As an undergraduate, you can get hands-on experience beyond the classroom through domestic or international study programs, internships, research or service-learning. This type of study, called experiential learning, gives you the edge over competitors when you apply for a job or pursue graduate school.
Internships within our department are required and provide you with the opportunity to apply the course work in a wide variety of community settings that serve individuals and families.
Service-learning is the application of academic skills and knowledge to address a community need, issue, or problem and to enhance student learning. Currently, our department offers the following courses that enable students to work in their community.
HDFS 3700S: Adolescence and Young Adult Survey
HDFS 4830S/6830S: Death, Dying, and Bereavement Across the Lifespan
HDFS 4880S/6880S Family Life Education Methodology
HDFS 5130S/7130S: Therapeutic Benefits of Play
HDFS 5150S/7150S: Families, Schools, and Communities
Visit FACS Study Away to learn more about opportunities through domestic or international study programs.*Please note that education abroad opportunities may meet our departmental research internship requirements (HDFS 5950), but they will not meet the applied internship requirements (HDFS 5910).
Do you need financial support?
There are experiential learning funding opportunities, so please review the EL website for guidelines and due dates!