Undergraduate Programs

Internship Experiences

Psychology 489: Cooperative Education/Internship

Students looking to enroll in PSYC 489 must work in an authorized agency for at least 10 hours per week (20 hours per week for the summer session) and fulfill academic course requirements (attending periodic group sessions/workshops, preparing a final written report, and giving an oral presentation). The work experience must be approved by NIU's Career Services and must receive the approval of the Psychology Internship Director and the Department of Psychology Chair.

Interested and eligible students (see Eligibility Requirements below) should complete the application portion of the course contract and return it to the department’s main office (PM400) for review. Students are required to find and secure an internship before applying for PSYC 489 registration (see Locating and Internship below).  

Students will be notified of application status by the Internship Director. Approved contracts need to be signed by the Internship Director before being filed with the Career Services Office and the Department of Psychology Chairperson. All paperwork must be completed before the beginning of the semester to ensure enrollment availability. 

A student handout sheet detailing step-by-step directions for going through the application process can be found here or picked up at the department's main office in PM400.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Junior or senior standing, with a declared major in Psychology (B.A. or B. S.)
  • Psychology GPA 2.5 or higher
  • Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Work at least 120 hours per semester at internship

Locating an Internship:

Summer Credit:

Students are encouraged to take PSYC 489 during the fall and spring semesters. Summer supervision is available, but space is extremely limited compared to the rest of the academic year. Please contact the Chair of the Psychology Department (Dr. Greg Waas) or the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Dr. Amanda Durik) about summer internship availability and supervision.