Practica and Internships

The value of experiential learning is at the heart of this program’s philosophy.

The purpose of applied training in the Applied Social Psychology Program is to provide students with field experience emphasizing the integration of social psychological theory, research, and practice in accordance with the ethical and professional standards of CPA.

Students are responsible for conducting an applied project within an organization or agency under faculty supervision. These projects allow students to apply what they have learned in their graduate courses to the field setting and will facilitate further development of skills from the following core areas: theory skills, research skills and methods, and practice skills (including communication, interpersonal, and consultation skills). This experiential learning component has proven to be of great value to graduates in obtaining employment within a competitive job market.

We have worked with a wide variety of organizations in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors at both the practicum and internship levels, for example:

Local Internships

  • House of Sophrosyne                    
  • Children First   
  • Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Society
  • Windsor Essex Health Unit                     
  • Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA)
  • Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County

Other Internship Locations

  • Multi-Health Systems Inc., Toronto, ON
  • Home Depot, Atlanta, GA              
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON
  • Toronto District School Board, Toronto, ON                          
  • Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Hospital Network, Toronto, ON                   
  • LGBT Home Care Access Project, York University, Toronto, ON

Students have engaged in a wide variety of experiences in the context of their applied training components and have been able to provide services to organizations which include program evaluations, comprehensive literature reviews, policy developments, conducting focus groups and needs assessments, community education, and feasibility studies. 

The Practicum

The practicum typically takes place in the second year of the M.A. degree and consists of 100 hours to be completed in a local field setting such as a business organization, community organization (including grassroots ones), school/college, or government agency.

The Internship

The internship is intended to be broader in scope than the practicum (i.e., more varied in content, involving a wider range of skills, a longer time commitment) and should be designed to accent existing skills (e.g., knowledge of interventions) and develop additional skills (e.g., consultation skills). The internship is to be initiated after completion of the practicum and following completion of all course requirements and dissertation proposal.

Interested in learning more about what our students can do for your organization?

To talk to us about possibilities for placements in your organization, please contact the Chair of the Applied Social Psychology Training Committee:
Dr. Catherine Kwantes,

Please provide:
Your name and role
Contact information (phone and email)