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 Services 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, 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. Beginning fall 2020, students who chose to major in Human Services may elect to add the Addiction Studies Concentration which requires a specialized internship. For more information, see the Addiction Studies Concentration web page.

For more information, please visit the HDFS Internship Program web page here. 

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

Student Teaching

In collaboration with the Office of Clinical Practice in the College of Education, practicum and student teaching experiences are planned for students in Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs and Family and Consumer Sciences Education to support the development of their professional teaching skills. Placement options include public and private schools as well as appropriate community agencies including accredited early childhood programs and Head Start. Placements are aligned to the program curriculum as well as student interest.

Several ECEEN courses include practicum components that give students opportunities to develop their skills for working with infants and young children with and without special learning and behavioral needs. In their senior year, ECEEN students complete a semester of full-time student teaching that includes children who are typically developing and children with special learning needs.

Family and Consumer Science students benefit from extensive field experiences in schools and community agencies that begin as early as your second semester. You will complete a full semester of student teaching in two classroom settings as well as learn how to select, evalute, and manage technology applications for educational settings.

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