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Psychology 4000: Practicum

Practicum StudentPSYC 4000 Practicum is open to BAA, BA and BSc students

Important message to students: 

  • If you are a BSc or BAA student, your degree completion requires you to spend one summer term doing a "practicum".
  • BA Students may also complete a practicum as an optional course.
  • Practicum is not offered during any other term.
  • For information about prerequisites please contact the practicum supervisor Kurt Penner at
  • Planning for Practicum begins 4 months ahead during the final year; i.e., January through April, sometimes earlier.
  • You are expected to be at your practicum site working with your employer host from the 1st week of May.
  • Contact the Practicum Supervisor (Kurt Penner) for a Practicum Questionnaire if you are planning to do your practicum in Summer 2018.


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Psychology 4000: Practicum

This course is designed to introduce students to the workplace, research settings and possible entry-level jobs after graduation. Students work under the supervision of both the employer/host and a Kwantlen supervisor, undertaking projects that enable them to apply the academic knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. (Click here to check one of the Practicum Presentations)

The Practicum is normally taken in the summer, ideally after all or almost all other coursework is completed. 
Prerequisites: Both (a) 72 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher, including 9 credits from PSYC courses at the 3000 level or higher, and (b) the permission of the Practicum Instructor.


Previous Practicum Employers/Hosts:

Andritz Automation
BackCheck Inc
Basil Communications
BC Housing
Boston Pizza Head Office
Canada Border Services
Canadian Cancer Society
City of Richmond Policy Planning Dept
Coast Capital Savings
Columbia Health Centres
Correctional Service of Canada
Dr. Jeff Coil, Dental Practice
Earl's Restaurant Management
Filipino-Canadian Marketing Group
FedEx Vancouver Airport Operations
German Canadian Benevolent Society
Hope Bridge Services
Hughes Security
Ipsos Reid
James Martell Resource Centre
Kla How Eya Aboriginal Centre
Langley Boys & Girls Club
Langley's International Festival Society
Language Training Center
Lehigh Northwest Cement Human Resources
Life Strategies Inc
MAC Realty
Matsqui Regional Reception & Assessment Centre
Options Services
Pacific Community Resources SCOPE program
Pepsi Bottling Group, Human Resources
Professional Flight Center
Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS)
Renaissance Resort Retirement Living
Riverview Forensic Psychiatric Services
SFU Dept of Psychology
SFU Surrey -- Health Sciences Continuing Studies Research Unit
Speech and Language Services (Dianne E. Milsom)
Surrey Community Services
Surrey Crisis Pregnancy Centre
Surrey School District
Surrey Women's Centre
Synovate (Market Research)
System Safety Services
The Art of Loving Inc
The Centre for Child Development
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport
Tradeworks Training Society
Trinity Western University
UBC Dept of Psychology
UBC Educational Psychology
UBC Faculty of Medicine Dept of Cont Prof Dev & Knowledge Transfer
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Vancouver Fire Dept
Vancouver Neighbourhood House
Westcoast Vocational Inc
Western Canada Society to Access Justice
WorkSafe BC

Practicum Information for Employers-Please click here.

Comments from previous hosts:

"The student's research skills were on par with our graduate students."
"She was quick to learn new skills, very dependable, able to take on responsibility, adaptable, great to work with!"
"The student we had was a genuine pleasure to have working with us."
"She was well organized and the research was thorough and well done."
"We offered her a job based on her performance in the practicum."
"We would be willing to have practicum students in some of our other programs/services as well."
"She has done outstanding work with us."

Practicum Supervisor: Kurt Penner

tel: 604.599.2927
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Last Updated: Nov 14 2017

  • 180 – 220 hours minimum working for the employer/host;
  • Part-time or full-time, at convenience of employer;
  • Normally unpaid;
  • Workplace meeting with faculty supervisor during placement;
  • Brief assessment report from employer/host supervisor;
  • 3 Class meetings during the semester;
  • Weekly Email reports, and a final written & oral report