The Master’s of Organizational Psychology program requires that each student complete an organizational development project that includes approximately 80 hours of supervised fieldwork. Fieldwork is comprised of a combination of face time with the Field Site Supervisor and clients, individual preparation and/or research depending upon the needs of the organization, and class instruction (online and in-person). Field Education projects vary depending on the needs of the field site. Some examples include organizational assessment and feedback, change management, team development, facilitation and training, research and benchmarking, facilitation of focus groups, and strategic human resources projects (such as the development of on-boarding programs, succession management).
The field education provides students with a real-world opportunity to apply the concepts and theories they learn while at the same time assisting field sites in improving some performance aspect of their organization. Great care is exercised to match students with field experiences that will enrich and enhance their classroom learning and promote their professional and personal development.
Here is a sampling of past Field Projects
- Disparities Interventions with Cultural lnsight/Harvard Pilgrim
- Team Development at YMCA
- Alumni Relations Assessment at William James College
- Organizational Development Assessment at Laboure College
- Team Development Assessment and Interventions at Brigham and Women's Primary Care
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Beth Israel Deaconess
Field Education Requirements
At William James College, we believe that a student's field work is a key part of their educational experience. Thus we require students to take part in 80 hours worth of field placement work that can happen at their job, a self selected organization, or a William James partner site.
As part of their 80 hour requirements, students are expected to keep a learning journal and have mid-point and final point evaluations completed by their field site supervisors.
While William James field placement instructors will assist the student in whatever way possible to help them secure a field placement, the ultimate responsibility for finding a field placement falls with the student.
Field Project for Online Students
Given the various locations for many of our online students across the United States and the globe, we understand that it might be difficult or prohibitive for these students to find their own field site. Therefore, online students have the option of working on an applied field project where supervised by the field placement instructor that can demonstrate their ability to practice. Examples of past field projects include
- Creation of an online training.
- Writing of an talent management onboarding process.
Students are coached by their Field Project instructor to learn applied elements of OD work. They keep track of their hours in a journal and get developmental feedback at the midpoint and at the end of their project.