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Department of Psychology

Enrichment Opportunities


The Department of Psychology recognizes the importance of learning outside the classroom setting to complement the coursework that our majors will experience. We strive to incorporate many different opportunities for students to apply their knowledge of the field in a real situation. Below are several examples of such enrichment opportunities available to students at Messiah College.


Conference Attendance

The following conferences are those that Psychology faculty and students have the opportunity to attend this year. For more information contact Dr. John Bechtold, Department Chair, or check out the related web sites.

Smith Scholar Intern

The Dr. Robert & Marilyn Smith Scholar Intern Grant allows qualified juniors and seniors to work for a semester or a full year as an apprentice for a faculty member involved in a significant scholarly project. In exceptional cases, a lower division student may be considered. The activities undertaken by a student intern will vary according to the needs of the project, but the time commitment of the intern should not exceed 75 hours per semester. Typically, students earn $450/semester for their efforts. For more information, contact any Psychology Faculty member.

Boyer Scholars

(Information taken from the Boyer Center web site)

The Boyer Scholars Program recognizes Messiah College seniors based on their exemplary scholarship, leadership, service, and demonstrated potential to make a distinctive contribution to society. The program, which includes educational and celebratory initiatives throughout the academic year, encourages students to examine Boyer's vision and to consider their own service to the larger community. For more information, contact any Psychology Faculty member. Application materials are available on the Boyer Center web site.

Faculty Assistant Work Study

Each semester a limited number of students are assigned as Faculty Assistants and work to help faculty members with tasks such as copying, filing, typing, doing research, drafting documents, and planning events. Typically, positions for the following academic year are determined by March. For more information, contact Donna Zack, Department Administrative Assistant.


Internship and Practica

Most of our students participate in off-campus internships and service opportunities in schools, foster care and adoption agencies, prisons, hospitals, retirement communities, children's homes, correction centers, and other social service agencies. Practical experiences like these give Messiah students an up-close look at the world of work and an edge when it comes to the job market.



Independent Study

If there is an area of psychology that particularly interests you, you can learn more through independent study. For more information, contact any Psychology faculty member.

Study Abroad

We also encourage our students in the Psychology to spend an enrichment semester at the Philadelphia Campus or studying abroad; these opportunities enhance your educational experience. For more information, check out the Messiah College EpiCenter web page.


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