Cooperative Field Experience (CFE)
Cooperative Field Experience (CFE) Program
The Cooperative Field Experience (CFE) is highly recommended for all psychology majors. Graduating seniors consistently say the CFE is one of the most worthwhile experiences of their college careers. The CFE experience enhances professionalism and allows students to apply what they have learned in classes to the work place. CFEs have the potential to transition into paying jobs post graduation and greatly enhances students' chances for successful admission to graduate school. Click here to download the CFE Guidelines.
The CFE is available to qualified students. To apply, you must meet the following criteria:
- Completed at least 60 credits.
- Have an overall GPA of at least 2.5.
- Have 15 credits of appropriate coursework in psychology, with a GPA of 3.00.
- Completed all general requirements in English, speech, and mathematics, as stipulated by the College of Liberal Arts and Education.
- Obtain supporting signatures of psychology CFE supervisor, department chair, academic advisor, and one other faculty member.
- Obtain the permission of the agency and on-site supervisor for the CFE.
Detailed information about the CFE is available from the department office.
Please also consult the CFE bulletin board outside room 226 Warner
University Placement Services is another resource for internship information. See the Career Center.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about CFE
"Where can I do my CFE?"
"Who sets up the CFE?"
"How many hours of CFE should I take?"
"How many CFEs can I do?"
"Why is the CFE not required?"
"Can I get paid for a CFE?"
"Can I do the same CFE for two semesters?"
"Who supervises the CFE?"
"Is it possible for a site to turn me down?"
Comments from Recent CFE Students:
“It helps you get experience with the setting and population you want to work with.”
“You gain knowledge about how information from classes applies in the real world."
“It helps you gain focus, to see if this type of setting is where you really want to work.”
“It can point you in a new direction.”
“Experience looks good on job and grad school applications.”
“It helps to have more people who can write letters of recommendations for you, for jobs after graduation.”