Real-World Education

Varied Coursework Directly Related to Job Opportunities

To prepare students for the job market, specialized coursework can be chosen in the junior and senior years. Students can select tracks in child/adolescent development, community mental health/substance abuse, or elder populations. For students not ready to specialize, a variety of courses are available. Because we have a large department (five full-time members who are psychologists and clinical social workers) we are able to offer a wider range of courses than are usually found at a small college.

Students learn how the larger society impacts their work. They are taught to pay attention to issues of poverty, discrimination, and oppression, and are trained to advocate for social justice. This is particularly important to becoming a skilled professional.

Psychology and Human Services Majors Get Real Experience

At Lyndon, the experiences make the education. As early as sophomore year, students can be at a field placement out in the community, working at places such as alternative or public schools, mental health agencies, shelters, a teen drop-in center, probation and parole, refugee centers, or sexual and domestic violence prevention programs. During senior year, students complete a 300-hour internship. Internships can be done year round—including the summer—close to home or around other parts of the country. Placements have included work at the Department of Corrections, a Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, camps for children with special needs, and a family outreach program for Vermont veterans. Students often have jobs when they graduate because of the contacts and the professional skills they develop while at Lyndon.

This degree will prepare you well for the growing fields of psychology and human services. The combination of theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience will be easily applied to new jobs or graduate schools. Students also leave Lyndon with many close friends and faculty mentors to help pave the way to their new professions.

Student Projects

Macro Perspective in Human Services — a course focused on service learning. 

Service learning projects have included:

  • Sexual assault prevention campaign on campus
  • College 101 presentation to offenders housed at the St. Johnsbury Work Camp/Department of Corrections
  • Voter Education and Awareness campaign on campus
  • Tar Sands Awareness Campaign – making the connections between health and human services

Research Projects – Topics have included:

  • College Students’ Motivation for Healthy Behavior
  • Addiction and Usage Behavior of Mobile/Cellular Devices
  • Attachment Styles and Coping with Stress
  • Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in Relation to Criminal Activity
  • Ego-resiliency and Psychological Well-being

Recent Internship and Field Placement Sites

  • Northeast Kingdom Youth Services/St. Johnsbury
  • Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging/St. Johnsbury
  • Barnet School Guidance Department
  • St. Johnsbury School Guidance Department
  • Northeast Vermont Correctional Facility/St. Johnsbury
  • Washington County Mental Health Services/Montpelier
  • Vocational Rehabilitation/St. Johnsbury
  • King Street Youth Center/Burlington
  • St. Johnsbury Health & Rehabilitation Activities Dept.
  • St. Johnsbury Probation & Parole
  • Umbrella – Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention Agency/St. Johnsbury
  • Lyndon Town School After-School Program
  • LEARN – Alternative Education Program for High School Students/Lyndonville
  • Children’s Integrated Services/Lyndonville
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Parson’s Child & Family Center, Albany, New York
  • Lamoille County Mental Health/Morrisville
  • Department of Children & Families/ St. Johnsbury
  • Northeast Kingdom Community Action Head Start/ St. Johnsbury
  • Adaptive Sports Partners, Franconia, New Hampshire
  • Northeast Kingdom Human Services


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