Psychology students are encouraged to experience psychology first-hand through psychology-oriented service opportunities and internships.
Use links below to help find internships:
- USC College's Joint Educational Project (JEP)
- USC Career Center (Connect SC)
- USC Volunteer Center
- LA County Internship Bank
- USC Career Center Internship Programs
- USC Dornsife Gateway Internship Program
Get Course Credit for your Internship
For a more intensive experience doing psychology-oriented work in a community setting, PSYC391, Directed Field Experience in Psychology, offers credit for a supervised placement. PSYC 391 is reserved for psychology majors and minors only!
To receive permission to enroll in PSYC391, you must identify a volunteer placement that allows you to acquire applied experience in psychology and a faculty sponsor. You and your faculty sponsor will develop a written plan that includes a designated on-site supervisor at the placement, and a proposal for a written paper due at the end of the semester analyzing psychological issues pertinent to your placement.
If you do not find a placement on this list that fits your goals, or you would like guidance in choosing a volunteer placement, contact Miranda Barone at email@example.com to discuss the available options. Other opportunities may also be available through the Joint Educational Project by contacting Jacqueline Whitley at firstname.lastname@example.org. The USC Volunteer Center also runs programs such as Alternative Breaks that could qualify for field experience. To explore those options, contact Joenique Rose at email@example.com. USC faculty members who are conducting research in the community may serve as both the on-site supervisor and faculty sponsor.
You may approach any professor to request supervision of PSYC 391, or contact Dr. Barone for help in finding a good match. Professors who have already agreed to supervise include: Dr. Gatz, Dr. Hennigan, Dr. Leventhal, Dr. Lopez, Dr. Manis, Dr. Prescott, and Dr. Rueda.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Barone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Department of Psychology
- University of Southern California
- SGM 501
- 3620 South McClintock Ave.
- Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061
- Phone: (213) 740 - 2203