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HPY201 - Psychology Internship

Unit details

Note: You are seeing the 2014 view of this unit information. These details may no longer be current.
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Cohort rule:

Normally students must be enrolled in H344 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) or H345 Bachelor of Psychology to enrol in this unit

Work experience in industry:

Students will complete an on-site placement of at least 15 days duration - refer Note below.

Unit chair:

A Mussap (B)


HPS111, HPS121

Contact hours:

2 hours per week class/seminar; 1 hour/week seminar/eLive


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.

Enrolment process

Enrolments in HPY201 Psychology Internship are capped due to the limited availability of suitable industry placements.

Students wishing to enrol in the unit need to apply directly to the School of Psychology.

Eligible applicants will have normally completed at least 8 credit points of study, and will be ranked on the basis of their average mark received at Deakin University for level-1 units.

Although HPY201 teaching staff normally organize placements for students, the application process will also allow students to nominate and describe placements that they can organize for themselves (note that placements are normally between 10-15 days duration). Such students may be accepted into the unit in excess of the enrolment cap.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application to enrol in HPY201 by email in mid-January.


The Psychology Internship provides students enrolled in H344 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) or H345 Bachelor of Psychology with a work-integrated learning experience supported by reflective practice and online exercises; the opportunity to receive academic credit for their work for the community; careers development counselling; and transition-to-work skills and experiences. Students undertake an industry placement and complete a reflective journal to enhance their ability to apply theoretical knowledge to new situations, develop in them an awareness of ethical issues and implications of applied psychology in a realistic and culturally diverse context, and promote project management skills in the context of independent and team work. Transition-to-work classes, activities, and assessments promote effective communication skills, as well as the problem solving, data gathering, and research skills necessary to succeed in real-world employment contexts. Careers seminars are provided to develop in students a realistic understanding of the professional, social, economic and cultural issues inherent in psychology and its affiliate disciplines.


Reflective journal (1500 words) on the topic of the 15-day industry placement 50%, professional development portfolio (750 words) 10%, job application letter, curriculum vitae (1000 words total) and application interview 40%.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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