The HDFS internship is the capstone course for our undergraduate majors. To best meet their personal interests and goals, students can select from a variety of internship tracks. The HDFS internship consists of an intensive semester-long field placement wherein students apply their academic training in a real-life setting. Through this “learning by doing” experience, students develop the knowledge and skills that are critical for successfully achieving their long-range career objectives. Our internship students also make valuable contributions to the well-being of individuals, families, and programs within the local, national, and international communities.
In order to complete the 12-credit hour internship, students will have to work a minimum of 450 hours at their internship site. During Fall and Spring semesters, students will work about 30 hours a week over the course of a semester to earn the 450 hours. During Summer semester, students will work approximately 45 hours a week at their internship site. Students are expected to complete both the minimum number of hours and semester weeks at their site.
The primary goals of the HDFS internship are to provide students with an opportunity to apply their academic training in a real life setting so that they will be prepared to pursue their career goals after graduation. The specific learning objectives of the HDFS Internship are as follows:
Jamie Sailors, Ph.D.
Department of Human Development and Family Studies Internship Director
Office: 206-F Spidle Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3217
Fax: (334) 844-4515