Prepare While You Are at Rutgers
- Category: Careers and Graduate School
Student Employment at Rutgers:
The Student Employment Office (SEO) administers two employment programs for students: the Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) and the Job Location and Development Program (JLDP). The FWSP is offered to financial aid recipients who meet certain criteria; the JLDP is available to all currently-enrolled university students. On the New Brunswick campus, the SEO assists students with finding part-time and seasonal employment through both programs.
All FWSP employment is coordinated through the SEO. Eligible students can work in a variety of on-campus jobs, such as in campus centers, recreation centers, libraries, and University departments. Additionally, students can work in on-campus and off-campus paid community service positions for non-profit agencies and organizations in areas related to education and literacy, human and social services, law and public policy, arts and humanities, multicultural, diversity and social justice, health and business.
For more information, please visit the Student Employment Office website at
BA-level psychology links:
Comprehensive Psychology Information
These organizations have a lot of information about jobs, graduate schools, etc.
Research Experiences, Internships and Scholarships for Undergraduates
The National Science Foundation (NSF) makes possible a number of opportunities for undergraduates to join research projects each summer. This allows students to experience first-hand how basic research is carried out and to contribute consequentially. The principal support by NSF of such activities is through the REU Program.
The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program's purpose is to prepare talented, low-income, first generation, and /or underrepresented college students to enter, persist and complete doctoral studies. This program offers both regular semester and summer internships and financial assistance.
The United Negro College Fund offers scholarship and internship opportunities to minority students.
The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is offering a special AFSCME Union Scholarship Program.
Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates has a special program for faculty members to sponsor a special sophomore-level research assistant. Perhaps that special faculty member has no idea how much your services are needed.
The Wells Keddie Scholarship Fund accepts applications (due mid-February) each year for a $3,000 scholarship. Applicants are selected on the basis of good academic standing and social activism.
Vanguard Scholarships for minority students: Scholarships up to $10,000 for minority students with GPA of 3.0 or better. Application deadlines are in December for the following academic year.
The Johns Hopkins Laboratory for Child Development offers a limited number of summer internship positions. Student interns will gain experience in all aspects of our research, including: recruiting families to participate in our studies, understanding and helping to design experiments to be run with infants and children, constructing experimental stimuli, conducting experiment sessions with children and their parents, analyzing and interpreting data, and attending lab meetings in which general issues in cognitive development are discussed.
The Advising Office has been receiving an increasing number of questions about forensic psychology. (Perhaps because of some popular TV shows??) Toi Tyson, the Assistant Director of Rutgers Career Services (http://careerservices.rutgers.edu/) has put together some useful information about this field:
Regarding ideas for internships, since forensic psychology defined as “the application of the science and profession of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system” (source: http://www.abfp.com/) internships that would relate to you building a career in this field on the undergraduate level would be in “prisons, jails, rehabilitation centers, police departments, law firms, schools, government agencies, or in private practice, to name a few” (source: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/take-all-prisoners/201006/what-is-forensic-psychology). Any internship that you secure in those areas could be possible leads into your career of choice. A career counselor can assist you in planning out an internship search strategy.
Pros and cons of any career should always be taken into consideration in the planning process to be sure that you’re identifying the appropriate career choice for you. The following gives a few considerations: http://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2009/11/postgrad.aspx, http://psychology.about.com/od/psychologycareerprofiles/a/forensicpsych.htm and, http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/witness/201010/whats-it-take-become-forensic-psychologist-0 .
Graduate school planning is another area that we can help you with. You can access a listing of schools a related program by visiting www.gradschools.com . Click on the ‘Social & Behavioral Sciences Graduate Programs’ link and customize your criteria to get more information about schools. You would need to plan for a doctoral degree for this career choice. Also, we have a graduate school planning page on our Career Services website at http://careerservices.rutgers.edu/gradschool.shtml.