The UTC I-O Practicum

As part of our program curricular requirements, all UTC I-O psychology students complete at least 300 hours of supervised work experience in an I-O related capacity. This opportunity to apply what is being learned in the classroom to actual work situations benefits our students tremendously. Here are some examples of real and recent practicum projects:

  • Job/work analysis and job description updating; identifying essential job functions
  • Design/implementation/evaluation of workforce training programs; program delivery; policy development
  • Survey design and administration; exit/stay interviews; customer satisfaction reviews
  • Development and administration of performance evaluation and management systems/programs
  • Assessment validation and evaluation;
  • Recruitment and retention planning
  • Organizational development/change management projects

These projects are clearly valuable for the students, but they are also truly valuable for the organizations in which these students work. The UTC I-O Psychology practicum program benefits local, regional, and national employers in many ways. Through this practicum program, organizations have direct access to top-notch students and developing professionals with an interest in applying I-O psychological science and best-practice to the challenges organizations face in any industry. Due to the stringent admission requirements, program reputation, and challenging curriculum in our program, our students are exceptionally motivated, knowledgeable, and skilled. This all translates into major benefits for organizations, including the following:

  • Professional quality work at a fraction of the cost of a full-time consultant
  • Opportunity to review the work quality and performance of potential future candidates for employment in your own work environment 
  • Completion of important organizational projects for which there has been insufficient time or skilled personnel
  • Qualified and experienced faculty to support students as they tackle important projects for your organization

The organizations employing our students as interns are very satisfied; most internships are repeated commitments, year after year. As an illustration of why this is so, consider this quote from a recent internship supervisor (Summer 2018): "it was great having [student] join our team in Dallas for the summer. She helped us analyze the effectiveness of our flagship leadership development program, and because of her we’ve overhauled some of our evaluation processes. You all are doing something right with the program, because she hit the ground running here and added value quickly."


If you are an employer looking to recruit from the UTC I-O program, please contact Dr. Chris Cunningham directly at to discuss your needs. We can  easily connect you to our highly skilled current students and our massive alumni network.


Recent I-O Internship Sites and Employers

Students and graduates of the UTC I-O program have done very well for themselves in terms of landing meaningful internships and employment after graduation. The lists below summarize the internship sites and employers for UTC I-O students over approximately the past 10 years.


Internship Sites Post-graduation Employers
AGCO Corporation Abbott
Alstom Power Accenture
Amerigroup Corporation Air National Guard
Aramark Allstate
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Amazon
Carbonyx, Inc.
Catoosa County Sheriff's Department (GA) Ariel Premium Supply
Center for Applied Social Research - UTC Armstrong World Industries-Jackson, TN
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Augusta University
Chattanooga Housing Authority AuthorHouse
Chattem, Inc.
City of Chattanooga-Office of Internal Audit Axway (AZ)
Cleveland State Community College Batesville Casket Company (IN)
Coca-Cola Bottling Company United BBI Spreaders
Cooper Tires Belk
EPB BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
FedEx Services Booz Allen Hamilton
Fields Consulting Group (VA) Carpenter & Associates, LLC
Gordon Biersch CEB
Grocery Manufacturers Association (DC) Central Michigan University
HD Supply Chattanooga Autism Center
Human Resources Management, Inc. (AL) Chattanooga State Community College
Hyde EyeCare Chattem, Inc.
Industrial Psychologists, Inc. CHRISTUS Health (TX)
LeanKit Cintas Corporation (MS)
Logi-Serve Citi
McCright and Associates Clarion Hotel
Michael W. Goodman, MD, P.C. Cleveland Community College
Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute Cleveland State Community College, Workforce Development
Mohawk Industries Coca-Cola Refreshments
Mueller Company Colorado Technical University
Psychological Consultants, Inc. Comcast
Quicken Loans Cracker Barrel
RiverCity Consulting Services LLC CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc.
Rock-Tenn Company CrossFit Shelby, LLC
Roper Corporation DataGhost, Inc.
RQ Construction, Inc. Deloitte
Shaw Industries Employbridge
Sheshan Golf Estates EPB
Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center ESPN (CT)
Sonoco (SC) EY (CA)
Tennessee Valley Public Power Association FedEx Services
The Chattanooga Zoo Fred's Inc.
TVA Freelance writer/editor
UTC Georgia Institute of Technology
UTC HR Department Georgia-Pacific LLC
Vikus Corporation HD Supply
Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations Independent Project Analysis (VA)
Zanini Auto Group Jefferson County Commission
  Kemper Corporate Services
  Kennesaw State University
  Las Vegas Sands Corp.
  Life Care Centers of America
  Limestone County Water & Sewer Authority
  Mercedes-Benz USA
  Mississippi Community Education Center
  Moffitt Cancer Center
  Mohawk Industries
  MS Companies
  National Federation of Independent Business
  National Nuclear Security Administration
  Neiman Marcus
  Northside Hopsital
  NXP Semiconductors
  Olin Corporation
  Orbital ATK
  Pellissippi State Community College
  Personnel Science & Solution Architects (TX)
  Pilot Flying J
  Plastic Omnium
  Red Hat (NC)
  Roper Corporation
  Rouse Consulting, LLC
  RQ Construction, Inc.
  Saint Mary's University
  Slalom Consulting
  Smith Moutnain Lake Chamber of Commerce
  TE Connectivity
  The Chattanooga Zoo
  The City of Chattanooga
  The Dow Chemical Company
  The Hartford
  The Home Depot
  The Vincit Group
  T-Mobile US, Inc.
  Total Wine and More
  Tri-County Technical College
  Trutech, LLC
  U.S. House of Representatives
  Virginia Tech
  Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga
  Volkswagen of America, Inc.
  Walmart eCommerce
  Washington DC Office on Aging
  Wellness Council of America
  WFM Missions Base
  Workplace Dynamics