There are experiential learning funding opportunities, so please review the EL website for guidelines and due dates!

This program allows HDFS Majors to gain 6 (240 clock hours) or 9 (360 clock hours) credit hours through placements in a variety of community settings at the local, state or national level that allows students to:

  • Apply knowledge of the social sciences through observation and practice
  • Critically reflect on course knowledge
  • Gain professional experience and develop professional networks
  • Satisfy admission requirements for selected academic or professional programs (CFLE, PT/OT, Nursing, Medical School)

What do I need to do now?

  • Review the requirements below to know when you will be eligible to complete an applied community internship.
  • Take HDFS 3110 Professional Development to learn more about your career interests. This course is a prerequisite for HDFS 5900.
  • Remember that you must enroll in HDFS 5900 the semester before you can register for HDFS 5910 and receive internship credit. This course is Permission of Department (POD) and to gain access, you must complete and return the checklist (see below in Requirements)

Course Progression

  1. HDFS 3110 Professional Development
  2. HDFS 5900 PreInternship
  • Establish Internship Placement – please see the note about Application Deadlines on the right.
  • Use the application to develop a legal document called a Memorandum of Understanding. This document is required by UGA and must be in place before an internship begins/credit is issued.
  • Review Professional Conduct
  • Discuss issues specific to your placement 

      3. HDFS 5910 Community Internship

  • You will register for a course (HDFS 5910) that functions just like any other course you have registered for during your time as a student.
  • Meet Regularly with Instructor/Classmates during university scheduled date/time
  • Complete weekly assignments
  • Complete evaluations, portfolio, and project
  • Present project to peers during university scheduled final exam date/time
Professional Development (3110) Semester Pre-Internship (5900) Semester Community Internship (5910) Semester
Spring Fall Spring
Fall Spring Summer or Fall

Eligibility Requirements

You will need to complete the Applied and CFLE Internship Advisement Checklist and meet with your advisor to discuss the following requirements before you are able to register for HDFS 5900:

  • A minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA in the semester in which you register for the Pre-Internship course (HDFS 5900). This course requires Permission of Department. 
  • Completed 60 semester hours prior to beginning the internship
  • Completed HDFS 2100295022005900 and five additional HDFS classes with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better prior to beginning the internship

Where do students complete internships?

The following are examples of historical internships based on students’ specialized learning goals and potential careers, but the sites listed are not guaranteed placements. Please note that all internships are not approved until you submit a completed application in HDFS 5900. 

*Please note that international internships are not possible, and most education abroad opportunities DO NOT meet our departmental internship requirements. You may be able to receive research internship credit (HDFS 5950) through the London Program, so please ask your advisor for additional information and visit the Applied Research Internship site for additional information to plan for the required prerequisites for that experience.

General HDFS Emphasis

Prevention/Intervention Track

Disability Certificate and Health Related Track

Many of the options listed above represent career opportunities. *These options may require a Master's Degree or Certificate.

You are not limited by the placements suggested. Use the following resources to search for additional options. Please remember that final approval for an internship site is not provided until you are enrolled in HDFS 5900 and have completed a fully executed departmental internship application.

Please review these frequently asked questions, which will be explained in futher detail during HDFS 5900. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You will enroll in HDFS 5900 first to complete an application that is used to negotiate a legal agreement, called a Memorandum of Understanding. During HDFS 5900, you will be given Permission of Department to register for HDFS 5910.

Although most internship are off-campus, HDFS 5910 is a course that is designated by the university and has an official course time (designated in the course schedule) that is followed during your internship.

You should be mindful of tuition deadlines. Because it is an internship, some university fees can be waived.

During the internship, you will be required to:
•Attend your internship  for the ENTIRE semester.
•Complete weekly assignments
•Participate in cohort meetings on campus/technology.
•Complete a portfolio and project.

Professional development is important, so during HDFS 5900, it is the student's responsibility to search, initiate contact and secure an internship. Because HDFS 5900 is a class in a series on professional development (3110 is a pre-req.), we believe that the internship seeking process is a professional development opportunity because you will need to practice the skills necessary to apply for graduate school, or seek employment. 

Like other classes, the internship begins on the first day class day and extends across the ENTIRE semester until the last class day - look at the academic calendar.

•Beginning/ending class days and final exam schedules are based on the academic calendars for:
     o fall
     o spring 
     o extended summer session 

•During the semester of your internship, you are required to follow the guidelines set by your instructor, your supervisor and the university.

In order to receive internship credit you must:

  • complete a certain number of clock hours that depends on the number of credit hours you need.
    • 9 credit hours if you need 3 general elective credits.
    • 6 credit hours is the departmental requirement.
  • begin your internship on the first day of classes during the semester you intern
  • remain in your internship until the end of the semester.  Increasing the number of clock hours you work per week will NOT satisfy internship requirements. 

Internship Hours

Fall/Spring (15 Weeks)

Credit Hours

Weekly Clock Hours

Total Clock Hours

9

24

360

6

16

240

Summer (11 Weeks)

Credit Hours

Weekly Clock Hours

Total Clock Hours

9

33

360

6

24

240

*When you register for HDFS 5910, you agree to complete these hour requirements and all other required work.

During your internship, you are only allowed to register for a maximum of 15 total course credit hours. This information is on the advisement checklist you signed.

During your internship, as a department, we advise that you DO NOT exceed 40 clock hours per week. For the purposes of this internship, you cannot count hours that exceed 40 hours on your time sheet.

You ultimately create your schedule with your internship supervisor. Please understand that the number of hours per week suggested are averages, so variability is possible and will not necessarily mean that you are present 5 days per week. 

For example, if you are taking classes MWF, then you may choose to complete your internship on T/TH.

Completing hours early does not mean that you can stop attending your internship. You are committed for from the first to the last class day, just like any other course that you register for at the University of Georgia.

For example, a summer internship means that you register for an extended summer session course. This means that you are required to be in your internship the entire time. If you are planning a study abroad experience, please consult your advisor. We do not recommend combining these experiences and international study abroad experiences do not satisfy the internship requirement. Summer family vacations will not be an excused reason to miss your internship.

University set holidays are excused absences IF your supervisor approves it. For example, observing Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and yes - Spring Break. Please remember that every absence from your internship MUST be signed off on by your supervisor!

There are no exceptions. Please plan ahead. If you have a regularly scheduled family vacation, we suggest that you forego it or complete an internship during another semester.

No credit will be given to volunteer or employment experiences performed prior to completion of HDFS 5900 and enrollment in HDFS 5910, which coincides with the first class day of the term in which you are enrolled. 

In HDFS 5900, you will complete an application that specifies your internship responsibilities and explains how you will apply departmental objectives. The application is then used to develop a legal agreement called a Memorandum of Understanding that MUST be in place before you begin the internship. This is NOT just an HDFS Department requirement - it is a UGA requirement.

Yes, but keep in mind your travel and living expenses. The college and department are not responsible for providing financial assistance; the student is responsible for all expenses.

You may be able to receive research internship credit (HDFS 5950) through the London Program, so please ask your advisor for additional information and visit the Applied Research Internship site for additional information to plan for the required prerequisites for that experience.

All other international experiences will not be approved.

The site must allow you to apply HDFS Objectives:

  • Students will integrate and apply theory, research, and ethical practices to the understanding of human development and family processes.
  • Students will demonstrate and disseminate knowledge about social, cognitive, psychological, physiological, and emotional development as it relates to optimal individual and family functioning throughout the lifespan.
  • Students will critically and scientifically identify and evaluate the interconnected systems that impact the changing social environment in which individuals and families are embedded.

Organizations must be certified or licensed by the appropriate accrediting body. Some examples include:

  • A camp setting needs to be accredited by the American Camp Association.
  • A child care center needs to be accredited by the National Association of the Education  of Young Children (NAEYC) or other nationally recognized agency.
  • A therapy setting needs to be accredited by the American Marriage and Family Therapy Association and/or American Psychological Association.

Supervisors must have at least a B.S. Degree and if awarded in the last year, at least 3 years relevant experience in the field, particularly if the degree is not related to in Human Development and Family Science, or other related program areas. This is to ensure that they can provide adequate supervision. A relative MAY NOT supervise your experience.

This department does not prepare you for an educational setting. If you interested in a school district placement, you need to discuss with Dr. Kozak/Dr. George to ensure that it meets the requirements of the department. At this time, placements in the Clarke County School District are not possible.

Medical placements are permissible under certain circumstances, but your past experience and education must be reflected in your responsibilities. Some educational outreach placements may be approved, as well as other opportunities that enable you to interact with specific populations. Internship placements in hospitals are possible.

This internship does not offer you a path to Child Life certification and Child Life Practicum experiences will not count as an internship for your HDFS degree. As an undergraduate, you are not adequately prepared educationally for such an experience. There are placements that provide Child Life like experiences in non-hospital settings.  Internship placements in hospitals for Child Life are not possible.

Yes! Although most counseling internships require graduate-level coursework, there are plenty of local, state, and national placements that offer you opportunities to learn more about counseling and therapy.

No. Since you are receiving a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, with a major in Human Development and Family Science, your internship must provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge you have gained in this department. More specifically, you must be able to apply these departmental objectives during your applied learning experience:

  • Students will integrate and apply theory, research, and ethical practices to the understanding of human development and family processes.
  • Students will demonstrate and disseminate knowledge about social, cognitive, psychological, physiological, and emotional development as it relates to optimal individual and family functioning throughout the lifespan.
  • Students will critically and scientifically identify and evaluate the interconnected systems that impact the changing social environment in which individuals and families are embedded.

Only ONE internship placement per semester is allowed.  The internship is designed to provide a depth of experience within one agency. Additionally, only one internship for course credit will be granted per semester. The course (5910) is repeatable for credit, but you must take 6 credit hours for two consecutive semesters as other denominations of course credit are not possible. 

The department does not seek or provide paid internships.  Students are responsible for all expenses related to the internship.

In some cases, internship placements offer you payment. If this occurs, please discuss with Dr. Kozak/Dr. George. It is important to understand that the need for employment cannot be considered as justification for an internship placement. Remember, as an academic, applied internship, the focus is on learning, not employment. The following things will need to be addressed:

 

  • Internship activities must be separate and substantially different from the intern’s regular duties and work hours. In addition, internship activities should require a level of competence not presently within the intern’s skill base or areas of expertise.
  • The intern is to function as a trainee during internship hours.
  • There must be no ethical conflicts of interest.
  • The employer must be able and willing to recognize the intern as a professional-in-training and to provide him/her with tasks and activities that meet the goals of the internship experience.
  • The boundaries between regular work activity and internship tasks must be clearly spelled out in contractual agreements between the intern, employer, supervisor, and faculty advisor.

These requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  At a minimum, your duties during the internship (5910) must be substantially different from previous or current duties.

You are expected to give priority to your internship. All course work, employment, and social and athletic commitments must not interfere with your internship responsibilities. During your internship, you are only allowed to register for a maximum of 15 total course credit hours. This information is on the advisement checklist you signed.

*During the pre-internship course (HDFS 5900), you will explore schedules so you have a clear expectation of your time commitments.

Departmentally, we will use your Internship Application to develop a Memorandum of Understanding. You will complete a “Release of Authorization” form that allows your instructor(s) to communicate with internship supervisors about you and your experience. It is important that you complete any requirements of the internship or you will be unable to begin the experience. Students are financially responsible for completing all additional requirements that may be asked of them (background check, drug screening, etc.). Your placement may require you to purchase additional insurance, for which you are financially responsible.

Video: HDFS Internship Fair