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Students report that participating in an internship program is invaluable experience when searching for employment after graduation or applying to graduate school. Our department faculty can provide information about field placements in numerous community agencies at the local, state, and national level.

Political Science

UWSP interns have served in a variety of places, from district attorneys’ offices, police departments, and mayors’ offices, to government offices at the state and federal level. We also have a successful track record placing interns in the prestigious U.S. State Department Internship program, where students can intern with a US embassy or consulate overseas.

The department also participates in several Washington, D.C. internship programs such as The Washington Center. For more information about local, state, and national internships, please contact Professors John Blakeman or Brad Mapes-Martins.

Students interested in an internship in the British Parliament should first check with UWSP’s International Programs Office and then speak with Professor John Blakeman.


Our internships occur at various community agencies including school psychology and guidance departments, shelters for abused women, alcohol treatment programs, group homes for delinquents, or halfway houses for parolees. Occasionally internships for students with industrial-organizational interests are available.

  • Students apply for internship around the 8th week preceding the term in which they wish to do an internship. Advertisements will be posted around the hallways of the Department.
  • Typically, we place 15 students per term in internships.
  • Senior psychology majors who have taken PSYC 351 (Abnormal Psychology) and PSYC 401 (Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy) can apply for an internship. 
  • Interns receive PSYC 494 Human Services Internship credit for working at an unpaid placement for 6 hours a week.
  • Interns must also attend a weekly course, PSYC 495 (Human Services Internship Seminar), where they discuss ethical issues and issues common to all placements.

Students interested in an internship in Sociology should contact:
Jeana Council, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Sociology/Social Work

The best time to do an internship is during your final one or two semesters. Completing an internship as your final undergraduate experience allows for a natural bridge into the professional world and/or graduate school. It also allows you to have a strong foundation of coursework completed before being out in the field. View our current options by area of practice here.

Students interested in an internship in Sociology should contact:
David M. Barry, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology

Students interested in an internship in Social Work should contact:
Amy Zlimen Ticho, MSSW, Ph.D., Professor and Social Work Chair