So soon I'll have to decide if I want to go through with doing an internship for my University Program - I will still be a 'full time' student, so I get tax benefits, but I won't be allowed to do classes during the time I am doing it. Basically, I'll be extending my undergraduate degree by 1 year.
The job list hasn't been made available yet, but should be after next week (Reading Week) - we can go into other places for jobs if we can make a good case/get them to agree.
* industrial/governmental - program evaluation, survey work, needs assessment, quality of life assessment, assist with training programs
* health care - assessment and care (therapy, counseling) of individuals with brain damage, substance abuse disorders, attention deficit disorders, mental illness, problems of the elderly or physically handicapped, correctional system offenders
* justice - testing and care of individuals involved with the justice system
* education - evaluation of academic technologies and learning techniques
* applied or behavioural research – data collection/analysis, literature review, report preparation, multimedia presentations....
It is possible for students to find a job on their own. Such placements must be approved by the Coordinator to ensure the placement meets the expectations for work experience. Students who wish to seek a job placement on their own should speak with the Coordinator prior to initiating their search.
Anyways, I am (planning on) doing this program to basically see what applied work in Psychology is like - I am currently enrolled in the Honours Program (and so, working on a thesis for my undergraduate) to see what the research side is like. As an added bonus, I can work on my thesis when I am not at work during this time ...
I am not sure I will be very interested in some of these jobs - many of them are considered the "lower" end of things psychologists can do with their degree. I could easily go into Human Resources, Business, Advertising, etc... but my Honours Supervisor actually suggested something interesting: seeing if I could work at BioWare (developers of Mass Effect, Dragon Age, etc.).
My thesis work is related to video games, and why people enjoy them. I shouldn't go to details (as someone may steal my ideas before I try to publish my work - experimentation hasn't started), but when I have time to theorize and research I enjoy it a fair bit (mostly Social Psychology rather than Perception, etc.).
What do you guys think? Can you think of other jobs I could try to do for Psychology? To my knowledge, the jobs available from the program are typically government-funded... probation officer, halfway houses, etc.