PSYC 4870 - Field Placements
Goal: To provide a “hands-on” learning experience for psychology students. Students will develop an increased awareness of jobs related to psychology. The experience will allow students to make more informed decisions about possible career choices. In addition, they will be building their resumes and developing network connections that will help them in their job search.
Hours: 1-3 credit hours (up to 6 hours). One credit hour translates to 50 hours at the field experience. A 3 credit hour class translates to 10 hours per week. Please remember that, if you must be absent for any reason, you are required to make up those missed hours.
Before the term begins, you need to have found an on-site supervisor, a college supervisor, develop a contract, submit a paper that describes your goals, and get insurance.
Who will be your on-site supervisor?: You will need to find an individual who will supervise you at work. This person should expect to spend time with you explaining his or her career – the pros and cons of the job, career path, etc - and be willing to explain why you are doing the required activities. You and your on-site supervisor will develop a contract as to your work requirements. This is to be completed before the semester you start your work experience. Make sure to check what is considered to be appropriate attire.
The contract: This contract will describe your expected work duties (as specific as possible), the number of hours and time you will be working, and how you will be graded. It is to be signed by you and your supervisors. You are to have this completed before the semester of your field experience. SAMPLES (some clerical work, but no more than 10% of the total hours).
Who will be your college supervisor?: You will need to find a professor in the psychology department who will be willing to supervise you. You and your college supervisor will review the contract and discuss grading procedures. You will meet with your college supervisor at least once every two to three weeks to discuss how the internship is progressing and to drop off your journal. This is to be completed before the semester you start your work experience.
Goal paper: You need to write up a 1-2 page typed, double spaced paper that outlines why you are doing this field placement – your academic and personal benefits and your professional opportunities.
Insurance: For liability reasons, you will need to get insurance. The COE website has information about insurance.
Journal: You will keep a log of your experiences at the field placement. This is to be turned in every 2-3 weeks when you meet with your college supervisor. This journal is to be both descriptive (what you did) and reflective (what you learned from the experience, how it applies to your studies). You will also keep a time-log for hours worked that will need to be signed by your on-site supervisor once a week.
On-site evaluation: Your on-site supervisor will send an evaluation of your performance based on the contract to the college supervisor. You will be evaluated on how well you performed your tasks. In addition, you will be graded on punctuality, reliability, initiative, enthusiasm, getting along with others, following directions, willingness to learn and clarity of work.
Final paper: You are to write a paper (2-3 pages double spaced, typed) that summarizes your experience at this site. It is to include what you have learned, how this experience met (or did not) your goals, what you liked and disliked, and how this experience can be related to what you have learned in your psychology courses.
Note: Remember that if you do not follow these guidelines and act inappropriately at the workplace, this will not only lower your grade, but also can negatively impact the likelihood that future students from VSU will be able to work at that field placement. If you are having problems during the internship, please talk to your college supervisor as soon as possible.
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