Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

PSYC 390. Internship in Human Services

Many human service organizations have internship positions available for psychology majors. These organizations include group homes, social service agencies, mental health facilities, crisis hotlines, educational intervention programs, domestic violence and homeless shelters. Students may obtain course credit by working for a human service organization during one semester of the academic year and simultaneously enrolling in an academic course that includes weekly meetings, reading, and writing assignments, along with student-created learning plans and an independent project. For more information about this opportunity, students should talk directly with the department's internship coordinator.

PSYC 390 is one of several capstone experiences for psychology majors: a senior-level course allowing students to use skills developed in their psychology major in an applied setting. For the full course description of PSYC 390, click here. A list of previous internship sites held by 390 students can be found here.


Prerequisites for PSYC 390 are:

  • PSYC 304. Statistics
  • PSYC 306. Research Methods

Senior psychology majors may take PSYC 390 only with permission of the internship coordinator. Students must obtain recommendations from two Psychology Department faculty members, and apply for acceptance into PSYC 390, by the middle of the prior semester.

Student Responsibilities

PSYC 390 students are expected to attend weekly classes and complete weekly assignments, and to work as an intern for a minimum of 100 hours during the semester in a social service agency. The internship coordinator will provide students with a list of possible a site placements prior to enrolling in PSYC 390. The Center for Experiential Learning offers additional resources for helping students find placements. Students must make arrangements for their internship placement by 2 weeks prior to the semester’s start.

As representatives of the Loyola community, students are expected to perform in a manner that brings credit to their institution. Interested students should discuss the PSYC 390 internship experience with the internship coordinator early in the semester before enrolling in the course.