We strongly encourage our students to participate in an internship the summer following the first year of courses in the Industrial/Organizational concentration. Six hours of credit may be earned for the internship (i.e., PSYS 579: Internship in I/O Psychology). To receive the six hours of internship credit, a minimum of 20 hours per week is required in an organizational setting. However, depending on the duration of the internship, this may be negotiable. The internship experience (and grade assignment) must be supervised by a faculty member. The student must make supervision arrangements with an appropriate faculty member prior to beginning the internship. The faculty member and student will negotiate the specific requirements for the internship. Such requirements typically include keeping a daily task journal documenting involvement in organizational projects, submitting a bi-weekly written report, and writing a fairly comprehensive technical report.
The technical report should include how the student obtained their position, what the internship entailed, who the student worked for in the organization, a description of the conditions under which the student worked, and a detailed description of the projects with which the student was involved. This project description should include the organizational objectives for the project, tasks involved in the project, and any work products of the project, as well as the status of the project upon completion of the internship. A semi-formal presentation is also required. This presentation will be made in a colloquium for the I/O graduate students and faculty.
Recent I/O interns proudly displaying their internship apparel