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Applied Psychology Program



The Applied Psychology Program teaches the tools for success, provides internship immersion and jumpstarts careers.


Rigorous Preparation

The Applied Psychology Program is a special option for the bachelor’s degree in the Department of Psychology at UIC. Courses in psychological testing, research design, and statistics are coupled with small applied courses where faculty know students very well. These courses in interviewing, interventions or crisis counseling psychology prepare students for the field with a focus on direct skill building for fieldwork in addition to theoretical knowledge and the science of practice.


Internships with Real World Impact

This exhilarating education culminates in a one-semester intensive internship experience called Fieldwork in Psychology—a hands-on immersion at one of our more than 250 approved sites. The internship is comprised of direct service and a literature review of best practices, programs or measures that informs the work at your internship placement. The result of your service and the implications of your review can have an immediate impact on your chosen site. Sites eagerly look forward to the energy students bring because their work ethic, professionalism, diversity experience and fresh knowledge provide a value added service to the community.


Career Building Experience

The rigors of the program and our science approach combined with excellent field training put you in an optimal position to:

  • Pursue a graduate degree at top graduate programsc
  • Obtain immediate employment (most student seeking jobs are offered positions at their internship sites or are provided with excellent references for employment should the site have no openings)
  • Find employment after graduation (often through our network of APP partner sites and APP alumni who know the rigor of our program)

In addition to graduate programs and employment, we have a third group of students seeking placement in competitive federal programs. Students are successful obtaining highly coveted positions with programs such as the Fulbright, Peace Corp and Teach for America.