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Experiential Learning & Professional Development

Hands-on learning are an essential part of the MSIOP experience and the program places an emphasis on applied skill acquisition and development. Students develop these skills by completing I-O psychology projects for local organizations through coursework and non-coursework opportunities.

The local organizations students have completed applied course projects for include the following: Aggieland Outfitters, Brazos Valley CASA, Brazos Valley Food Bank, Brazos Valley Marketing, City of Bryan, City of College Station, Family Promise, Mathnasium, Ment Services, MHMR of Brazos Valley, QuestSpecialty, Scotty’s House, TAMU HROE Division, and Texas A&M Engineering Extension (TEEX). The students’ free service to local organizations was also recognized by the College of Liberal Arts in this news article.

Example of course projects include:

  • Leadership assessment and development plan, Brazos Valley Food Bank.
  • Recruitment, selection, and retention analysis, City of College Station.
  • Employee engagement survey development, Mathnasium.
  • Training program development, QuestSpecialty.
  • Job analysis, TEEX.

Students currently enrolled in the doctoral program are eligible for professional development support. This includes travel funds for conference travel, as well as professional development funding to support travel to and/or enrollment in courses or programs not offered locally. The Associate Head of Graduate Studies issues a call for travel requests at the start of the academic year. Students submit the request as soon as they know they are scheduled to present, and work with the business office on arranging travel requests and reimbursements. The Associate Head of Graduate Studies issues the call for professional development funding in the spring semester. This support is competitively awarded based on students’ research productivity and the degree to which the opportunity will develop the student’s research program.

Students are encouraged to speak to area or department administration about career development and professional opportunities.

Students further acquire real-world experience through applied internships. These allow students to apply the knowledge they have gained during their first year in the MSIOP program. They also acquire work-related experience and sharpen the skills needed for successful future careers in the I-O field. Students have interned with the US Air Force, KPMG, Schlumberger, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Ericsson, Texas Instruments and other organizations.

Projects completed by recent interns include those listed below. To learn more about the nature of each students’ internship experience, visit this page.

  • Developed situational judgment test items for the US Air Force.
  • Completed a job analysis of data scientist for Bell Textron.
  • Developed and facilitated leadership training at WPS Health Solutions.
  • Analyzed diversity data to propose DEI initiative at SelectQuote.
  • Migrated and visualized people metrics data using Power BI desktop for Rio Tinto.

Weekly Colloquium Series: A distinguishing feature of MSIOP program are weekly colloquium series that further complements other program requirements. These colloquia provide unique opportunities for students to learn directly from I-O professionals in applied settings as well as researchers from various I-O psychology backgrounds who are invited as guest speakers. They discuss updates on cutting-edge research and perspective in the discipline.  Weekly colloquia are typically scheduled on Fridays from 1:30-3:00PM and there is a very strong expectation that all MSIOP students attend and participate in the colloquium series.

Career Preparation: Although students have the primary responsibility of securing internships and jobs, the program provides them the resources and support they need to be successful. The PSYC 683 (Professional Seminar) instructor and the Program Director work closely with students to prepare job application materials, practice interviewing, and successfully negotiate offers. Program faculty also forward internship and job announcements to students and provide advising during their application or offer negotiation process.

TAMU Resources

  • Student Counseling Services: provides counseling support to students with crisis or routine situations.
  • Disability Services : offers coordination for services required for academic success.
  • Student Health Services : health care for students, including graduate students.
  • University Writing Center : provides numerous resources for writing development at all levels.
  • Career Center : provides professional development support for employment skills, including interviewing, developing a resume/CV, developing social media profiles.
  • Money Education Center : need information about financial aid or managing finances, this is it.
  • Professional Development : The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) offers numerous mentoring and development opportunities.
  • Professional Development Grant Writing and Funding: Dr. Steve Maren, Professor Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Institute for Neuroscience, offers helpful information about grant writing and finding funding opportunities.+
  • Travel Grants : The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) offers travel grants for graduate students
  • International Student Services : offers support services to all international students
  • Graduate Catalog: Catalog that provides information about the graduate and professional studies programs of Texas A&M University to students, prospective students, and faculty and staff of the university.
  • Graduate Funding – Funding opportunities outside of the department
  • Tuition and Required Fees – Current tuition and fees rate sheets
  • Graduation –  Graduation resources and requirements
  • Thesis and Dissertation Services – provides support for your Thesis/Dissertation on  formatting and style to meet the Texas A&M University’s regulations

Outside Resources