as having delays in their language development. In addition to this supervised applied experience, several of our majors have used their work at Head Start to become involved in research.

Internship in Applied Psychology

Integrating both cognitive and experiential learning, the Psychology Department offers its senior psychology majors the opportunity to work as interns in varied settings. Student interns are offered a wide selection of placements from which to choose, including working with autistic children, assisting probation officers, working with guidance counselors, learning about advertising or human resources, working in psychiatric facilities, etc. Each student spends at least ten hours per week on-site under qualified supervision enabling her or him to use the skills and knowledge acquired as students of psychology.

Internship in Teaching Psychology

This practicum experience, open to advanced psychology majors, affords the student an opportunity to explore the profession of the teaching of psychology. Under the direct supervision of the professional staff of the Department, students are introduced to the issues of curriculum development, methods of classroom instruction, selection and use of media resources, test construction, and strategies for the academic and practical motivation of students. Interns have the opportunity to observe participating faculty engaged in the profession of teaching, to share in some of the instructional activities, and to meet with other interns in a seminar format to process the learning experiences.