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Internships (HDEV 395 and HDEV 495)

In addition to the required Practicum in Human Development (HDEV 475), you may work with a faculty sponsor in an elective internship experience. Like the practicum, an internship is a learning experience that allows you to integrate academic learning in the University with real-world activities in a given career path.


To qualify for an internship, all of the following criteria must be met:

  • You must be matriculated in the Human Development Department
  • The internship must be related to your career goals
  • You should have sufficient background to undertake the internship and learn from the experience
  • The internship must be unpaid; credit will not be granted for a paid work experience
  • The internship must be performed in an established business, agency or other appropriate organization
  • The internship site must not be owned in whole or in part by any of your relatives

To apply for an internship

You must submit a completed HDEV 395/495 Internship Coversheet (222kb PDF) and an acceptable internship proposal to the Human Development Office (UDC-407) or an HDEV academic advisor. Your coversheet must be signed by a faculty sponsor*. Preparation of the proposal requires thought and consideration, so planning should begin well before the registration period for the semester in which the internship will be performed.

*It is your responsibility to get a faculty sponsor. This person may be any full- or part-time faculty member currently appointed in the Department of Human Development. Your faculty sponsor should have experience related to the area in which the internship will be performed.

The internship proposal

You will design the internship and define its objectives in conjunction with a field supervisor, and you will submit the resulting proposal to your faculty sponsor for approval (your faculty sponsor must sign the coversheet before you may turn it in).

The objectives you set will involve, in a broad sense, the application of academic theories and concepts to your work experience and a critical analysis of your findings. Since internships are not requirements for graduation, there is no pre-structured program.

The typed proposal must address the following:

  • The learning objectives for the internship specific to your educational goals statement and plan of study
  • Your academic/experiential preparation for undertaking the internship
  • The activities you will perform during the internship and how you will be supervised, including a job description if available
  • The requirements for the written component of the internship (As a general guideline, written work may include a journal reflective of your day-to-day experience, plus a 10-12 page paper indicating how, or whether, your academic work illuminates practice and vice versa)

Return the completed internship coversheet and internship proposal to the Human Development Office (UDC-407) or an HDEV academic advisor. Your coversheet must include your faculty sponsor's signature. A copy of the coversheet and proposal will be placed in your academic file.


  • Proposals for 4-credit internships should be filed no later than the middle of the second week of class
  • Proposals for 1-3 credit internships have a later deadline; contact the HDEV Office for exact dates
  • No proposals will be considered after the deadline for adding courses has passed
  • Registering for the internship
  • Both your faculty sponsor and field supervisor must approve your proposal before you can be registered for an internship

Registering for an internship

You cannot register for HDEV 395 or HDEV 495; a member of the HDEV administrative team will register you for the internship. If this is your first internship, you will be registered for HDEV 395; if this is your second internship, you will be registered for HDEV 495.

Course credit and limits

Internships may be taken for 1 to 4 credits, but are typically 3 or 4 credits. One credit represents 45 hours of student work per semester. Those hours may include actual work on site, academic study or research, and on-site or off-site preparation.

You are restricted to a total of 8 credit hours in internship and independent study courses (HDEV courses 395, 397, 495 and 497) toward your degree.

Time commitment

If you are completing an internship for 4 credits, you are required to work 10-12 hours per week at the internship site and complete additional assignments as required by your faculty sponsor.


Internships are graded on a pass/fail basis only.

Faculty sponsor

Your faculty sponsor serves as the on-campus coordinator and supervisor of your internship. The faculty sponsor will review and approve your internship proposal, maintain contact with your field supervisor to ensure the proposal is properly implemented and submit your final grade to the Registrar's Office. The sponsor will be available to you throughout your internship, will submit a mid-semester evaluation form to assess your progress and may follow up with a phone call to your field supervisor.

Field supervisor

The field supervisor serves as your direct supervisor during the internship and is responsible for providing a mid-semester evaluation and a final evaluation on your activities to the faculty sponsor for use in grading.

Internship site selection

You are responsible for locating your internship site. A directory of sites and contact persons is available in the Peer Advising Office, UDC-450. Also, review the finding a practicum or internship site webpage.

Be sure to discuss the duties and responsibilities of the internship with the person who will be your field supervisor; outline those duties in writing. That written outline will become part of your internship proposal. You cannot be registered for an internship until your field supervisor and faculty sponsor have approved your proposal and signed your coversheet.

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Last Updated: 9/15/17