Resources & Opportunities

Mental Health Peer Educators 

Our newest initiative, our mental health peer educators, is a campus internship where our current students are certified in mental health first aid and peer education. They hold listening hours all over campus five days a week. It’s a win-win for students. The peer educators get experience and our campus community gets peer counseling services. 

Research conference opportunities

Each year, our faculty take students who have produced exceptional academic work or research to present at regional conferences.

Midwestern Psychological Association Conference

This regional conference is open to professional psychologists as well as graduate and undergraduate students. Presentations occur in both poster and oral format, with undergraduate researchers often presenting posters at the Psi Chi session. The meeting has invited addresses from reputable professionals in the field, discussion groups, informational sessions for students (such as how to prepare for graduate school and career workshops), as well as social events for networking.

ILLOWA Undergraduate Research Conference  Samantha Weidman '22 presents ?Dimension of Attachment Style? at the 47th Illinois-Iowa Undergrad... Samantha Weidman '22 presents “Dimension of Attachment Style” at the 47th Illinois-Iowa Undergraduate Psychology Empirical Research Conference, the oldest continuing undergraduate psychological conference in the United States.

This regional undergraduate research conference, one of oldest continuing undergraduate psychological research conferences in the United States, provides students from Illinois, Iowa and Missouri an opportunity to present their empirical research to attending peers and faculty. Presentation sessions are organized thematically for ease of attending talks related to one’s scholarly interests.

Tri-State Undergraduate Research Conference

This regional undergraduate research conference provides students the opportunity to learn about other students’ research in the field. Students are encouraged to present their own empirical research in the poster format to attending peers and faculty. Included in the conference is a keynote address by a respected psychologist, discussion panels on getting into graduate school and careers in psychology, and a graduate school fair.

Internship and shadowing opportunities

Students in the department are encouraged to participate in career shadowing and internships, especially in their last two years. Students may reach out to the Wackerle Center for Career, Leadership & Fellowships and psychology department faculty for assistance in arranging these opportunities, Students may also utilize connections they already have through their family and friends, community, or current jobs.

Recent sample internship locations

Victim services

Safe Harbor: a family crisis center
A Woman’s Place: a domestic violence shelter and resource center

Health and safety

Illinois Neurological Institute: specifically in the sleep disorders unit
Lurie Children’s Hospital: specifically working with nurses
Owens and Associates Counseling and Therapy Center: working with therapists
Warren County YMCA: specifically programming and teaching fitness courses
Henry County Courthouse: specifically working in the probation office

Individuals with disabilities

Wonderland Camp: a residential summer camp for individuals with disabilities
Easter Seals: providing services for individuals with disabilities and their families
Rainbow Riders: a therapeutic horseback riding center for those with disabilities
Bridgeway: a human service agency for individuals with disabilities
Warren Achievement Center: a human service agency for individuals with disabilities

Department scholarships and awards