One way to learn more about the graduate school application process and how to approach the search for the right schools and programs is to use the resources available to you on campus. One place you will find more information is in the hallway of the C Wing on the 3rd floor of MAC Hall. There is a bookcase located between the offices of Dr. Martin and Dr. Wilson-Doenges that contains a variety of books related to the graduate school application process and the GRE, as well as books that provide information about specific graduate programs, particularly in psychology. The books cannot be “checked out,” but there are comfortable chairs next to the bookcase, so you can take a seat and read more right there! Another great resource for students is the “Selecting and Applying to Graduate Schools Guide” available from Career Services. Remember, knowledge is power – so take advantage of these resources and learn more today!
This is just a reminder that we advertise teaching assistantships, research assistantships, internships, and volunteer work on a separate blog called the Human Development and Psychology Want Ads. Though there will be much more posted when registration rolls around, there are several opportunities there now for you to check out.
We also wanted to remind you, though, that although part-time jobs are occasionally included, what are posted there are most typically only internal, departmental postings. Your first resource in your job search should always be the PRO system through Career Services.
Last month, we told you about the new blog for advertising teaching assistantships, internships, or even volunteer work. We just wanted to take a minute to remind you that the Human Development and Psychology Wants Ads are live and right now is a great time to take a look because many faculty members are starting their searches for Fall semester teaching and research assistants, not to mention interns and other opportunities. To take a look at the want ads, go to: https://blog.uwgb.edu/hudpsychwantads.
We also wanted to remind you, though, that the ads posted there are only internal, departmental postings. Your first resource in your job or internship search should always be the PRO system through Career Services.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Brown County is looking for an intern who would assist in their advocacy, education, and support initiatives. Responsibilities would include the following:
- Assist with the organizing of major events (e.g., fundraisers, conventions)
- Attend and assist with set-up of monthly educational meetings and board meetings (held on the 2nd and 3rd Monday of every month)
- Support the communication director by writing press releases and E-mail alerts, contacting media outlets, etc.
- Plan and carry out one major activity, event, or project that you take full responsibility for. For example, you could put together a mental health listening session or panel discussion for the public, organize a fundraiser for the organization, put together a public service announcement for the website, or various other sorts of projects.
The time commitment would include 100 hours over the course of the semester for a 3 credit internship. This is not a paid position but a great opportunity to gain valuable experience as a mental health advocate. NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. Founded right here in Wisconsin, NAMI works to increase awareness of mental illness, offer support to those affected by mental illness, and educate the public regarding mental health concerns. To learn more about NAMI, visit www.nami.org and to learn more about NAMI-Brown County, the local affiliate you would be working for, visit www.nami.org/sites/namibrowncounty.
If you are interested or have questions about the experience, contact Professor Ryan Martin by E-mail (email@example.com) to receive an application. Applications are due to him by Wednesday, November 4th, and a short list of applicants will be interviewed the week of November 9th. Please note that you must meet the qualifications for a Psychology or Human Development Internship which can be found here: http://www.uwgb.edu/Psychology/internships/index.htm.
Invitations to apply to become a Camp Lloyd counselor will be sent out to all Human Development, Psychology, Education, and Social Work students next month. (Note: Camp Lloyd is a week-long, full-day summer camp for grieving children.) Please note that you do NOT have to have the course Death, Dying and Loss (HUD 344) PRIOR to applying for the counselor position. You will need to have the course completed before camp starts, which is the last week in June, 2010. Check out the Camp Lloyd website for a wonderful review of the 2009 season: www.uwgb.edu/camplloyd
For one week during June, 2008, I and 22 Human Development and Psychology students, in collaboration with Unity Hospice, once again fulfilled my dream of holding a day camp experience for children who had lost a loved one. Although the number of so-called “grief camps” is gradually increasing, they largely are volunteer driven by community adults and hospice workers. Our model for the camp involves having Human Development students serve as the “counselors.” We have just finished our third season, and as in the past, this turned out to be a phenomenal learning experience for all of us, with some students deciding to go into community mental health and bereavement counseling programs as a result of their participation. During the fall semester, students who were interested went through an application and interview process before being selected for the counselor/internship program. Once selected, students were required to enroll in my “Dying, Death, and Loss.” They also signed up for three internship credits, were given a Camp Lloyd syllabus, a reading list and were also required to attend four training sessions in the evening during the spring, 2008 semester prior to the beginning of camp. During the week of camp students fully participated in all of the typical camp activities (e.g., scavenger hunts, hikes, swimming, arts & crafts, eating) and observed the daily grief activities led by Unity Hospice grief counselors. This year our camp enrolled 16 children-most were there because either a parent or sibling had died. Each of our campers were assigned one (some had two) of our students as their special “buddy;” this is one of the best features of the camp.
Camp Lloyd proved to be one of the most profound learning experiences that I had ever offered to my students. Not only did their reading, lectures and discussion jump to vivid life, but they also learned to play again, observe counseling at its finest, and see the impact of their attention and caring concern on young children. Please check out our website at www.uwgb.edu/camplloyd.
If you are interested in being an intern/counselor for Camp Lloyd 2009, please fill out the application which is due no later than October 31, 2008. We will then contact you for an interview. This year, camp will be a full day experience for a week, and we will only select about 15 students to be interns/counselors. Applications can be found on the Camp Lloyd website.
Here is an internship opportunity that you might be interested in: Eileen Littig of NEWIST has produced an award-winning video on creativity and aging, and she is looking for a student intern to help in doing research in the area of generativity as she develops the curriculum that would accompany the video. The internship would take place on campus, and you could earn up to 3 hours of credit per semester you worked via a Human Development or Psychology Internship. If you are interested, please contract Dr. VonDras (firstname.lastname@example.org). To learn more about the video project, click on this link: Video Project
In what we hope will become a new regular Pink Flamingo feature, we bring you our first “Student Perspective” article. Emily Kotecki, a Human Development and Psychology double-major, graciously agreed to let us interview her about her internship experience. What follows aren’t exact quotes from Emily (our tape-recorder was broken that day), but she tells us it’s close enough.
1. Where are you doing your internship?
At Golden House [Editor's Note: a local domestic violence agency and shelter]
2. How did you find out about the internship and go about getting it?
I talked with a student who had interned there in the past, and she said it was a great experience, so I looked on their website for more information and then sent their volunteer coordinator an application.
3. What kinds of things do you get to do on your internship?
I get to do room checks, go to court, assist with restraining orders, help with the women’s and children’s support groups, observe intakes, create bulletin boards in the shelter, talk to women in shelter, and answer Helpline calls.
4. How do you think the internship relates to what you have learned in your classes?
It relates a lot to my Infancy and Early Childhood and Middle Childhood and Adolescence classes and what we learn about how what happens in childhood can influence you later. I also learned about the power of violence in my Health Psychology class…What’s great is that I get to see information from many classes in a real-life setting.
5. How important has this internship been to your educational experience at UWGB, and why?
This experience really helped me to form ideas about different career options (e.g., court services, social work) and learn about the direction I want to go.
Emily’s interview provides insight about her great internship, but there are many possibilities! Investigate options in our internship file drawer, which is located next to Dr. Bartell’s office (and which contains brief student reaction papers about their experiences). You can also view some potential sites on the Human Development website. Remember, we do not place students in internships. You also need to find a faculty sponsor for your internship before you interview for an internship. There are prerequisites for doing an internship, including Junior standing, at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (a 3.25 in upper-level major classes), and instructor consent. Learn more about requirements and prerequisites on the Psychology website.
Camp Lloyd is a week-long day camp for children who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The camp is sponsored by the Human Development program at UW-Green Bay in partnership with Unity Hospice. Camp Lloyd counselors receive 3 credits as a part of the Human Development Internship (which may be open to non-majors). During its second season (summer of 2007) Camp Lloyd enrolled 17 children between the ages of 7 and 13. Each Camp Lloyd counselor served as a “buddy” to a child, and fully participated in all activities such as hiking, swimming, arts and crafts and music. In addition, with the help of grief counselors from Unity, the children participated in grief sessions. Some of the craft activities were linked to these sessions, including constructing a memory box that held articles and reminders of their loved one who had died. Camp Lloyd concluded with a memorial service at the Ecumenical Center that involved a balloon releasing ceremony and the planting of a memory tree. This year, Camp Lloyd will be held from June 23 – June 27, 2008.
For further information about Camp Lloyd and becoming a counselor, please visit our website. Applications to become a camp counselor may be found at this website. We will be accepting applications until the end of October.
Our crackerjack Research Department has been working round-the-clock for weeks to generate answers to your most pressing Registration and Advising questions. If the resulting information is incomplete, confusing, or even infuriating, please direct your corresponding questions, concerns, or outraged denunciations to your advisor or Department Chairperson.
1. What is an Academic Requirements report, and why should I care?
Your Academic Requirements report can be accessed in Student Information System (SIS). It lists all of your classes and grades, and it flags all unmet graduation requirements. It will also tell you exactly what courses you can take to meet those requirements. This document determines your graduation eligibility, so check it each semester for accuracy and to find out if you are “on track.” (Note: Classes that are “in progress” will be listed and shown as meeting requirements, but the associated credits will not be reflected in those earned toward graduation until final grades are recorded.)
2. How much “double-counting” can I do between Psychology and Human Development?
No – it’s not a rare form of math phobia. “Double-counting” is when you take a course (e.g., Intro to Human Development) and it meets not one, but two, requirements (e.g., one for the HUM DEV major and one for General Education). Observant students have noticed you can do some double-counting across the Psychology and Human Development majors.
COMM SCI 205 or MATH 260 counts as a supporting course for both majors.
- One upper-level Psychology class (either PSYCH 417, PSYCH 429, or PSYCH 438) also counts to meet the Psychology requirement for the Human Development major. If you are a Human Development minor, these courses do not count; all of your upper-level courses must have a HUM DEV prefix.
Only one of the Developmental core courses (HUM DEV 331, 332, or 343) may be applied to the Psychology major (as the Developmental Psychology requirement).
3. Do I need a degree in Calculus to understand the answer to that last question?
No, simply taking a course in Calculus will do.
4. Is there such a thing as “triple-counting”?
Yes, but given how hard it is to explain mere double-counting, we really don’t like to think about it.
5. What on earth is a “valid academic plan,” and why don’t I have one?
Pay attention to messages you receive from the Registrar’s Office about not having a “valid academic plan” or having “registration holds.” If you ignore them, you may sit down to register for classes and find SIS won’t let you! A valid academic plan includes either an interdisciplinary major or minor. Human Development is an interdisciplinary program, which fulfills this requirement. Psychology is a discipline, so Psychology majors must have another interdisciplinary major or minor to graduate. You need to have a valid academic plan on file with the Registrar’s Office once you have earned a specific number of credits toward graduation.
6. What’s the big deal about internships anyway?
Internships provide the opportunity to gain practical experience applying what you have learned in your classes. There are grade point average and other prerequisites for completing an internship, and you need to find a faculty sponsor (see a list by specialty area here). Keep in mind the following facts. First, we do not place students in internships, and we have limited capacity to sponsor them (each faculty member can only do so many). Second, you should not accept an internship before you have a faculty sponsor. Third, if you are interested in an internship, you should look now.
Review our policies carefully before proceeding at: http://www.uwgb.edu/humdev/internships/policy.asp.
You can also view a list of possible internships at: http://www.uwgb.edu/humdev/internships/index.asp.
More detailed information at sites is available in the internship files located outside Dr. Bartell’s office. You are not limited to our published list of internships, but you will need faculty approval for any internship site. You do not have to complete an internship to gain practical experience; you can also do so through a job or volunteer work! Graduate schools and employers are often most interested in whether you have significant experience, not whether it was obtained through an internship, job, or volunteer work.
8. How many faculty advisors does it take to change a light bulb?
So we haven’t actually tested it (and we call ourselves scientists!) but given how many of us it takes to fix a paper jam in the copy machine when Brenda isn’t here, we’re guessing at least five.