In experiential learning opportunities, you apply what you’re learning to conduct research, teach, deliver interventions, and meet genuine community needs. You'll benefit from personalized mentoring from faculty and professionals in the community as you develop skills characteristic of successful professionals.
Students who enroll in a supervised research course assist our faculty with research on topics that attract students to our degree programs. You'll benefit from a personal mentoring relationship with a faculty member and interaction with other highly motivated peers and graduate students.
Research team members develop professional skills as they work collaboratively, think critically and creatively, maintain ethical standards as they practice and apply scientific methods, and communicate their results.
Service-learning + practicum courses
In service-learning courses, in addition to the typical classroom experience, you'll spend 2-3 hours per week using knowledge and skills acquired in your class to meet genuine community needs. Current topics include interventions for childhood behavior problems, guiding girls through adolescence, and program evaluation.
Practicums in Psychological and Brain Sciences combine an internship experience with independent study so students learn more about a profession and gain experience that graduate schools and employers seek. Current opportunities include serving as a social thinking mentor to young adults on the autism spectrum; delivering evidence-based interventions in schools or in the community; and assisting with research to evaluate clinical services and answer important questions about mental health.
Volunteer, help your community, + build skills
Volunteer opportunities are a great way to meet people, help your community, and develop skills of value in any profession: setting and achieving goals, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. It’s also a way to explore career options and network with professionals.