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PSYC 4010: Practicum

Important - Practicum Timeline

Applications for Summer 2023 will open in November 2022 and continue until February 2023, or until full, so watch for the announcements and plan to apply early.
  1. Planning for Practicum usually begins at least four months ahead of the summer semester, ideally earlier. Apply early to secure your spot. 
  2. Review the Practicum Information Session video.
  3. Complete a Practicum Application Questionnaire.
  4. Upload a copy of your Resume/CV. For improving your resume, visit KPU’s Career Services website to follow up on resume review options.
  5. Attend a virtual meeting/interview with the Practicum Supervisor Kurt Penner (to be scheduled after receiving Practicum Application Questionnaire). You may also wish to review the PDF icon List of Past Practicum Positions and the PDF icon Practicum Information Session Slides for 2022.
  6. Participate in search and screening activities for a potential practicum position.

View Some Past Student Practicum Presentations and PostersPracticum Student

PSYC 4010 (6 credits) is the new Psychology Practicum course as of Summer 2021. PSYC 4000 (3 credits) will no longer be offered.

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.

The Practicum is offered only in the Summer semester, see an Arts Degree Advisor.

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.

Important Information for Students

  • Due to COVID-19, practicum positions may involve remote work, though some on-site positions may be available as well.
  • If you are a BSc or BAA student, your degree completion requires you to complete a part-time practicum during the summer term. Practicum is not offered during any other term.
  • Students usually take one or two other courses at the most along with their Practicum course.
  • BA Students may also complete a practicum as an optional course.
  • For information about prerequisites please contact the Practicum Supervisor Kurt Penner at
  • Normally Practicum work will begin in the first week of May. 

Practicum positions include:

  • A required minimum of 180 work hours for the employer (recommended maximum 220);
  • Part-time or full-time work, scheduled at the convenience of the employer and student;
  • Unpaid work (with some exceptions);
  • Work between the beginning of May and early August;
  • A workplace meeting between the faculty supervisor and employer/host supervisor;
  • A brief feedback evaluation by the employer/host supervisor;
  • Three (3) class meetings during the semester;
  • Weekly online reports, and a final oral & written report.

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