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Bachelor Degree Internship Requirements

Students enrolled in HD FS, must complete an academic internship prior to graduation. All 4-year degree students are required to complete 480 hours at an approved internship while enrolled in HD FS 495A. 

Over the course of the academic year, students explore various theories of leadership and team dynamics, as well as the process of program and project evaluation. Students also clarify their professional area of interest as they develop a comprehensive portfolio and participate in the career development process.

The internship program consists of three courses.  These courses are:

HD FS 490: Introduction to Internship Experience (2 credits).

HD FS 490 is the first in the series of internship courses and must be taken at least one semester before your internship. HD FS 490 is offered in the fall semester. The primary goal of this course is to prepare you for a successful undergraduate internship in your professional area of interest. In this course you will develop your resume, learn job search techniques, research possible internship sites, and develop and complete an internship agreement. This document is an agreement between you, a suitable internship agency or organization, and the University. Students also develop a project to implement at the internship site during the practicum experience in the following semester. Students must complete HD FS 490 with a minimum grade of "C" and have the instructor's approval before you can continue with the internship program.

HD FS 495B: Human Services Seminar (3 credits).

HD FS 495B is taken the semester following HD FS 490 (its prerequisite) and concurrently with HD FS 495A. This course focuses on presentations and discussion of contemporary human issues by students and visiting professionals.

HD FS 495A: Internship: Assignments: Professional Practicum in Human Services (6-9 credits).

Prerequisite: HD FS 490 (taken the semester prior to HD FS 495A)
This course involves 480 hours in an agency (360 hours if the student has completed HD FS 395).

Faculty Internship Instructor:

Ms. Gina Jones
Career Services and Internship Center Coordinator
Phone: 724-430-4127
E-mail: gmj117@psu.edu