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. Applications are typically sent out via email to relevant student listservs. 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.

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 with High-Functioning Autism, ADHD, Nonverbal and other 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 with High-Functioning Autism, ADHD, Nonverbal and other 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: CIP Field Experience - Fall 2016.

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.

Applications for Spring 2017 will be distributed by 11/7.

Students in the Meadows Field Experience work at Bloomington Meadows Hospital, which offers acute inpatient treatment for children, adolescents, and adults as well as residential inpatient care for children and adolescents. 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.
  • Observing some types of group interventions.
  • Attending continuing education workshops for professional staff on a variety of topics.

For more information, see: Meadows Field Experience - Fall 2016.

If you'd like to participate, keep in mind: Each student will complete 2 shifts per week, on a weekday, and one shift must be between 8am and 4pm. As you schedule your courses try to leave open at least one of the following time periods on MWF or TR: 8am-12pm, 12-4pm, 4-8pm.

Applications for Spring 2017 will be distributed by 11/7.

In the Milestones Field Experience, students work with 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...

Evidence-based psychotherapeutic programs at Milestones: Incredible Years and Coping Cat - FEAR Plan.

For more information, see: Milestones Field Experience - Fall 2016.

Therapy groups are typically scheduled at or after 3pm on weekdays. If accepted, you'll complete participate in one or two groups per week.

Applications for Spring 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 at Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest non-profit community mental health providers. CCPE is a new 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).

  • Gaining an appreciation for semi-structured motivational interactions that are closely guided by and evidence-based protocol - these skills are relevant to many mental health and related careers.

For more information, see: CCPE Field Experience - Fall 2016. Note that, starting Spring 2017, this field experience will be taught as a standard, semester-long course.

Shifts will occur in approximately 5 hour blocks on weekdays, with some likelihood that 11am-4pm will be preferred. One shift per week is required, plus supervision meetings and course assignments.

Applications for Spring 2017 will be distributed by 11/28.

In the Aldrich Project Field Experience you'll work as a RESPECT provider with the Aldrich Project, a community-based project from the IU School of Nursing. RESPECT is an evidence-based intervention that combines free HIV screening with psychoeducation about associated behavioral risk factors to reduce HIV risk in the community. As part of the Aldrich Project 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).

  • Gaining an appreciation for semi-structured motivational interactions that are closely guided by and evidence-based protocol - these skills are relevant to many mental health and related careers.

For more information about the Aldrich Project Field Experience, see: CCPE Field Experience - Fall 2016 - the two field experiences will be very similar. Note that, starting Spring 2017, the field experience will be taught as a standard, semester-long course.

Shifts will occur in approximately 5 hour blocks on weekdays, with some likelihood that 11am-4pm will be preferred. One shift per week is required, plus supervision meetings and course assignments.

Applications for Spring 2017 will be distributed by 11/28.


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.

Applications for Spring 2017 will be distributed by 11/28 and additional details about the course will be provided in the application.

Weekday daytime availabilities will be in demand. Shifts may vary and will be determined in collaboration with site. Total weekly workload—including lab meetings with CRI—will typically average approximately 10 hours, as is typical for 3 credit experiential courses.

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