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General Information

General Criteria for Placement

  • Orientation and training (approximately 10 hours) may be completed upon confirmation of site approval. Approval for extended training must be pre-approved by the HSL Field Placement Office.
  • Placement hours may be completed upon confirmation of placement.
  • Placement with a current or previous employer is generally not permitted; however, students may request being placed with a current employer. Please note: for consideration of your request, all hours and duties must be different than your normal work duties, the duties must advance the student’s skill set and the placement hours must be unpaid.
  • Supervisory meetings between the student, agency site and the university supervisor are required.

How do I apply for Internship and Advanced Internship?

Students must submit an application in Tk20 by below dates.

March 15  | Summer term (offered online only; online tuition rates apply)  and fall semester
October 15 | Spring

Admission Status

The Field Placement Office will notify you by mid-November or early May (as applicable) of your admission status. You will be conditionally admitted or denied.  You must maintain all grade point averages in order to be officially admitted.  Check your Advisement Report now and be proactive in working to rectify any problems.

  • If denied admission, you will be notified via e-mail detailing the reason for denial. If you are ineligible, you will be informed via your admission letter explaining your status. If any deficiency exists, your application will not be considered for the semester for which you have applied.
  • You will receive official confirmation of your placement status and agency assignment from the HSL Field Placement Office via email at the conclusion of the fall or spring semester as applicable (January, June). Note: Sites will complete official documentation as required.

Travel Opportunities

Internship (120 hours)

Approved study abroad trips satisfy requirements for HS-325 (Internship). An application for Internship is still required. The Office of International Education will require a copy of your Internship application along with your travel application materials.

Advanced Internship (280 hours)

Approved study abroad trips may count for 140 hours of the 280 required hours for Advanced Internship. An application for Advanced Internship is still required. The Office of International Education will require a copy of your Advanced Internship Application along with your travel application materials.

Alternate Spring Break trips may count for 40 hours of the 280 required hours. ASB students must notify the HSL Field Placement Office of ASB status to receive credit for the 40 hours. Verification of participation in an ASB trip from the Program Advisor for Volunteerism is required after completion of ASB trip.

Field Placement

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note, you may not begin your internship hours until the affiliation agreement is in place. This is an agreement with your site and the university covering legal matters and responsibilities. The Field Office works with the sites to obtain these agreements.

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Are paid internships allowed?

The Human Services Leadership program, following the recommendations of our advisory board, has deemed that all hours logged toward the Internship and Advanced Internship are unpaid. If an advertised and broadly available “paid internship” which provides human services leadership skill development and experience is offered, the student must submit a request for consideration. Internships may not be designated as “paid” to accommodate a particular placement.

May I complete my field experience at my place of employment?

Students may be allowed to complete Internship or Advanced Internship at their place of employment, however, employment time and tasks must be completely separate from fieldwork time and tasks. The internship must be unpaid. Further, the fieldwork must contribute to the professional development of the student and not replicate current or previous work or projects. A request is required.

Are repeat placements allowed?

Though not recommended as we advise exposure to more than one site, you may submit a field experience request asking for consideration for a repeat site. The Field Office will consider it on a case-by-case basis.

I am an on-campus student, may I complete my placement at a site that is not within the Field Placement Directory?

Advanced Internship students may find a site outside the directory and submit a field placement request to ask for consideration to complete their internship at that site. Internship students are not eligible for a site outside of the directory.

May internships occur in a different semester than the class?

You may not complete your internship hours outside of a sanctioned internship that occurs with the semester of enrollment in Internship (Human Sv 325) or Advanced Internship (Human Sv 420/421/422) and at an approved site which has been confirmed by the Field Office.

Is an early start permitted?

Students may complete up to 10 hours of orientation and training upon receiving confirmation of the placement, prior to the official start of the semester. Field experience requests may be submitted asking for consideration of an earlier start within a month of the start of the semester.

May I finish my field placement early within the semester?

No. The internships are expected to last through the end of the semester.

May I take advanced internship prior to having completed the required courses?

The only course which may be taken concurrently with Advanced Internship is the Leadership and Decision-Making in Non-profit Organizations (Human Sv 440) course. The required core courses of our Human Services Leadership program are designed to provide you with progressive professional development as you work toward your professional career goals.