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Infancy and Preschool Concentration
Internships in the area of Infancy and Preschool involve working directly with or for the benefit of children approximately 6 years of age and younger. Internship possibilities include preschool/daycare teaching, administration of early childhood programs, day care licensing, training, and consulting. Daycare-based internships must be in programs that are accredited or in the process of accreditation through NAEYC, NAC, NECPA or similar organizations.
Child Life Concentration
Internships in the area of Child Life involve working directly with or for the benefit of infants, children, and adolescents with specific medical needs. Students typically intern in a hospital or other medical care setting or with an organization dedicated to servicing chronically ill or special needs children.
Middle Childhood and Adolescence Concentration
Internships in the area of Middle Childhood and Adolescence involve working directly with or for the benefit of youth ages 7 to 20. Internship possibilities include, but are not limited to, working in residential treatment programs, teen pregnancy programs, juvenile court, child protective services, church ministry, youth camps, 4-H, and parks and recreation programs.
Adult Programs Concentration
Internships in the area of Adult Programs involve working directly with or for the benefit of the adult population ages 21 and older. Internship possibilities include adult social services, crisis counseling centers, battered women’s shelters, consumer credit counseling agencies, job corps, human resource management, fundraising, substance abuse rehabilitation programs and services for the aging populations.
Family Life Education
Internships in the area of Family Life Education involve applying research-based knowledge to develop, implement and/or evaluate community-based programs designed to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families. Completion of this concentration meets the minimum course requirements for provisional certification as a Family Life Educator (FLE) through the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Some examples of internship possibilities include working with faculty research projects, cooperative extension agents, community mental health programs, family resource centers, advocacy organizations, or political actions groups, to name a few.