Experiential Learning

Internship Experiences as a HDFS Undergraduate

All undergraduate HDFS majors are provided with both in-class and a field experience which delivers a more comprehensive understanding of children and families related to organizations such as schools, social service agencies and community settings. All HDFS majors must complete a 180-hour practicum, scheduled over two semesters. Part of this practicum experience is devoted to exploring the professional roles and behaviors that characterize work in the human service field during a once weekly seminar conducted by the Internship Coordinators.

Where do HDFS students engage in internship placements?
Area agencies and organizations where HDFS students have worked as volunteers and interns include:

Butternut Community Police Center
Center for Court Innovations
Contact Community Services
Elmcrest Children’s Center
Golisano Children’s Hospital
Hutchings Psychiatric Center
Jowonio School
McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center
Prevention Network
The Salvation Army
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse City School District
WCNY Connected

The student’s choice of Human Development and Family Science Track will dictate their options for field placement selection; however, every effort is made to accommodate the student’s effort at investigating career paths that lead from a Human Development and Family Science Major.

Students with a junior class status will be notified that they need to submit an application for placement. Once this application has been completed and submitted you will be contacted to come in to discuss your placement options with one of the HDFS Internship Coordinators. Click on the link below to start your application.

Practicum for Master’s Students

MA students are expected to work in service or agency settings on applied research projects approved by their faculty committees. Applied work can include assisting an agency to plan or implement a program for families/children at a national or international agency, such as the Children’s Defense Fund, Head Start, or a childcare agency.