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Behavioral Sciences Practicum

This practicum offered for majors with senior status includes several options.

The first option is a formal internship in a community agency consisting of 100 hours of professional field experience. It is a well-structured program in which students will be required to meet a number of objectives related to their goals, their developing competence, and their interests in psychology and related fields. A 2.5 GPA is required to pursue this option.

The second option involves a research assistantship in which seniors will assists practicing graduate level- and /or professional-level researchers in conducting their projects. Sound performance in the statistics and research courses is a pre-requisite for this option.

A third option involves the opportunity to be a learning facilitator mentored by a full-time faculty member. In this capacity, the student provides support services to a faculty member in a specific course. These services include preparation of presentation materials, development of study guides, the convening and leading of study groups, peer editing, and the compilation of course-related research.  This option may be particularly valuable to students seeking careers in academic fields. The guidelines and requirements for this option have been developed and are made available to interested students upon request.

A final option is an individually-designed project suited to the needs, interests, and academic strengths of the student. This project will be conducted under the direction of a full-time faculty member. Guidelines for the formal proposals are provided. Plans for any of these options should be developed and approved during the semester before the course is taken. For more information contact Dr. Margie Miller.

Past Practicum Sites  

  • Child Advocacy Center 
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) 

  • Exchange Club 

  • Youth Villages
Harrah’s Inc 

  • Christian Brothers University Communications & Marketing 

  • Christian Brothers University Learning Facilitator
Campbell Clinic 

  • Shelby County Correctional Center 

  • Baptist Hospital East Emergency Services
Girls, Inc. 

  • St. Anne School 

  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 

  • Shelby County Juvenile Court 

  • Porter-Leith Children’s Service

  • Ave Maria Home 

  • City of Memphis
  • Police Department 

  • Shelby County Morgue

  • Servicemaster, Inc. 

  • PROMUS, Inc.

  • First Tennessee Bank
Memphis-Shelby County Crime Commission 

  • University of Tennessee Department of Neuropsychology 

  • Memphis Sexual Assault and Resource Center 

  • Memphis Crisis Center
  • Shelby County Schools

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