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Overview

Empower the Next Generation of Changemakers. Volunteers work with youth in communities on projects that promote engagement and active citizenship, including gender awareness, employability, health and HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, sporting programs, and information technology.

Students that select Youth in Development may concentrate in one of the following areas:  Social Work; Counseling; Community Development; Developmental Psychology; Human Development; or Family Studies.

Students are required to take three courses from the following:

  • CO 242: Alcohol, Addiction and Culture (Service Learning)
  • CO 246: Family Communication
  • ED 241: Educational Psychology
  • EN 355: Gender Theory
  • PY 111: Developmental Psychology (Nursing students only)
  • PY 122: Psychology and the Law
  • PY 131: Abnormal Psychology (non-majors)
  • PY 212: Developmental Psychology* (lab or non-lab section) Service Learning
  • PY 221: Social Psychology (Influence by Society)
  • PY 222: Stereotyping Prejudice and Discrimination
  • PY 231: Abnormal Psychology for Majors
  • PY 261: Behavioral Neuroscience (Pre-med students, core natural science class)
  • WS 101: Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

 

*Education minors and nursing students are required to take Developmental Psychology, a service learning course in which students work with the Adrienne Kirby Family Literacy Project conducting literacy work and mentoring.

   Students must also build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity, such as:

  • Non-psychology students may take service learning courses that relate to working with youth, for example:
    • PO 141: African Politics: students work with the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants to mentor refugee youth, providing homework help and English language support
    • EG 260: Robots: students participate in weekly mentoring of a local youth robotics competition team
    • CO 242: Alcohol, Addiction, and Culture: students engage in service with local high school students, working together to strategize ways to talk about alcohol use
  • Psychology majors may participate in an internship for one or two semesters for credit in Applied Psychology*. The wide-range of opportunities includes:
    • Working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Assisting probation officers and guidance counselors
    • Working in advertising and human resources
    • Assisting in psychiatric facilities

 

*Students may choose between an Applied Psychology or Teaching Psychology internship (see details below).  All internships allow students to spend ten hours a week using knowledge acquired in their classes. The Adrienne Kirby Family Literacy Project provides opportunities for students to assist low-income preschoolers and their parents in language and reading intervention. As seniors, students may undertake independent research; as juniors, students can apply for summer research opportunities at other institutions, as well as supervised research and summer opportunities at Fairfield University.

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 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, assisting probation officers, working with guidance counselors, learning about advertising or human resources, working in psychiatric facilities, etc. Each student will spend 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 teaching psychology. Under the direct supervision of 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 their learning experiences.

A Sample of Internship Sites:

  • YWCA (Domestic Violence Unit)
  • Superior Court (Adult Probation, Family Court, or Juvenile Center)
  • Legal Services of Connecticut
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Children's Unit)
  • Norwalk Family and Children's Agency
  • New England Center for Children
  • Giant Steps
  • National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Fairfield Preparatory School (Counseling)
  • The United Way (Organizational)

Students are required to have field experience hours and service learning courses determined or confirmed in writing by the faculty member teaching the course.

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