Industrial and Organizational Psychology Concentration: Careers and Internships
Making business and industry work effectively. That's what we teach and what our graduates do.
Industrial/Organizational Psychology student Alyssa Gradus was part of a team of students from several area universities who participated in a graduate student consulting competition for the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington (PTCMW), an organization dedicated to advancing the science and practice of I/O psychology. The goal of the competition was to develop an innovative performance management system for a hypothetical global organization called "Workify." Alyssa’s team, “inNOVAte Consulting,” developed a proposal for an innovative performance management system utilizing evidence-based I/O psychology strategies along with utilizing advanced technological methodologies to enhance engagement. Alyssa and her teammates presented their concept to I/O psychology professionals from PTCMW and PDRI, a CEB Company, at an event co-sponsored by both companies, and won first place!
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) identifies industrial and organizational psychology as one of the fastest growing, most lucrative psychology careers, with a projected growth rate of more than 53 percent. Median annual wages in 2013 reached nearly six figures.
As a graduate of this program, you'll join others who have launched careers in both the public and private sectors and abroad as a direct result of their master's studies. Many have even established their own consulting companies. It's tough to keep up with our graduates' continuous success, but here are some of the places they've landed jobs:
Management and Personnel Consulting Firms
- Allegis Group
- American Institute for Research
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- Caliper Corp.
- DCI Consulting Group
- Development Dimensions International
- Dynamic People Consulting
- Grant Thornton
- ICF International
- Pricewaterhouse Cooper
- Right Management
- Strategic Development Associates, LLC
- Strategic Results Group
- Coast Guard
- U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
- U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency
- Transportation Security Administration
- U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board
- U.S. Office of Personnel Management
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- U.S. Homeland Security
- Maryland Department of Budget and Management
- Maryland State Highway Administration
- Maryland Transit Authority
- Maryland Department of Education
Our graduates have been accepted into top Ph.D. programs at universities across the country. Check out where some of our Applied Psychology graduates have continued their education:
- Bowling Green State University (Industrial Organizational)
- Central Michigan University
- Georgia State
- La Salle University
- Lehigh University
- Northeastern University
- Old Dominion University
- Pennsylvania State College of Medicine (Psychology)
- University of Denver
- University of Georgia
- University of Missouri-Kansas City
- University of North Carolina (Organizational Science)
Gain experience: Although an internship is not required (as some students are already employed in the field), most of our students find internships with local, state and federal agencies and with private sector employers such as PHH-Arval, Safenet Inc., and ICF International. The Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore, also offers selective fellowships for full-time students to work on the center's applied research projects. In addition, there are opportunities for students to work as student assistants or as research assistants on various center projects. Deadlines are April 15 (for the fall semester) and Oct. 15 (for the spring semester).
- Get paid: Typically, students complete a paid internship in the summer after the first year of coursework. Because of our long history of providing employers with talented interns, we have a rich network of organizations that willingly provide internship opportunities both locally and regionally. Some of our out-of state students complete internships with organizations in their home states.
Connect electronically: The IOINTERN listserv guides you to job opportunities and internships and also provides connections to alumni and other students.
- Connect to the community: You can serve as a student member of the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology and of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington, the central association for I/O psychologists working for the federal government and area consulting agencies. Faculty and students attend and often present research at the annual SIOP conference.