University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Research and Internship Opportunities


There are two ways to earn academic credit for Supervised Research Experience or Mentored Clinical Internships for psychological science majors and minors.

SUPERVISED RESEARCH EXPERIENCE is a course designed to provide you with research experience tailored to fit your specific interests. Common examples include: working on a research project in a faculty member's laboratory; working on an extensive theoretical paper in psychological science; and/or functioning as a teaching assistant in a psychological science course. Regardless of what form the supervised research experience takes, it must:    

  • be conducted under the supervision of a Psychological Science faculty member, and
  • require the student to complete one or more academic products that are used for evaluating and grading the student's performance (e.g., papers, abstracts, written exams, oral presentations, etc.)

The best way to set up a Supervised Research Experience is to contact a faculty member with whom you might like to work. Check out our faculty's research interests by visiting the department’s website. Contact faculty members directly when you find research that is interesting to you. Most projects will require that you have completed at least PSYS 053 (and perhaps PSYS 054) before enrolling.

How Do You Enroll?
Enrollment in PSYS 198 (Undergraduate Research) requires an override approved by both your faculty supervisor and the Department of Psychological Science.
Next, you and your faculty supervisor should complete a SUPERVISED RESEARCH EXPERIENCE APPLICATION-CONTRACT FORM (PDF). The number of credits (1-6 per semester) granted must be mutually agreed upon by you and your faculty supervisor prior to registration and correspond to the amount of work you are expected to complete. Generally, three credits correspond to at least 10 hours of work per week. Submit Supervised Research Experience Application-Contract Form to Diana St. Louis, Dewey Hall Room 204, Department of Psychological Science during the pre-registration period or as early as possible at the beginning of the semester in case there are questions involving your application.  Upon approval by the Undergraduate Committee, you will be notified by email of the course override and given instructions to register.

Is there Funding?
Funding is available on a competitive basis for research and creative projects, so check for criteria and deadlines!

The MENTORED CLINICAL INTERNSHIP (MCI) course offers students of psychological science opportunities to apply their academic learning experiences to a wide variety of clinical psychology-based professional placements where people of all ages experiencing mental health challenges are served.  This course is designed to maximize the placement experience in several ways. First, every effort will be made to assist you in finding a placement that fits your interests and/or future goals. Second, the weekly seminar will offer an opportunity for all interns to share experiences, appreciate the importance of ethics and confidentiality in clinical psychological work, and offer advice about how to handle thought-provoking, sometimes perplexing placement situations. The seminar is a kind of “think tank”, a way to present situations, cases, and specific concerns in a safe and confidential environment, as you work your way through your placement experiences. Guest experts from around the state and as supplemental readings will provide a deeper understanding of broader clinical psychology professional options. Students can use their own placement experience, the experiences of fellow students, stimulating and challenging readings and the broader context offered by experts to think beyond their internship placements and make possible graduate school goals and post-graduation planning.

The Chittenden County area has a wide variety of programs serving various age groups and mental health challenges. The process of obtaining a “good fit” internship for both student and placement site is, in itself, an important learning opportunity. Students will be assisted in creating resumes and cover letters, strengthening interviewing skills, developing a mutually agreeable learning contract, and learning how to successfully orient to an unfamiliar and likely challenging placement site. The Mentored Clinical Internship is a designated service-learning course.

The seminar meets once a week for 75 minutes. Students are expected to spend 10 hours a week outside of class at their internship site. Assignments for the course include completion of a learning contract between student and site supervisor; participation in weekly discussions; reflection papers on weekly experiences and assigned readings; a presentation on the placement site, its mission, persons served; and student’s expectations and evaluation of the site; a research and/or intervention project designed for the placement site; and a final reflection paper on the student’s internship experience. Both you and your site supervisor will independently complete a mid-term and final evaluation of your performance at the site.

How Do You Enroll?
Junior and senior psychological science majors and minors who want to explore clinical practice opportunities related to psychology may seek enrollment. Preference is given to seniors and to students who commit to enroll for a full academic year (2 semesters). Contact Course Instructor Professor Judith Christensen by email ( to set up an appointment. Through a matching process, you will apply to community-based agencies with formal relationships to the Department of Psychological Science (see example list below). Once you have been interviewed and approved by the placement site, you will complete a MENTORED CLINICAL INTERNSHIP LEARNING CONTRACT with your site supervisor. You will then submit the Contract to Dr. Christensen for approval. Upon approval, you will be notified by email of the course override and given instructions to register.

Organizations in which students are currently enrolled are:
Baird School (Howard Center Department of Children Youth and Families)
Bellcate School
Boys & Girls Club of Burlington
Champlain Senior Center
Champlain Valley Head Start
Converse Home Memory Care Program
Howard Center Comprehensive Care
Howard Center Halfway House serving schizophrenic adults)
King Street Youth Center
Lund Family Center
Rock Pont School
Spectrum Youth and Family Services
Turning Point Substance Abuse Center
UVM Dept. of Psychiatry, Vermont Family Based Approach
UVM Dept. of Psychological Science, Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center
Vermont Cares
Winooski Family Center (Howard Center Department of Children Youth and Families)


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