Community Internships

All community projects require at least one academic year commitment

PSYC 340 (Fall) – PSYC 341 (Spring) - 4 hours each semester.

Principles of psychology applied to service problems in the community; students serve as nonprofessional mental health workers in supervised experiences in schools, hospitals, and other nontraditional settings. 

Counseling Center Paraprofessional Program

counseling center logoThree-semester experience - applications usually due in late September.

The CCP program provides training in communication and individual helping skills with practical experience in providing developmental and preventive services to students. These skills and experiences are not only especially valuable to those entering a helping profession or graduate school in a related area, but also in many other fields, and even everyday life.

Cunningham Children's Home Internship

cunningham imageTwo-semester experience - applications are due in March/April.

Cunningham Children's Home is an Urbana residential treatment facility serving children with severe emotional/behavioral problems. Youth are between ages 10 and 17 years.


Social Justice Educator Paraprofessional Program

social justice educators pictureThree-semester experience - applications are usually due at the end of the fall semester.

The SJE program is designed to promote diversity and student leadership by providing intensive training for students in areas of knowledge, awareness, and skills related to issues of diversity and social justice. Through this program, paraprofessionals serve as campus leaders in social justice by developing and facilitating educational programs for the campus. 


mindfulnessTwo-semester experience, beginning in the fall semester.

 During the first semester, students will establish a daily mindfulness practice and learn the theoretical and empirical foundations of mindfulness. This foundational semester will then prepare students for the second course in this sequence in which they will deepen their conceptual and experiential understanding and begin to acquire the skills to teach mindfulness to others. This class is open to all U of I students who have an interest in mindfulness and its varied applications in mental health service delivery, organizations (e.g., wellness programs in industry and business), and education (e.g., the classroom).

In Advanced Mindfulness, the second semester course, students will continue to advance their understanding and practice of mindfulness meditation. Students will also have a chance to apply these skills by learning to lead mindfulness meditations and teach beginning mindfulness skills to others. Students will have the opportunity to lead stand-alone workshops or multi-week classes depending on each student's level of mastery and the opportunities that arise in the community (e.g., bringing mindfulness into a classroom with students, to the staff of a human service agency, or to a registered student organization on campus). This class is designed for psychology and other majors who intend to pursue a career related to mental health and for education majors who intend to pursue a career in the classroom.

Each school year, different community projects may be offered. Please consult the class schedule for the most current offerings.