PSY 491 Psychology Field Experience
What is PSY 491? Who should take it and when should it be taken?
PSY 491, Psychology Field Experience, is the required internship for psychology majors only. It is a repeatable, variable credit class (1-6) with 3 being the minimum credits required for the major. To enroll in PSY 491, students must be a Junior or Senior (completed a minimum of 60 university credits) and must have completed PSY 120. It is recommended, but not required, that students enroll before their final semester at UNC.
Field Experience hours must be worked the same semester that the student is registered for PSY 491.
Why get excited about PSY 491?
Field Experience is a great opportunity to broaden your resume, add to your skill set, acquire professional connections, and see first-hand what it is like to engage in psychology-related work.
An internship can be valuable in helping you choose a career path and/or decide among graduate programs.
What field experience placements are possible?
The goal is to find a placement that is psychology related and agrees with the student’s professional interests and goals and with the student’s coursework in psychology. Given the breadth of the discipline (evidenced by the many different courses we offer: developmental psychology, counseling theories, health psychology, industrial psychology, research methods, psychology and the law etc. etc.), there are many different types of placements possible. Following are just a handful of ideas but students are welcome to suggest other possibilities:
- Reflections for Youth
- K-12 schools working with a teacher, principal, counselor, or school psychologist
- Private counseling firms such as Creative Counseling Services
- North Range Behavioral Health
- Assault Survivors Advocacy Program (ASAP)
- Research in a faculty member’s laboratory
- Solutions: Creating High Performance Organizations
- Foundations Counseling
- Lutheran Family Services
- Weld County Justice Services
- Weld County District Attorney's Office