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University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignCollege of ACES
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
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Internships / Volunteering

There are a variety of internship and volunteer opportunities offered through Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). Interning or serving as a volunteer at a local social service agency or school, in a hospital or after-school youth program, or at another site with children, adults, and/or families allows you to explore career options and gives you an opportunity to build skills and experience outside of the classroom. This page contains links and information about some of the exciting in-the-field opportunities available to HDFS students.

HDFS 450 - Practicum in Human Development & Family Studies

Each fall semester, HDFS 450 (Practicum in HDFS) offers as many as 25 junior, senior, and graduate HDFS students a variety of supervised internship and related professional development experiences in Champaign-Urbana human service agencies and organizations. Each placement is structured to assure students learn and grow professionally with mentoring from both faculty and on-site supervisors.

  • HDFS 450 practicum is one way to satisfy the HDFS undergraduate program's requirement for an "applied" course. Up to six hours of credit in HDFS 450 may be counted toward the 126 hours required for the B.S. degree.
  • Students begin the placement process for their HDFS 450 practicum experiences at an organizing meeting early in the spring semester preceding the practicum. Learn more about the process and the kinds of experiences available: Fall 2015 HDFS 450 course information
  • For more information about HDFS 450 for the upcoming Fall semester, contact Sharon Monday

Other Internships

Students currently may earn HDFS internship credit only via HDFS 450 (Practicum in HDFS) or via a small number of other opportunities approved by the department advising coordinator. However, students are strongly encouraged to seek volunteer and other professional experience with community organizations, whether in the Champaign-Urbana community or elsewhere.

Volunteer Experiences

Volunteer work at a human services agency or organization can be rewarding in many ways. Whether it's helping at a drop-in day care center, working with kids at a youth club or camp, sorting stock at a food pantry, or some other activity, you can gain valuable experience, relevant items to add to your resume, and useful references and contacts for future job searches - and you'll feel good for helping the community! The Champaign-Urbana area is large enough to have a wealth of volunteer opportunities available that can fit with a typical student schedule - from a few hours one day a week to an hour or two several days.

You can locate your own volunteer opportunity by looking in the "Social Service Organizations" listing in the Yellow Pages. Also, members of the Human Interest Professions (HIP) Club can help you connect with volunteer situations. The HDFS advising coordinator has a list of places our students frequently give some of their time.

ACES Student Development and Career Services

For the College of ACES' most up-to-date job interview and placement information, as well as help with resumes, interview skills and other job/internship search topics, visit the Student Development and Career Services website contact Jean Drasgow or Dean Jason Emmert at:

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