Student Opportunities

Research, Clinical, & Volunteer Programs

Research Opportunities

Conducting and participating in research is a great way to show off your skills in psychology. This is especially good for students who wish to apply for graduate school in research psychology (social or cognitive psychology, neuroscience, etc).

Join Psi Chi or the Psychology Club at UC Merced, which regularly participates in research projects

Become a research assistant for a professor at UC Merced

Conduct research as part of the Engineering Service Learning class at UC Merced​

    • Engineering Service Learning is actually open to all students (and is popular among psychology and cognitive science majors). The program gets students together to conduct and publish independent research in a topic of their choosing. Click here to find out more information.

Conduct an independent research project​​

    • An independent research project can be conducted on any topic of your choosing. Simply contact a faculty member and ask them to be your adviser. You can work on the project for college credit, or simply conduct it in order to present at research conferences. This option offers you the most freedom to research whatever you desire.

Apply for undergraduate research opportunities around the U.S.

Clinical Opportunities

Internships and volunteering in clinical or social-welfare settings is a great way to show off your interpersonal skills. This is especially good for students who wish to apply to graduate school in clinical psychology or counseling.

You can volunteer at any community service center. These can include childcare centers, senior centers, or mental health centers. Some local options are listed below. You can contact any of them and ask if they are accepting volunteers.


For a full-time position working with those with mental illness. These facilities usually require that psychology students to have completed at least 60 undergraduate credit units.

You can often find internship opportunities on Handshake and Indeed.com.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering in any way that helps the community is a great way to show your passion for community intervention and helping others.

Local Volunteer Organizations

Internship Opportunities

Internships help train the workers of tomorrow by giving them real, on-the-job experience. Most of the internships listed below are not necessarily related with psychology, but can still provide valuable opportunities and learning experiences for psychology students.

    • Student Success Internships (SSI) Program at UC Merced: The SSI program provides undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in a meaningful, career-driven internship experiences across campus departments. Internship options are conveniently located on campus or surrounding areas, and open to UC Merced undergraduate students interested in applying.

    • CATLink: One-stop access to hundreds of jobs and internships being promoted exclusively with current UC Merced students and alumni.

    • Blum Center for Developing Economies: The aim of this multi-campus initiative is to advance research and education to alleviate the burdens of poverty in the short term, and to end world poverty.