Students doing Field Work/Internships spend 90-120 hours during a given semester working in an agency or school setting. Internships provide an opportunity for students to explore career options, and also provide practical experiences that can be valuable when seeking employment. Listed below are some of the agencies in the Rochester area where RWC psychology students have recently fulfilled their Field Work/Internship Requirements.
- Alternatives for Battered Women
- Hillside Children’s Center & Crestwood Children’s Center
- Placements in School Districts
- Mt. Hope Family Center - PATHS afterschool program
- Heritage Christian Homes
- Villa of Hope
- Roberts Wesleyan College – Student Activities Office
- Roberts Wesleyan College - Human Resources Department
- University of Rochester Medical Center - Acute Rehab Occupational Therapy
- Youth for Christ
- Compeer of Rochester
- CP Rochester
- Monroe BOCES
- F.A.C.T.S Brockport Free Methodist Church
- Monroe County Children's Center
- Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services
- Young Life
- Bell Program (RWC Campus)
- People Inc. Brighton Park Day Services
- Birthright - Rochester, Inc.
- Mary Cariola Children's Center
- Contact Mental Health
- Rochester Mental Health
- Society for the Protection and Care of Children (SPCC)
- Genesee Mental Health Center
- Rochester General Hospital
- Area Schools including: Churchville-Chili, Hilton, BOCES 1, Byron-Bergen
"My internship experience really clarified my decision to pursue a career in school psychology. I had a great experience, learned a great deal about the field and met many great people who will remain contacts for me to reach out to throughout my journey." -Kristi Stalk
"My internship experience helped bridge the gap between classroom training and the professional world- it brought life to textbook concepts and helped prepare me for a future career in psychology" -Kaitlyn Hoeflein
Internship Experience, Emily Hatch, Psychology Major, ‘16
Contact Community Services is a crisis and suicide hotline located in East Syracuse. During the term of my internship I was placed as a telephone worker. As a telephone worker, I had to answer calls placed to the hotline. My experience during my internship at Contact had its difficulties. Submerging myself in such an unfamiliar territory became terrifying at first. God directed me during the internship however, and I experienced a learning beyond the classroom. This internship allowed me to practice the skills I have acquired at Roberts Wesleyan College. Practicing these skills in a real life situation has engraved knowledge I now carry with me everyday. During my internship I had the opportunity to get ASIST training, which stands for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. This is a course that taught on suicide prevention. This training became useful when I answered suicide calls on the hotline. These callers seemed fragile and breakable, but all they wanted was someone to take time and listen to them. My internship at Contact will be something I always refer to. The amount of knowledge I learned during my internship is way beyond anything I could describe. The Lord had allowed this internship to not only open my mind but also my heart. My prayers remain with Contact Community Services.
Research Practicum (PSY 407)
Every year approximately 7-10 juniors or seniors sign up to take this advanced research course. Those students become members of Dr. Bassett's research team and work directly with him on unique and significant research studies--gathering and analyzing data, and assisting in the formal report writing. For over 15 years, nearly every student who has taken this course has been a co-author on at least one research project that has been presented professionally (at conferences or as a journal article).
Advanced Counseling (PSY 405)
This course is quite unique to Roberts Wesleyan and offers skilled juniors or seniors the opportunity to have some supervised practice in peer counseling. Students who demonstrate strong skill development in our introductory counseling course (PSY 308) are eligible to particpate in this experience. During this course, students receive additional theoretical training and actually conduct several peer counseling sessions with volunteer clients from our introductory psychology classes. These peer counseling sessions are audiotaped and close supervision is provided by a clinical faculty member.