Boy wearing blue RSU Hillcats shirt.Internships in Psychology, Sociology, and Community Counseling

Internships are an important part of learning; they provide students the opportunity to practice skills and experience how theories learned in class are demonstrated in the real world. Each student majoring in psychology, sociology or community counseling will complete two internship experiences before graduating. 

Internships are supervised under the Social and Behavioral Science course numbers SBS 4033 (Internship I) and SBS 4043 (Internship II). Both are blended courses which means students will have some in class meetings and graded assignments as well as time with a host agency or internship site. These courses are offered each semester allowing flexibility in student scheduling.

The following is a brief comparison between topics covered in class:

Internship I (SBS 4033)

  • Career Assessment
  • Resume Preparation
  • Career Correspondence
  • Search Strategies
  • Goals/Objectives
  • Professionalism
  • Presentation Preparation

Internship II (SBS 4043)

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Strengths Assessment
  • Market Value/Negotiation
  • Post-Graduation Plans
  • Mock Interviews
  • Accepting/Rejecting Offers
  • Online Presence

Both courses include 60 hours of onsite work with an agency or site approved by the instructor or internship committee. Hours prior to approval will not count toward internship. Final grades for internship courses include a combination of assignments and class participation as well as ratings and assessment from site supervisors. Please refer to the Student Internship Handbook (pdf) for more information and internship forms.

Community Partners and Host Agencies

The Department of Psychology and Sociology greatly appreciates our intern partners. Internships not only benefit students, but host agencies as well; including provision of additional resources to clients, impacting the future through guiding experiences, and generating new ideas related to their fields. Below is a list of our internship partners:

  • A New Leaf
  • American Red Cross
  • Bartlesville Public Schools
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Brain Balance
  • Breakthrough Counseling
  • Cherokee Nation
  • Claremore Police Department
  • Claremore Public Schools
  • Community Counseling & Testing Services
  • CREOKS Behavioral Health Services
  • Dayspring Community Services
  • Disabled American Veteran
  • Foundations Behavioral Health
  • Good Shepherd Hospice
  • Grand Lake Mental Health Center
  • Green Country Village
  • K & C Hospice, Inc.
  • Laureate Institute for Brain Research
  • Lindsey House
  • New Hope Oklahoma
  • Northeastern Oklahoma Hope Pregnancy Center
  • Oklahoma Department of Human Services
  • Owasso Counseling
  • Owasso Public Schools
  • Parkside Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic
  • Peggs Public Schools
  • Pushmataha Counseling Services, Inc.
  • Rogers County Drug Abuse Program, Inc.
  • Rogers County Sheriff’s Office
  • Rogers County Youth Services
  • RSU Archaeology
  • Safenet Services, Inc.
  • Salvation Army
  • Sequoyah Public Schools
  • Shadow Mountain
  • Summit Physical Therapy
  • Sunshine Center
  • True Life Counseling
  • Tulsa Country Juvenile Detention Home
  • Union Public Schools
  • Verdigris Public Schools
  • Volunteers for Youth
  • Will Rogers Memorial Museum
  • William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center
  • YouthCare of Oklahoma

If you are considering hosting an intern at your agency please contact one of the program coordinators:

Helpful Links

Internships Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (pdf)

How to Identify a Shady Internship

Internship Search Boards: