Psychology (BA)

Internships provide real-world experience

Very often, students decide that they want a job after receiving their Bachelor's degree.  In order to increase your chances of getting a job that relates to the best major on campus, you have the option of completing an internship.  In short, an internship is working at a postion (job - paid or not) that will provide you with the skills and information that will enhance your education.  An internship is also a great way to make an impression and hopefully convert the internship into a full-time, paid position for you after graduation.   Even better, an internship can be used to gain credit towards graduation as well as one means to fulfill the mandatory capstone requirement.  Here are some things to think about:

  • Students interested in earning course credit for their internship should enroll in PY 366, Volunteer & Field Experience in Psychology.  IMPORTANT:  You need to obtain permission to enroll in PY 336 before enrolling in the course.  Contact the appropriate faculty member as early as possible.
  • Students can complete an internship to fulfill the capstone requirement or simply for the sake of gaining valuable, precious experience.
  • Students must complete 50 hours at the internship site for each course credit they are enrolled (1 credit = 50 hrs, 2 credits = 100 hrs, 3 credits = 150 hrs).
  • It is perfectly fine if the internship is a paid position.  We are happy you are getting paid!
  • Students who wish to complete an internship at a site where they are currently working must show (in writing) how the internship will involve experiences, learning objectives, and activities that extend beyond your current position.  In short, your internship cannot be what you have already been doing.
  • Internships start the beginning of the semester so you will need to have your site established well before the semester starts. That is why you need to talk to the PY 336 professor as early as possible.  The earlier, the better.

Here's the great thing about being at Washburn University!  Thanks to our wonderful relationship with the surrounding community, there are already established a number of internship sites.  If you see a site that interests you on the list below, great!  If you do not see anything interesting or you know a possible internship site but it is on the list, no problem!  Just let us know and we will be happy to help set something up for you.  We want to make sure you are at an internship site that perfectly matches your interests and future ambitions.  Here is a partial list of sites that are typically available for internship:

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Topeka
  • Breakthrough House
  • CASA of Shawnee County
  • Collective Brands (Payless Shoe Source)
  • Easter Seals Capper Foundation
  • Every Woman's Resource Center
  • Family Service & Guidance Center
  • Ft Riley TBI Clinic
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Helping Hands Humane Society
  • Human Resources: State of Kansas
  • Kanza Mental Health
  • McCrite Plaza
  • Meers Advertising
  • Providence Living Center
  • Shawnee Heights Guidance Counselor's Office
  • The Guidance Center
  • Topeka Rescue Mission
  • Topeka Zoo
  • Valeo Behavioral Health Care, Inc.
  • Washburn University Psychological Services Center
  • WU Psychological Services Center: Sports Psychology
  • YWCA Battered Women's Task Force
  • YWCA Kids Quest