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Internships & Student Teaching

Internships provide students with hands-on opportunities to use the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom in professional work settings. The department coordinates a formal internship program for students in the Developmental and Family Science and Human Service majors. Internships through this program are semester-long experiences (fall, spring, or summer) that are based in a variety of agency settings (community centers, government agencies, healthcare facilities, military bases, etc.). Internship placements are tailored to meet students’ professional interests as well as promote learning outcomes in the areas of knowledge of the field, skill development, and professional behavior. Internship placements are arranged through a preparatory course (HDFS 45400) based on student, agency, and department agreement.

In addition to the departmental internship program, HDFS-related internships are offered through Purdue Extension and the Military Extension Internship Program. These internships offer high quality experiences open to any HDFS major.