Contact & Location

Moscow

Psychology & Communications Studies

Temporary Physical Address:
McClure Hall 403B
PHONE: (208) 885-6324
FAX:(208) 885-7710
E-MAIL: seanm@uidaho.edu

HUMAN FACTORS
hfactors@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communications Studies
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Psychology Internship & Research Opportunities

Psychology Internship Opportunities

Why consider an internship experience?

  • You can discover more about a field of employment, helping choose a career path for yourself. It allows you to build credentials that will help you compete when applying for graduate school. 
  • It can make you a better candidate for possible jobs in psychology-related fields. 
  • You can experience, first hand, what it is like to conduct research in psychology.

Types of Internship:
Internships fall into several categories. Some are structured experiences that are offered each
semester. Another option is to find an internship experience in the community that is unique to your own interests. You can get PSYC 498 course credits for both of these types of internships. (You can also work with a professor as part of a research team; you get PSYC 494 course credits for such research assistantships.)

Regular, structured internships, available each semester:
(You need to make the contact below and get a verbal approval from the site before adding the internship at registration.)

Peer Advising (career and academic advising from students to students)
 - Contact Sean McIlraith, seanm@uidaho.edu.

Citizen’s Companion Program (being in a therapeutic relationship with a seriously mentally ill
patient in the community; sponsored by Region II Mental Health in Moscow).

Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse (crisis intervention and therapeutic work in a shelter for
battered women) – call (208) 882-2490 to inquire. 

Community Cancer Outreach and Counseling (help cancer patients at Gritman Medical Center
cope with the disease and its treatment)

Additional Internships:
There are numerous other opportunities for internships, which vary from semester to semester, and many experiences may qualify. You may also create an internship of your own. If you have a specific experience in mind, please contact Dr. Mark Yama (myama@uidaho.edu). For these “unique” internships, the process will involve identifying an educational experience, writing a brief proposal and agreement on how the experience will be structured, and then reporting on what was learned at the end of the semester. The range of possibilities is wide, but usually do not include experiences that are part of a job for which you are already being paid.

Please direct any general questions about internship opportunities to our internship coordinator, Dr. Mark Yama myama@uidaho.edu. Also see our internship information web page.

Psychology Research Opportunities

Why get research experience in Psychology?

  • It provides an opportunity to become better acquainted with a faculty member who can serve as a mentor.
  • It allows you to build credentials that will help you compete when applying for graduate school.
  • It can make you a better candidate for possible scientific careers as you can develop specialized skills.
  • You can experience, first hand, what it is like to conduct research in psychology.

Time commitment:
Depending upon faculty needs, students can enroll for the PSY 494 research course for 1, 2, or 3 credits. Each faculty member will determine the schedule. A general expectation is that for each credit hour you will commit to 3 hours per week in the lab or engaged in research (3 credit hours=9 hours per week).

What do I need to do to find out more?
First, have an idea of what research each faculty member is engaged in and choose a faculty member that is doing research you find interesting. You can learn about faculty research interests under the “People” tab and reviewing CVs if available. You may already have some ideas about faculty research interests from the PSY 201 course or taking other coursework from faculty.

Second, make an appointment to meet with the faculty member by attending office hours, signing up for an advising timeslot during advising weeks, or set up a specific appointment via email to discuss whether they have any research opportunities available and what their expectations are. If you send an email be sure to include your interest in the PSY 494 course.

Please direct any general questions about internship opportunities to your academic advisor.