Psychology 497 Fieldwork

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Psychology majors have the opportunity to earn departmental elective credit for their fieldwork experience in areas related to psychology. The Psychology Department offers Psych 497, a weekly seminar open to students who are also engaged in work in the community. Students have the chance to gain valuable training and work experience in the fields of counseling, social services, criminal justice, education and human resources. In conjunction with the field experience, the Psych 497 seminar helps students to further define their educational and career goals by encouraging the exploration of larger academic questions which relate to the fieldwork they are doing.


Resources for Finding a Fieldwork Site

Locating a fieldwork site will take several weeks and may require training or a background check. Students should begin searching for a fieldwork site at least the quarter before enrolling in Psych 497.

How to find a Fieldwork Site:

  1. Search the Fieldwork Opportunities site . You do not need to select a site from this list.
  2. Look on Handshake (a list maintained by the UW Career & Internship Center ) or the United Way of King County or Volunteer Match or Idealist.

  3. Contact an organization that does psychology related work. Some organizations don't post all positions.

  4. Talk with your friends, family, & relatives. Students find positions by using their personal connections.

  5. Look in the Psychology Undergraduate Newsletter.

  6. Use your current job or experience (contact Cy to verify).  

  7. Talk with Cy if you need any additional help.


International Students (F-1)

Review the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) on the International Student Service (ISS) website before searching for a fieldwork site. International students need to be enrolled in 497 prior to submitting the CPT. CPT can take a minimum of 2 weeks for ISS to process. International students cannot start their experience until the CPT request is fully approved.

Overview of Psych 497

Psych 497 Flow Chart
Psychology students are required to complete an experience for the BA and BS. Earning fieldwork credit can help students define their educational and career goals by encouraging exploration and reflection on their volunteer/internship experience. The assignments and course are structured to develop workplace readiness skills and help prepare you to articulate your experiences in future interviews.

Psych 497 offers students the opportunity to learn and observe many things about the application of psychology in the working world. In turn, the class allows students to reflect on their fieldwork experience. As a result of enrolling in Psych 497, students should increase proficiency in the following:

  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities and make informed judgments that consider the impact of solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • An ability to recognize the ongoing need for additional knowledge and how to locate, evaluate, integrate, and apply this knowledge appropriately.
  • Ways to collaborate in order to inspire and manage change.
  • Function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, analyze risk and uncertainty.
  • Understanding cultural and structural work place issues and dynamics.

Class discussion topics and assignments include: ethics, diversity, strengths/skills identification, resume review, informal interviews, graduate school prep, and fieldwork site presentations.

Grading: Psych 497 is credit/no credit (CR/NCR). To earn credit, students participate in a weekly class, submit assignments, and complete the required fieldwork hours.

Below are FAQs that address common questions. If your question is not addressed please contact Cy Delgado at

Registration Information

In general, 1 credit = 3 hours of work per week (30 hours in a quarter). However, credit accrual differs between first-quarter 497 students and continuing 497 students. See below for more information.

First-Quarter 497 Students:

As a first-quarter student, you must attend a weekly class and complete site hours. The class will count for 1 credit, while site hours will make up the remaining credits. The minimum number of hours at a site is 3 hours per week (30 hours a quarter) for 2 credits. The maximum number of hours is 12 per week (120 hours a quarter) for 5 credits. Typically, students enroll in 3 credits to fulfill the experience requirement. See chart below for a break down:

Credits Class & Homework
Hours Per week
Site Hours 
Per Week
Total Site Hours
Per Quarter
2 3 3 30
3 3 6 60
4 3 9 90
5 3 12 120


Continuing 497 Students:

As a continuing Psych 497 student, attendance for an in-person class is not required. Instead, credits will be awarded based on the number of site hours completed and submitting assignments through Canvas.

Credits Site Hours Per Week Total Site Hours Per Quarter
1 3 30
2 6 60
3 9 90
4 12 120
5 15 150


Psych 497 is offered during the academic year (autumn, winter, and spring quarters) and is for Psychology major students only, though few non-major registration exceptions are allowed.

Psych 497 is a rolling registration. Students do not register on their registration date and will be registered on and after the date posted in the Enrollment Time line below. Students must secure a fieldwork site prior to submitting the registration request.

Students have two options to register:

  1. Register in PSYCH 497 during the quarter you plan to complete your fieldwork (the class and site hours are done concurrently). This is the most common option for students who complete their fieldwork during the academic year (not during a vacation/summer quarter - see option 2).

  2. Register in PSYCH 497 the quarter following the completion of the fieldwork experience. This option is only for students who completed their experience during the summer (vacation quarter for international students). PSYCH 497 is not offered in the summer, this option allows students to complete work during the summer quarter and earn credits by registering in Psych 497 during autumn. 

Special notes:

  • Both domestic and international students can defer summer fieldwork hours to count towards their autumn quarter credits.
  • International students must maintain full-time enrollment (12 credits minimum a quarter) during the academic year (autumn-spring). When in their final quarter, to qualify for reduced credit load, International students must complete 497 alongside an academic class.

Quick Registration Overview

Step 1: Student initiates a request through Handshake to send their learning contract to their fieldwork supervisor. See steps below

Step 2: Once supervisor approves the learning contract, Handshake will email student a link to complete the registration request information.

Step 3: Cy will register student into Psych 497. 

Pre-Registration Information:

  • Students must secure a fieldwork site prior to completing the registration steps below. Don't have a site? See "Find a PSYCH 497 Fieldwork Site" above.
  • Students will not register themselves in 497 on their registration date.
  • Registration add codes are not given for 497.
  • Cy registers students into 497 after the steps below have been completed (may take up to a week).
  • To prevent registration delay, please select 497 section(s) that do not conflict with other classes in your schedule. 
  • First-quarter 497 students cannot register for the continuing student section.
  • Registration requests and learning contracts must be in progress by the end of the first week of the quarter

Registration Steps (First-Quarter & Continuing 497 Students): 

  1. Log in to Handshake using your UW NetID. 

  2. Click on the "Career Center" link from the menu of options.

  3. Click on the "Experiences" link.

  4. Once on the Experiences page click on “Submit an Experience”. 

  5. Once on the page, click the drop down menu for “Experience Type”

  6. Select "Psych 497 - Fieldwork"

  7. Fill out the application and learning contract and click the green button at the bottom that says “submit an experience”.

  8. Once you have submitted the application you will receive a confirmation email. 
  9. Your site supervisor will receive an email from Handshake asking them to approve your position.

    PRO TIP: It may take up to 48 hours before your site supervisor receives the email. Please contact your supervisor and ask them to approve the request as soon as they receive it. The Handshake email subject line will say, "Experience Requested by [your name]." Your 497 registration may be delayed if incorrect supervisor information is submitted or you do not follow up with the supervisor to request that they approve the experience. 

  10. Once your experience has been approved, you will receive an email asking to review and complete the 497 registration information by selecting your prefer class section. This information will be used to register you into 497 and is protected and WILL NOT be made available to your site supervisor. 

  11. After you have provided all requested information, Cy will register you into Psych 497 and you will receive a confirmation email (may take up to a week to be registered into 497).  

    PRO TIP: International Students (F-1) must be registered into 497 prior to submitting a CPT request. CPT processing time can take two weeks. Factor this timing into starting your site hours. The enrollment timeline chart below provides reference for the latest CPT submission date that allows for processing time and when you can comfortably start your experience hours. You could start your hours during week 2 or 3 of the quarter but that often causes students stress towards the end of the quarter.


Additional Registration Notes:

  • International F-1 Students: must Submit a CPT request after you are registered into PSYCH 497. List Cy Delgado ( as the departmental Adviser on your request.

  • Priority registration may go into effect for winter and spring. Priority will be given first to graduating seniors, followed by seniors and then juniors. 

  • Completing your hours at an additional site? Review information in the next drop down "What is the Learning Contract?"

The learning contract is an understanding of the expectations between the student and the fieldwork site and must be submitted for all fieldwork sites. It is integrated into the registration request student's make through Handshake (see above drop down). It will be helpful to review and reflect on the following questions prior to speaking with the fieldwork site supervisor.

  1. Supervisor's name and contact.
  2. Weekly and total site hours. 

  3. Learning Goals: How do you believe this fieldwork experience will complement your academic studies in Psychology? Specifically, what do you hope to learn as a result of this experience?

  4. Job Description: Describe your role and responsibilities for this organization. How will these responsibilities help you fulfill your learning goals?

  5. Training/Site Supervision: Who will supervise your experience and what type of training will you receive?

Completing Fieldwork at an additional site? 

Student's are encouraged to complete the experience at a single site but sometimes multiple sites are necessary. After speaking with either Cy or Dr. Nelson about an additional site, follow these steps for submitting an additional learning contract.

  1. Complete the steps in the above drop down "Submit Registration Request and Learning Contract" for one of the sites.

  2. For additional site(s), log into Handshake using your UW net ID.

  3. Click on the "Career Center" link from the menu of options.

  4. Click on the "Experiences" link.

  5. Once on the Experiences page click on “Submit an Experience”. 

  6. Once on the page, click the drop down menu for “Experience Type”

  7. Select "Psych 497 - For second fieldwork site (optional)"

  8. Fill out the application and learning contract and click the green button at the bottom that says “submit an experience”.

  9. Your site supervisor will receive an email from Handshake asking them to approve your position.

  10. Once your experience has been approved, you will receive a final email.

Please follow up with your supervisor if your status in Handshake is "In progress" to see if your supervisor received an email from Handshake asking to review your learning contract. The email's subject line is "Approve experience for [Your Name]."  Once they approve your experience, Cy will review for the final approval. 

Enrollment Timeline

Students enroll in PSYCH 497 during the same quarter the fieldwork experience is completed. For summer experience completion, students enroll during autumn quarter.

Quarter of Enrollment

Registration Request Opens

Registration Starts

Registration Request Closes

CPT Submission Date* 

Summer 2024 497 is not offered. Read "When do I register in Psych 497?" above. 
Autumn 2024 April 12, 2024 May 15, 2024 September 20, 2024 September 11, 2024
Winter 2025 October 11, 2024 October 13, 2024 January 2, 2025 December 23, 2024

Spring 2025

April 12, 2025

February 26, 2025

March 27, 2025

March 17, 2025

*For International students. This date allows for a two week review window prior to the first day of the quarter that ISS often requires. CPT review can take more or less time after being submitted. Your CPT will need to be approved prior to starting site hours. 

Supervisor Information

A critical component of a student's fieldwork experience is the training and supervision they will receive at the field site. Below is an outline of expectations for site supervisors. Students, please remember these guidelines and refer to them when talking with the agency you plan to do your fieldwork. In addition, if the student or supervisor has any questions or concerns regarding the agency's training or supervision, please don't hesitate to contact Cy Delgado in the Psychology Advising Office.

The field site supervisor must agree to the following:

  • Provide a good learning and training environment for the student, including adequate orientation to the program and regular supervision, as necessary, keeping routine work such as data entry and filing to a minimum.
  • Work directly with the student and make explicit arrangements concerning the student's overall learning objectives, communication, expectations, and records of the student's hours and performance.
  • Complete an evaluation of the student's performance. A final evaluation will be emailed to the site supervisor toward the end of the quarter. It must be returned to the Psychology Advising Office before the student can receive credit.

The relationship with your site supervisor is very important. When you first meet to discuss your fieldwork experience, please discuss the following topics:

  • Discuss what you would like to learn about the organization and the work that they do.
  • Discuss your future career goals and interests and how this experience may prepare you for that work.
  • Discuss the type of work they will expect from you at this organization
  • Discuss the quality of supervision and the type of training you will receive as a volunteer.
  • Discuss the number of hours you will be expected to perform and your schedule.
  • Decide how many credits you want to receive (see drop-down above, "how do I earn credit?").

Except for reviewing, approving or amending the student’s Learning Contract at the beginning of the quarter and completing the end-of-the-quarter final evaluation, the site supervisor has no additional duties beyond their typical duties of performance feedback and support.

Supervisors will rate the student’s performance from poor to superior in 9 areas: competence, initiative, ability to learn, relationships, leadership, creativity, quality of work, quantity of work, and dependability. Supervisors will also confirm the number of hours the student has completed and have an opportunity to include additional comments. 

The psychology department does not have affiliations with organizations for undergraduate students. Supervisors and organizations are not required to have an affiliation agreement with the department.

Students: If the position has an affiliation requirement, please check if you must be in a graduate program. If yes, you do not qualify for the position.

In most cases, students will have a supervisor. However, a few sites, such as Crisis Text Line (CTL) and Learn to Be, do not have a direct supervisor. While volunteering with CTL, students will receive training and can also turn to crisis counselors for help if they encounter a challenging situation.

When completing the Learning Contract for CLT or Learn to Be, list Cy Delgado as your supervisor. At the end of the quarter, Cy will email you a request to submit a screenshot of the number of hours completed. If students are not volunteering with CTL or Learn to Be and their fieldwork site does not have a designated supervisor, please email Cy Delgado at


Psychology covers many areas, from child development to mental health, animal behavior, to sensory perception. Many different types of experiences are related to psychology. You are encouraged to reflect on your psychology coursework to identify how your volunteer experience may be related.

Keep in mind that psychology is the study of human and animal behavior. With your experience, you will want to seek positions where you will have many interactions with people or animals. A job with duties limited to filing, answering phones, copying, stacking goods, cooking, or food prep does not provide in-depth interactions with others. The goal is to find an experience that allows you to grow from observations and be involved in deep, meaningful conversations.

A conversation with the site supervisor may help identify if their needs match your goals. Cy and the other Psychology Advisers are available to help you with this process. When you submit your Learning Contract, you will be expected to include specific ways your fieldwork experience relates to psychology.

Some sites may have a system for students to log hours. If that is not an option, students should track hours in a notebook or on your computer (daily or weekly). Towards the end of the quarter, students should speak with their supervisors about the number of hours completed. A final evaluation will be sent to your supervisor, asking about performance and confirming the number of completed hours.

Don't have a supervisor? See "what if I don't have a designated supervisor?" information above.

Hours are based on the number of credits students are registered for.

There are no weekly hour requirements; students may adjust weekly hours to fit their schedule. However, speaking with your supervisor at the start of your experience and throughout the quarter is essential to clarify scheduling expectations. Be mindful of holidays and organizational closures. 

At the end of the quarter, site hours should total the hours required for registered credits. See "How do I earn credit" in the Registration Information section above for more information. 

For first-quarter students, you may register for a minimum of 2 credits. Continuing students can register for a minimum of 1 credit. Students may register for a maximum of 5 credits every quarter. Students can earn up to 10 credits of Psych 497 towards the Psych degree. Once maxed, registration into 497 will be restricted. Overall, students may only apply 18 credits of Psych 496-499 towards their 180 credits for the BA or BS.

F-1 international students must be registered in 497 before applying for CPT. An email is sent to all students who have been registered in 497, and you may apply for CPT once you receive the email.  Questions? Watch the introduction to CPT video for more information. 

Note: If you initiated the registration and learning contract and a few days have passed but you have not recieved your request for review from Handshake, please check with your supervisor to see if they have received and approved their request. 

If you want to extend your internship end date, you must submit a new CPT request in MyISSS. If you wish to cancel, shorten, or change the credit for CPT, you can update your CPT by completing the CPT Update Form in MyISSS.

Yes, students may earn up to a maximum of 10 credits of Psych 497 by registering in the continuing 497 section.

Yes! While most sites are volunteer, it will be up to the site to decide if they will pay for the position you are inquiring about or working at. The rationale to allow paid positions for 497 is that wages provide compensation for the effort you put forth in the internship/fieldwork itself. Whereas academic credit provides compensation for completing assignments demonstrating that the learning takes place in an internship.

It is best to find one fieldwork site for various reasons (e.g., time demands, travel concerns, supervisor coordination, etc.); however, it may be possible to do two sites and combine the hours for credit. Please contact Cy or Dr. Nelson for final approval, depending on which section you register in. If approved, you must complete separate learning contracts for both fieldwork sites. See "What is the learning contract?" above for information about submitting an additional learning contract.

If you have already been working at a site for some time or before registering for Psych 497, you are encouraged to do an additional project or take on additional responsibilities to further your learning.

No. Except for hours completed during the summer because 497 is not offered, Psych 497 is intended to grant students credit for academic work (the class) done concurrently with the fieldwork experience.

Yes! Students who want credit for the hours completed during the summer may do so by registering for 497 in autumn. Hours completed during summer may only be applied to the autumn quarter and can not be applied towards the winter or spring hour requirement.

For autumn, students have 3 options to complete their hours: 1. Students may complete their hours in the summer, or 2. from summer through autumn, or 3. in autumn. You should review the credit vs. hours chart above to determine how many credits to register for 497 in autumn. If you complete your hours during the summer, your final performance evaluation will be sent to your supervisor sometime during the first few weeks of autumn quarter.

International students on an F-1 visa are strongly encouraged to review the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) information available through the International Student Service (ISS) office during the spring or prior to starting your search for a summer fieldwork site.

If you have questions, contact Cy Delgado before the summer quarter begins to discuss this process.

First-quarter students must attend the weekly class and must make time in their schedule to do so. Continuing students do not have a class and will receive assignments through Canvas.

If 497 is full, your name will be added to the waitlist, and once a space is available, you may be added. Please adjust your schedule or plan to take 497 the next quarter if you can not resolve time conflicts.

For students who can not register for 497 or complete non-psychology-related internships, you can apply for General Studies 350 credit. The General Studies 350 class is managed through the Community Engagement & Leadership Education (CELE) Center at 171 Mary Gates Hall. International students may register for GEN ST 350 and apply their CPT to the course. Please contact the Carlson staff for assistance at 206-543-4282 or

General Studies 350

No, Psych 496, 497, 498, 499 are experience courses and will not fulfill the upper divisional academic course requirements.

You can direct specific questions to Cy Delgado, 206.543.3365,, or visit 119A Guthrie Hall

Alternatively, you may contact the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office at or 206.543.2698