Charlotte Stoots
Charlotte Stoots, 2017
B.S. Community Counseling

“I saved Internship II until my last semester.  I thought that would give me a better chance of getting hired at DHS.  I was lucky enough to be placed with a great group of DHS workers who all offered to be references for me when I applied for a permanent position.  RSU taught me so much, I felt prepared going into this field (child welfare). This type of job puts you in a role of major responsibility – taking care of kids!  We work with parents to achieve their safety plans and get them needed assistance to get their kids back in their care.  This is exactly what I went to school for!”

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.