Changes to Human Development and Psychology Internship Policies

We have modified our internship policies and tried to clarify the internship process for students. Here’s an overview of the major changes. In order to complete an internship in Human Development or Psychology, you must be a declared major in Human Development or Psychology. You will need to find a faculty member willing to sponsor your internship before you contact a site about a possible internship. Finally, internships must be new learning experiences (not at your existing job or volunteer site).  So your long-term lemonade stand job is probably not going to cut it… We have also tried to provide more detail about the process you should follow if you want to obtain an internship. For more details, check out the links on the Human Development or Psychology webpages. Please also be aware that if you are thinking about an internship for the spring semester, registration time for spring classes (early November) is the best time to talk with faculty members about that. It can be difficult to find a faculty sponsor just prior to the beginning of a new semester. 

Join the P/HD Club and Psi Chi for NAMIWalks

Like every year, the P/HD Club and Psi Chi are getting out to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) by walking in the NAMIWalk.  This year, though, they are combining forces to put together one Super-Team by walking together – and they want you to join them. 

For those of you unfamiliar with NAMI, it is an advocacy group with the mission of improving the quality of life for those affected by mental illness, and NAMIWalks is an event designed to raise money and awareness.  This year, the 3.1 mile walk will be on Sunday, September 26th, at 10:30 am (check-in time is at 9:00 am), at Green Isle Park. Please note that, for you die-hard Packer fans, there is no game that Sunday so you won’t be missing out.

To join the team, click here and click on “Join an Existing Team.”  The website will take you through how to create an account and join a team.  Our team is called the UWGB Psychology and Human Development Club/Psi Chi Team, and Kaitlyn Florer and Amanda Luedtke are the team captains.  In the past, the team has arranged to carpool in order to help out those students who don’t have transportation.  So, if you want to walk but don’t have a ride, contact Kaitlyn or Amanda to see if they can help you arrange something.   

For those of you who aren’t interested in the walk or can’t participate that day but would like to know more about NAMI, here are the links to NAMI National and NAMI Brown County.  If you have any questions, please direct them toward Kaitlyn, Amanda, or Dr. Ryan Martin. Hope to see you there!

Careers of the Month: September 2010 Edition

This month we bring you two career-related careers. Employment counselors may work in job placement agencies and help individuals in their career searches. Vocational rehabilitation counselors typically have a graduate degree and may assist, for example, individuals with disabilities, as they prepare to enter or re-enter the workforce. Learn more about both of these occupations by following the links provided.

Employment Counselor
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Career Tip of the Month: Plan and Market Your Degree Effectively

Both Human Development and Psychology are liberal arts degrees, much like History, English, or Political Science; these are programs that are intended to equip you with a broad range of critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills that may be helpful in a diverse range of careers. They are different from degrees in professional programs, such as Accounting, Education, or Social Work, which are degrees designed to prepare you for a specific career path. Those with liberal arts majors may go on to pursue a number of different job options. In 2009 alone, some of our alums took their first jobs as personal bankers, psychometrists, community relations specialists, after school program coordinators, store managers, line therapists, and pre-school teachers. That does not mean, however, that your Human Development or Psychology major automatically prepares you for all of these jobs. In fact, the great news about a liberal arts degree is that it gives you options. The burden that comes with that, though, is that you must select specific classes and gain other relevant experience (e.g., jobs, volunteer work, internships) that makes you marketable for the jobs you might wish to pursue. For example, a student who eventually wants to work in human resources would likely also minor or double-major in Business and would be sure to take classes like Organizational and Personnel Psychology. He or she would also want to gain employment experience in the business world and/or to obtain a human resources internship. On the other hand, a student who hoped to pursue a career in social services would probably take relevant classes like Counseling Across the Lifespan and obtain part-time work at a local human services agency, such as a homeless shelter. Either student might also decide to increase his or her marketability with a minor in another language, such as Spanish and by pursuing electives (e.g., teaching assistantship) and co-curricular activities (officer in a student organization, Student Ambassador) that demonstrate leadership and strong interpersonal and communication skills. To get a better sense of the types of careers students pursue with their bachelor’s degrees in Human Development and Psychology, check out the annual survey Career Services conducts of our new graduates and click on a year under “Survey Results by Major”. Remember that Career Services can also help you as you consider how best to make yourself marketable for specific careers. Your academic advisor can also assist you with relevant course selection.