Psychology 195B: Fieldwork in Cognitive Science

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Internship Position Placement Form for Supervisors

Psych 195B Supplemental Form

CONTRACTS & SUPPLEMENTAL FORMS FOR THIS COURSE MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE PSYCHOLOGY ADVISING OFFICE VIA THE MESSAGE CENTER ON MYUCLA BY FRIDAY OF WEEK 1 OF THE QUARTER/SUMMER SESSION TO ENROLL. 

Fieldwork in Cognitive Science-Psych 195B offers Cognitive Science majors the opportunity to work (paid OR non-paid) for course credit in a pre-approved fieldwork setting in the area of Cognitive Science. Students are required to work a minimum of 7 hours per week for the 10-week quarter (summer enrollees are required to work a minimum of 68 hours over the 6-week session) and attend a one-hour weekly meeting, arranged by the fieldwork supervisor. At the end of the quarter, students must ensure supervisors email the faculty advisor (vfuchser@psych.ucla.edu) affirming the student has completed all of their hours. In addition, students must upload to BruinLearn a 5-8 page paper that describes the project they worked on and the work they completed. Finally, students will be required to present their work at a remote conference held through BruinLearn. They will create a 5 minute presentation video and share it with other students using the BruinLearn media gallery.

Fieldwork Sites

  • Look through the approved fieldwork listings on our website and contact the Fieldwork Site Supervisor to secure your fieldwork placement a quarter before you are planning to enroll.  
  • If you are proposing to work with an organization that is not already listed as an approved fieldwork site, the site supervisor must fill out the Internship Position Placement form link above to begin the review process. The review process can take approximately 15 business days. New fieldwork sites must be submitted for review prior to the beginning of the quarter in which a student proposes to work there. If it is submitted after the start of the quarter, there is no guarantee it will be reviewed by the Friday of Week 1 deadline.
  • Fieldwork Internships can be paid or non-paid.

Course Guidelines

  • Once your Psych 195B contract is approved and processed, you will be enrolled in 4 P/NP units of Fieldwork
  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing is required.
  • Students must do the work in the same quarter in which the Fieldwork class is taken for credit.
  • Only 12 units from any combination of courses 185, 192, 194, 195, 196 may be applied toward undergraduate degree.
  • Psych 195B fulfills one quarter of the fieldwork/research requirement for Cognitive Science majors.
  • Only one Fieldwork in Cognitive Science course can be taken in any quarter. 
  • Students continuing with the same Psych 195B fieldwork placement in future quarters must submit a new contract signed by the Fieldwork Site Supervisor to officially enroll in the course.

Enrollment

  • Look through the fieldwork listings on our website and contact the Fieldwork Site Supervisor to secure your fieldwork placement a quarter before you are planning to enroll.
  • Log on to your MyUCLA, click on CONTRACT COURSES on the left menu bar and follow the instructions for creating your Psych 195B contract.
  • Enter Viyehni Fuchser as your Faculty Sponsor, but you do NOT need his signature.
  • You do not need the Department Chair signature.
  • Take the contract and supplementary supervisor contact form to your Fieldwork Site Supervisor for approval and to get their signature.
  • Once you have completed the supplemental form and course contract and have obtained your fieldwork supervisor’s signature on both documents, submit them to the Psych Advising Office via the Message Center on MyUCLA. Please include your full name and UID in your correspondence. Please see the steps below for submitting documents.
    • Log in to MyUCLA
    • Click on the yellow “Need Help?” button in the top right corner
    • Click “Message Center”
    • Click the green “Ask a Question” button
    • Select “Academic Counseling Unit” and type “Psychology” in the text field
    • Type “195B Contract Course Enrollment” into the Subject Line
    • Attach electronic or scanned copies of your course contract and supplemental form
    • Click “Send”
    • You will receive a reply in the Message Center after your contract has been received and processed.
  • The deadline to submit the contract to the Psych Advising Office is Friday of Week 1. Visit your College Counseling Unit if you need approval to take more than 5 P/NP units or are planning to exceed 19 units for the quarter.
  • Visit your College Counseling Unit if you need approval to take more than 5 P/NP units or are planning to exceed 19 units for the quarter.
  • Please check your study list at the end of week 2 to confirm that you are enrolled in the course. The Advising Office will contact you once your contract is processed or if there is an issue in processing your contract.

Satisfying Course Requirements

You must work at least 68 hours at your internship. At the end of the quarter, your supervisor must email vfuchser@psych.ucla.edu a statement affirming that you have completed all 68 hours. It is your responsibility to ensure they send that email.

You must also submit a typed paper of at least 5 pages. The topic of the paper should be directly related to cognitive science and the internship project you worked on. Readers of your paper and viewers of your presentation should come away with an understanding of the kind of project you worked on, what specific work you completed, and how it relates to cognitive science. You may also discuss what you learned, how you may apply what you’ve learned to your future career, and the potential of future advancements in cognitive science to continue shaping work in the field in which you worked. You must turn in a copy of the paper to both your fieldwork supervisor and to BruinLearn (under the ‘assignments’ tab).

You must also create a video presenting the same information you wrote about in your paper. You will upload this video to BruinLearn (under the ‘assignments’ tab) and share it with your fellow students using the Media Gallery.

The grade of P or NP will be determined by Dr. Fuchser and the course TA once we have reviewed the materials submitted to BruinLearn and received an affirmation from the fieldwork supervisor indicating whether or not you have fulfilled the hour requirements.

Organization’s Responsibilities

The fieldwork supervisor will train and supervise the student. The supervisor will provide an initial orientation that includes an explanation of the organization’s overall purpose and operations and how they relate to the student. The supervisor will give feedback as to what is expected in order to give credit for the course, as well as conduct the one-hour weekly seminar and provide related materials. The supervisor will also evaluate the student’s performance upon completion of the course confirming that all course requirements have been fulfilled.

The last day to submit a completed Learning Contract to the Undergraduate Advising Office is Friday of Week 1.

Psych 195B Supplemental Form