Experiential Learning Opportunities in Psychology
Experiential learning opportunities are key when investigating careers in psychology, whether internships, job shadows, or informational interviews. Below is a list of locations where St. Olaf students have completed psychology experiential learning activities since 2000.
Categories of organizations include:
- Child Services
- Counseling and Treatment Organizations
- Educational Institutions
- Government and Law
- Religious Organizations
Merrill Corporation -
Assist in researching competitive companies that Merrill Corp is interested in purchasing.
Wire the Market - Market Research, generating new development proposals, strategic personnel consulting, sales strategy developments, comprehensive database management, migrating solutions.
Target Corporation - Assigned to department, hands on work with team, manage inventory, formulate inventory forecasts.
Midwest Aviation - Work in various areas of the company: Finance, marketing, business analysis, etc. Aim is to get an understanding of business operations. Duties will vary.
Coon Rapids Development Group - Planning and technical asstiance; Great Places coordination and communication; fundraisng; HR.
Northfield Enterprise Center
Riverview Economic Development Association
The Bridge -
Assist counseling staff in providing care and treatment of youth in a residential/group living
environment, and crisis intervention for youth and families.
Hazelden - Work in detox and methadone clinic participating in treatment planning and care of patients. Other duties include attending AA meetings, lectures etc.
REM River Bluffs/Mentor Network - Provide various services to clients including medication administration, supervision, coordination with treatment programs, and behavior monitoring.
Cedar House - Observe and assist Day Tx Coordinator in providing group therapy sessions. Assist with
recreational and socialization therapies. Attend staff meetings and sessions with family units.
Uta Halee and Cooper Village - Observe a variety of therapy sessions, including substance abuse, family, individual, and group; observe a juvenile court hearing at county courthouse; manage case files; become familiar with the educational system at the village.
Burnsville Counseling & Healing Center
South Central Behavioral Services
Cannon Valley Psychological Association
La Familia Guidance Center, Inc.
Rape Victims Advocates
Higher Education Consortium of Urban Affairs -
Meet with HECUA Campus Representative, assist in preparations for the HECUA visit, put posters
up, set up talks, writing article for student newspaper.
Fay School - Develop curriculum, write lessons, select materials, develop grading system, and teach two ESL classes. Living in a dorm with group of girls as well, serving as their dorm parent - in charge of
discipline in the dorms and developing a living environment that is conducive to the children's
Northeast Metro Intermediate - Helping in alternative learning program, working with 5th grade students who are neurologically challenged.
Northfield High School - Shadowing and interacting with high school psychologist, social worker, and 3 guidance counselors. Sitting in on meetings, observing assessments.
Ruby Van Meter School, Des Moines Public Schools - Assist the teacher with using music to encourage student participation in activities; helping students get enjoyment from music; teaching basic music concepts; helping with special choirs.
TAPP-South Minneapolis High School
St. Olaf CEL
St. Olaf Psychology Dept.
New York University
Northfield Public Schools
St. Olaf Manitou Messenger
Eden Prairie Schools
Greenvale Park Elementary
Anoka-Hennepin School District 11-I
St. Olaf Sports Information
University of Wisconsin
George Washington University
Burnsville High School
St. Olaf Academic Support Center
Foley High School
Central Washington University – CHCI
Educational Talent Search
U-Day (University Day Community)
Dr. Phil - Guest research, obtaining photos, putting together Dr. McGraw's show books, logging tapes, web research, reading letters.
Cities 97 - Assist with events in the TC's including concerts and sales related events.
Alive Magazine - Design surveys to gauge interest in issues of Alive Magazine for young women; gather and run focus groups to take surveys and provide both statistical and narrative feedback about Alive. Compile data and narratives in a presentation to Alive staff; contribute a personal reflection to be published in the magazine.
KDWB 101.3 FM
106.7 The Fish – WZFS
The Southwest Journal
Republican Party of Minnesota
Rice County Attorney’s Office
MN State Senate
Thomsen & Nybeck P.A.
Isanti County Attorney’s Office
Hopkins Police Department
Minnesota Department of Corrections
Center of the American Experiment: MinnesotaVotes.org
Minnesota BCA Lab
Nebraska Workforce Development
Hennepin County Dept. of Community and Chemical Health Social Services
Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of MN -
Interact with groups of children for a minimum of 15 hours per week. Exposure to pediatric
hospital environment. Create developmentally supportive activities in playrooms and bedside.
Conduct informational interviews w/ hospital staff.
Park Nicollet - Pediatric Neuropsychology - Dr. Amanda Fields - Observation and assessment of cases at the hospital, part of case discussions.
Owatonna Hospital, Mental Health Unit
Schubbe Resch Chiropractic
Appleton Medical Center
St. John’s Mercy Hospital, Dept. of Rehabilitation
New Connections – Regions Hospital - Hastings Outpatient
United Health Care
District One Hospital/Allina Medical
Allen Memorial Hospital
Fairview University Medical Center
Decorah Clinic, Mayo Health System
American Red Cross
Dakota Clinic, Ltd.
Fairview Southdale Hospital
Besiada Health Innovators, CCC
Minnesota Sport & Spine Rehabilitation
Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation
Cairo American College -
Attend classes taught by Ms. Mazhar at CAC. Visit and volunteer at various agencies and
organizations in Cairo. Interview people at these sites in order to establish connections for fall 2007
term in the Middle East. Research current social and religious issues in Egypt, as well as the
psychology of religion and religious history.
Casa Bernabe, Friends of Children Everywhere - Assist and lead devotions. Bathe, feed, dress, play with, and care for children in the Casa Bernabe Orphanage in Guatemala City, Guatemala; coordinate and conduct activities with the children.
Projects Abroad, India - Shadow doctors, observe outpatient treatment, accompany doctors on ward rounds, observe surgeries, assist doctors and nurses.
Maltese Hospital, Bonn, Germany
International School of St. Maarten, Dutch
University of Montreal
Robin’s Nest Children’s Home, Jamaica
Las Salinas Schools, Nicaragua
Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Waukesha County Dept. of Senior Services
Community Action Council
Community Action Center
Community Action Council
Northfield Community Action Center
Personnel Decisions International
Cannon Valley Veterinary Clinic
GENERAL INTERNSHIP POSTINGS
Where To Look- Piper Center Internship Search Resources
These organizations provide information, networking, and additional training opportunities and may offer student memberships at a discount.
American Art Therapy Association
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Music Therapy Association
American Dance Therapy Association
American Psychological Association