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​

Conduct an independent research project​​

Apply for undergraduate research opportunities around the U.S.

Receive training in relationship counseling from the Gottman Institute

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

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.