Engaged Psychology

Engaged Psychology takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.

Here’s a sampling of recent projects, field experiences, and post-graduate destinations for psychology majors.

RISE at Oberlin
Research. Internships. Study Away. Experiential Learning.

Ways Psychology Majors Rise


  • More than 80 percent of our graduating majors reported conducting research with faculty outside of class during their time at Oberlin. Many graduating majors co-authored scientific conference posters and/or published journal articles.
  • Oberlin and the psychology department help cover the costs of presenting research at scientific conferences.
  • Core areas of psychology study include clinical, cognitive, developmental, and social.

Internships and Experiential Learning

  • YWCA–Girls’ Circle, Elyria, Ohio
  • Early Childhood Center, Oberlin, Ohio
  • Health & Disability Advocates, Chicago
  • Alliance for Children’s Rights, Los Angeles
  • Injection Drug Users’ Health Alliance, New York City
  • University of Denver, Adolescent Relationships Lab
  • Cambridge Health Alliance, Division on Addiction, Mass.
  • Rowan University, Alcohol Administration Research Lab, Glassboro, N.J.
  • University of California, San Diego, Eating Disorder Research Program
  • University of Chicago, Infant Cognition Lab
  • Harvard University Music Lab, Cambridge, Mass.

Study Away

  • Gallaudet University (“dedicated to the deaf and hard of hearing”), Washington, DC
  • Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Danenberg Oberlin in London Program, England
  • University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
  • Pontificia Universidad in Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile

First Destinations of Recent Psychology Majors

  • Positions:
    • Global marketing, Estée Lauder Companies, New York City
    • Digital learning design manager, AbbVie Pharmaceuticals, Chicago
    • Market intelligence analyst, Netpop
    • Software tester, Epic
    • Staff assistant, Entegrit, New York City
    • Fulbright Fellow, South Africa
    • Fellow, United Nations Institute for Training and Research
    • Marketing coordinator, Whitney Museum, New York City
    • Enrollment specialist, New York City Department of Education
    • Community educator, Apicha Community Health Center, New York City
    • Rape crisis advocate, Lorain, Ohio
    • Teacher’s aide, Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
    • Lab manager at Ohio State University, University of California Santa Cruz, Carnegie Mellon University, University of California San Diego, and Stanford University
    • Research technician, Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center
    • Medical researcher, UC San Diego Health
  • Graduate Schools:
    • MAT in elementary education, Brown University
    • MA in speech and language pathology, University of Arizona
    • PhD in psychology and brain sciences, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    • PhD in human factors psychology, Clemson University
    • PhD in human development and family studies, Pennsylvania State University
    • AM at Harvard University
    • PhD in clinical psychology, St. John’s University
    • JD, Duquesne School of Law
    • PhD in cognitive psychology, University of Minnesota
    • PhD in social psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • MA in statistics, Fordham University
    • MSW, Adelphi University