Applied Psychology Practicum


Applied Psychology Practicum

The Practicum in Applied Psychology (APSY2152) is a course-based, credit-bearing experience that allows students to (1) develop experience at a professional work setting reflecting the student’s main area or vocational orientation with supervision by faculty and, (2) develop professionally and practice work related skills. 

The Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology Department aims to equip students with the critical skills and knowledge necessary for continued occupational, educational, and personal advancement in Psychology and related disciplines. In addition, the department strives to foster an environment in which students are encouraged to identify their values and vocational aspirations, apply their disciplinary training and knowledge to an increasingly complex world, and recognize their important role in society as members of a vital citizenry.

What is a Practicum in Applied Psychology?

Applied Psychology Practicum

The Practicum in Applied Psychology (APSY2152) is a course-based, credit-bearing experience that allows students to:

  • ENGAGE in an internship experience and gain pre-professional experience in a career field of your choice, while earning course credit.
  • DEVELOP professionally and practice work related skills.
  • REFLECT individually and with your classmates on future career possibilities.
  • PARTICIPATE in activities and discussions to foster personal growth, discernment, and deepening critical consciousness, and facilitate meaningful learning and social change.
  • GET COACHING from professionals to develop your best professional self and to increase your awareness of cultural as well as socio-political workplace and societal issues.

Students will reflect on their internship experience in order to identify and assess their growth in skills and experience, gain a broader appreciation of the discipline and enhance their sense of civic responsibility.

Getting Started

Note to Students

Applied Psychology Practicum

This course is a transition from student to professional life. You are not only a BC student, but also will be a part of, and will represent, your practicum site. As such, you will be expected to meet standards of conduct in such aspects such as dress, language, ethics, accountability, and work quality. It is important to set the highest possible standards for how you perform in your professional life. In the professional world, getting by with the minimum simply is not enough. You should set high standards and plan to aim beyond the minimum requirements. This is not to say that you are expected to know everything. Asking questions and taking appropriate initiative can help you find your way in your practicum. Some good advice to remember throughout your practicum experience is to “be honest with yourself and with others” and to “do your best” (Baird, 2014).

For Perspective Sites

We are excited to work with you as a perspective site, if you have any questions please contact apsypraclsehd@bc.edu

Applied Psychology Practicum Site Form

Please submit this APSY Practicum Form and the Field Placement team will contact you to schedule a consultation to initiate the site placement process.

APSY Practicum Placement Form

Our practicum student was an incredible asset to our team in a very short amount of time. She was engaged with our office and showed a genuine interest in getting to know our work and key stakeholders who we interact with. Our student was able to help us with tasks that wouldn't have gotten done easily without her present. We have actually invited her to return as a paid student employee next fall and have helped her secure a summer internship in our area.
Former Practicum Supervisor, Spring 2019