Human Services Internship Program

Welcome to the new information page for the Human Services Internship Program at Purdue University! This page is designed to provide information about the Human Services Internship Program to students, current interns, cooperating internship sites, and sites interested in partnering with the internship program.

About the Human Services Internship Program

The Human Services Internship Program is offered by the Department of Human Development & Family Studies and fulfills the capstone experience requirement (HDFS 45500) for the undergraduate Human Services major. The capstone experience provides students with “hands-on” experience in the human services field. The internship is designed to promote student learning outcomes in three domains:

  • Knowledge of Field - Students will acquire knowledge about individual development, family processes, and the broader social context.
  • Skills in Social Services - Students will become skilled in supporting children, adults and/or families in creating and striving for goals that are pertinent to their desires and needs, as well as consistent with the internship site’s program goals.
  • Professional Behavior - Students will demonstrate professional work attitudes and behavior.

Students majoring in Human Services will complete an internship at one of the following levels:

  • Full-time internship (12 credits) at 40 hours per week for 16 weeks (fall/spring)
  • Half-time internship (6 credits) at 20 hours per week for 16 weeks (fall/spring)
  • Half-time internship (6 credits) at 40 hours per week for 8 weeks (summer only)

Students will work with an Internship Placement Coordinator to set up the internship as part of HDFS 45400: Career Assessment and Professional Development, which is taken the semester before the capstone internship experience.

Internship Placement Sites

Internship placement sites may represent the range of human service settings and activities. For example, internship placement sites may:

  • Be non-profit, private, or government agencies (community centers, family resource centers, autism centers, elder care facilities, correction facilities, military installations, etc.)
  • Perform indirect services (fundraising, program development, grant-writing, technical assistance) or provide direct services to clients (program implementation, case management, outreach/education, family support services)
  • Focus on human service needs (poverty, disability, criminal offenses, health and wellness, etc.) across the lifespan (from birth to old age)
  • Serve individuals, groups, families, practitioners, or human service programs

Internships are generally local placements but may be completed in other locations as long as the capstone requirements are met as defined by the Internship Placement Coordinator. For a list of past and current internship placement sites, see the List of Internship Site Partners.

Already a site partner with the Human Services Internship Program?

The Human Services Internship Program appreciates your ongoing collaboration! The documents below may be useful to you in supporting current or future interns.

Interested in partnering with the Human Services Internship Program?

The Human Services Internship Program is always interested in partnering with agencies that can offer high quality experiences and supervision to our Human Services students.

Contact an Internship Coordinator

Jennifer Dobbs-Oates (; 765-494-2931)

Natasha Watkins (; 765-496-2106)

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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