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Internships and research

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Internship opportunities

Upper-division psychology majors can apply for paid positions on campus as laboratory instructors, scientific writing instructors and statistics tutors. These unique opportunities allow you to gain teaching skills while sharing your knowledge with your peers.

Our faculty will also work with you to land internships off-campus that are rich and rewarding. Recent internship locations include:

  • Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center
  • Washburn Child Guidance Center
  • Minnesota Department of Public Safety
  • Roseville Police Department
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • "We have high standards for ourselves in terms of advising and getting to know students. "

    — Stacy Symons, assistant professor of psychology
  • Chrysalis Center for Women
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • American Red Cross

Research opportunities

Our psychology majors are regularly invited to present posters and research papers nationally on a variety of topics at conferences hosted by the:

  • American Psychological Association
  • Midwestern Psychological Association
  • Association for Psychological Science

Assistantship Mentoring Program (AMP)
AMP is St. Kate's innovative work-and-learning experience that pairs students in their junior or senior year with faculty or staff mentors on a specific project. AMP gave alumna Erin Ring the chance to revise St. Kate’s General Psychology course manual with Assistant Professor Jamie Peterson. Learn more about the AMP program in our University magazine, SCAN.

Science @ St. Kate's Day
Each year, graduating students share findings from their senior research with the University community. Past topics include "The Effect of Workplace Romance on Worker Motivation" and "Methods for Combating Negative Thoughts."

Mayo Innovation Scholars program
This program brings together students from a variety of undergraduate disciplines to research proposed Mayo Clinic inventions and create business plans for medical products. Learn more in our University magazine, SCAN.

Faculty-student collaborations

All St. Kate's psychology faculty are active researchers and frequently collaborate with students on research projects and articles for peer-reviewed journals or presentations. Among them:

  • Assistant Professor Stacy Symons is working with student Lisa Spofford on "Special Olympics 'Healthy Minds': Designing a Mental Health Screening Protocol."
  • Assistant Professor Andrea Olson and students Stephanie Burrows and Shannon Farrell studied "Autism in the Workplace."
  • Associate Professor Lynda Szymanski partnered with Kailey Roberts, now an alumna, on “Attitudes Toward Responsibility for and Treatment of ADHD and Early Onset Bipolar Disorder.”

Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program
St. Kate's Student-Faculty Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program provides funding for research partnerships during the academic year and in the summer at St. Kate's Summer Scholars' Institute.

Extracurricular activities

High-achieving psychology majors are eligible for nomination to Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society for students and faculty.

Active Minds is a student group at St. Kate's that promotes discussion and greater understanding of mental health issues.

St. Kate's Psychology Club is open to all students interested in the discipline and practice of psychology.