Undergraduate Program

Fieldwork FAQs

WHAT IS A FIELD SITE?

A field site is a setting with an on-site supervisor, such as a school, hospital, clinic, or community based organization. A field site can also include working on a faculty member's research team.

HOW DO I APPLY TO A FIELD SITE?

1. As part of the Seminar in Applied Psychology I requirements, you will be required to complete an application listing your top four preferences for field site placements.

2. The Fieldwork Coordinator will review your application, and will then meet with you to discuss which of the sites would be the best match for your interests, skill-sets, goals, etc.

3. Following that meeting, you will send your cover letter and resume (along with any other required application materials) to the supervisor at the site(s) approved by the Fieldwork Coordinator.

4. You will likely be asked to schedule an interview with the supervisor at the site.

5. Once you have finalized your placement, inform the Fieldwork Coordinator.

6. You begin your field site placement during your second week in Seminar in Applied Psychology II.

7. Before you can begin your field site placement, however, you and your supervisor must complete the Field Site Agreement Form, which you then submit to the Fieldwork Coordinator.

IF I PLAN TO GO ABROAD FOR A SEMESTER,  AND WILL NOT BE TAKING SEMINAR IN APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY I AND II CONSECUTIVELY,  WHEN DO I APPLY TO A FIELD SITE?

Even if you will not be enrolled in Seminar in Applied Psychology II in the semester directly after you take Seminar in Applied Psychology I, submit an application listing your preferences for field site placements while enrolled in Seminar in Applied Psychology I. On your application, indicate that you will be going abroad. The Fieldwork Coordinator will then let you know whether you should contact potential field sites before you go abroad, or whether you should wait until your return before you do so, as this will depend on the particular site.

WHAT DO I ACTUALLY DO IN A FIELDSITE?

The specific tasks and activities vary greatly based on the field site. However, in all sites, you will have a supervised hands-on experienced working in an area of your choice.

HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK AM I REQUIRED TO SPEND AT MY FIELD SITE?

You are expected to volunteer at your field site for a minimum of 8 to 10 hours per week. Please note, however, that some field sites require that students commit more than 10 hours a week. Students are expected to abide by the hourly commitment they make with their supervisors.

IF NONE OF THE EXISTING SITES MATCH MY INTERESTS, CAN I FIND AN OUTSIDE SITE ON MY OWN?

Students can complete a form requesting that a new site that they have identified be added as a field site placement. Please note, however, that the process of adding a new site generally takes a full semester.

IS IT PERMISSIBLE FOR A STUDENT TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE FIELD SITE?

Yes, students may opt to have more than one field site. For example, some students choose to volunteer at a social-service& agency, as well as on a research team. Typically, students who have more than one site volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours a week.

HOW WILL I BE EVALUATED?

Your supervisor will complete a brief mid-semester evaluation. Then, toward the end of each semester, your supervisor will fill out an evaluation form that you and he/she will discuss. These evaluations are intended to help you learn about your strengths and weaknesses as a developing professional.

CAN I VOLUNTEER ON A RESEARCH TEAM IF THE FACULTY IS ON SABBATICAL?

You may volunteer on research teams where the faculty PI is on sabbatical as long as there is regular in-person contact with the faculty member. 

CAN I VOLUNTEER AT A SITE BEFORE OR AFTER MY FIELDWORK REQUIREMENT?

Although you are free to volunteer at sites prior to or following your fieldwork requirement, the APUG program does not facilitate or take responsibility for this process, nor for your performance during this time.