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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2021-22

PSYC 168 Experiential Learning

The goal of this course is to provide students with practical training through a full-time internship outside of Dartmouth College.  This real-world, hands-on experience will expose students to diverse career opportunities during graduate school and give students a chance to engage with a field of interest, related to their doctoral research, prior to completion of their PhD.

For this course, the student will propose and arrange a paid or unpaid internship in an existing enterprise (industry, government, or other) in consultation with their Thesis Advisor (primary mentor) and the PBS Graduate Committee.  This process should happen in advance of the term of enrollment. Course enrollment is concurrent with the internship and should be for a period of one term.  At the end of the internship, the student will make an oral presentation to the PBS community (faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and others who may be interested) that addresses the nature of the enterprise they were engaged in, the problem they were assigned, and the results and impact of their project. The purpose of the presentation is to share lessons learned from the internship experience with the PBS community. The presentation will be accompanied by a short but complete written report. Neither the presentation nor report should contain confidential information of the enterprise.

This course is considered a methods course, carries two credits, and can fulfill one of the elective course requirements for the PhD degree.  Students may enroll in the course no more than once.  Students holding F-1 sponsorship should consult with the Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS).  Students engaged in paid internships will not receive a graduate student stipend during the term of the internship.


This course is generally open to students in their second-fourth year in the program (i.e. after completion of their first three terms and prior to proposing their dissertation). Instructor permission is required and will be granted once the PBS Graduate Committee approves of the student’s internship proposal.