Indiana University

Field Experience Courses

A field experience course combines an internship experience with independent study to allow students to learn more about a career and gain experience that graduate schools and employers desire.

Field experience students may meet in an IU classroom for orientation or for occasional class sessions, but the majority of a student's time will be spent working at the field site and reading literature that will enhance your internship experience.

What you'll do for each course differs quite a bit from one site to another - read the application for each site carefully.

Applying and enrolling for a field experience course:

  • To receive permission to enroll, you'll have to submit an application. Examples are posted below.
  • Some applications are released around the time that students are registering for classes for the next term. Other applications aren't released until the start of the term because the types and number of openings available at that site cannot be predicted many months in advance.
  • Applications for most sites are evaluated by staff at the site. Some sites also require an interview. Once you've been accepted, then you'll be allowed to register for the course.
  • To apply, visit the PSY Undergraduate Field Experiences Applications Canvas Site. Please read all applications materials carefully before applying. All applications are now submitted online.

In the College Internship Program (CIP) Field Experience you'll work as a social thinking mentor at CIP Bloomington, a comprehensive program that supports young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences. Social thinking mentors will help CIP clients develop social thinking skills using techniques they learn from assigned readings, observing CIP staff members, and discussion in weekly social mentor meetings. More...

Field experience students may benefit by:

  • Gaining experience working with young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences.
  • Gaining an appreciation for social thinking and social skills curriculum - these are relevant to working with many clients who have social anxiety or who need to development social skills.

For more information see: Applications Canvas Site and look for CIP Site-Specific Information.

If you'd like to participate, you'll need weekday daytime availability to attend one social thinking group (times vary) and one social mentor meeting (usually early afternoon on W or F) each week.

Students in the Meadows Field Experience work at Bloomington Meadows Hospital, which offers acute inpatient treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. As a Unit Clerk in the acute unit, field experience students answer unit telephones, prepare charts, and file clinical reports. Students also interact with clients and families as they answer their questions about the hospital in person and by phone. More...

Field experience students may benefit by:

  • Interacting with a variety of Meadows staff members and learning about their career paths.
  • Potentially (if you complete your tasks and show initiative) observing group interventions and team meetings. (Note: These typically occur before 2pm.)
  • Attending continuing education workshops for professional staff on a variety of topics.

For more information see: Applications Canvas Site and look for Meadows Site-Specific Information.

Note: You no longer need to be 21 years old to participate; 18 years and above may participate. Shifts will occur in 4-hour blocks on weekdays (8am-12pm, 12-4pm, 4-8pm) with at least one shift required between 8-4pm. Two shifts per week are required, plus course assignments.

In the Milestones Field Experience, students assist therapists at Milestones Clinical & Health Resources. Some students design and implement activities to meet specific therapeutic goals for children whose parents are attending parenting therapy groups. Others directly assist therapists with groups who need to learn social skills and coping strategies. More...

Examples of evidence-based psychotherapeutic programs at Milestones: Incredible Years and Coping Cat - FEAR Plan.

For more information see: Applications Canvas Site and look for Milestones Site-Specific Information.

Therapy groups are typically scheduled at or after 3pm on weekdays. If accepted, you'll be expected to assist in one or two groups per week. Note: Applications for Fall 2017 will be distributed during the first week of the semester.

In the Centerstone CCPE (Community Capacity for Prevention & Education) Field Experience you'll work as a RESPECT provider and community outreach intern within the CCPE team, which is part of Centerstone, one of the nation's largest non-profit community mental health providers. CCPE is a prevention-focused project that uses evidence-based practices to target and reduce risk of substance-related problems and HIV in the community. One of these evidence-based practices is called RESPECT, an intervention that combines free HIV screening with psychoeducation about associated behavioral risk factors. As part of the CCPE team, you'll be thoroughly trained in the RESPECT protocol to discuss with each individual the result of their HIV screening and motivate them to engage in healthy behaviors. More...

Field experience students may benefit by:

  • Gaining experience motivating young people in the community engage in healthy behaviors (e.g., reduce substance-related problems, decrease risk for HIV).

  • Learning semi-structured motivational techniques guided by evidence-based practices - these skills are relevant to many mental health and related careers.

  • Engaging in community-based outreach, dissemination & implementation strategies, and raising public awareness.

For more information see: Applications Canvas Site and look for CCPE Site-Specific Information.

Shifts will occur in 4-hour blocks on weekdays (8-12pm and/or 1-5pm) with 1pm-5pm preferred. Two shifts per week are required, plus course assignments.

In the Aldrich Project Field Experience you'll work as a mentor during evidence-based interventions with the Aldrich Project, a community-based project based in the IU School of Nursing. You will be trained in three different evidence-based interventions (Say It Straight, Lead & Seed, RESPECT/Rapid HIV Testing) designed to motivate children, adolescents, and young adults to engage in healthy behaviors and reduce risky behaviors. More...

Field experience students may benefit by:

  • Gaining experience motivating young people in the community engage in healthy behaviors (e.g., reduce substance-related problems, decrease risk for HIV).

  • Learning semi-structured motivational techniques guided by evidence-based practices - these skills are relevant to many mental health and related careers.

For more information see: Applications Canvas Site and look for Aldrich Site-Specific Information.

Shifts will occur Wednesdays 8-10am and 2-6pm. Both shifts are required, plus course assignments.

In the Centerstone Research Institute (CRI) Field Experience you'll work with the CRI team, whose job it is to evaluate services provided at Centerstone and answer important scientific questions in mental health. CRI is couched within Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest non-profit community mental health providers. As part of the CRI team, you'll contribute to one or more research projects, gaining skills relevant to clinical science along the way. More...

Field experience students may benefit by:

  • Gaining experience in the areas of program development & evaluation, and dissemination & implementation science.

  • Gaining skills in clinical interviewing, data entry/analysis, research design, scientific writing, etc.

  • Gaining exposure to clinical populations (e.g., individuals with schizophrenia) and training in assessment of these populations.

  • Gaining exposure to a variety of different settings (e.g., jails) within which clinical science research is conducted.

For more information see: Applications Canvas Site and look for CRI Site-Specific Information.

Shifts may vary and will be determined in collaboration with site. Shifts must be between Mondays-Fridays 8am-5pm. You may choose to work one full day on-site or in two substantial shifts. A shift cannot be less than 3 hours long.

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