Opportunities for Undergraduates

Internships (HDEV 395 and HDEV 495)

In addition to the required practicum, students may also work directly with an individual faculty member in an internship experience, which is a learning experience that allows a student to integrate academic learning in the University with "real world" activities within a given career path. The objectives set by interns will involve, in a broad sense, the application of academic theories and concepts to their work experience and a critical analysis of their findings. Since internships are not requirements for graduation, there is no pre-structured program. Students interested in exploring internships should begin with the internship library found in the Peer Advising Office, UDC-413. The library and internship binders house a variety of information about possible sites for undergraduate students.

The student is required to design the internship and define its objectives in conjunction with a field supervisor, and submit the resulting proposal to a faculty sponsor for approval. It is up to the student to contact the faculty sponsor. This person may be your faculty adviser or another faculty member who will sponsor and grade the internship. Students completing an internship for four credits are required to work 10-12 hours per week at the internship site and complete additional assignments as required by the faculty sponsor. Internships may be taken for one to four credits.

To qualify for an internship, all of the following criteria must be met:

  • the student must be matriculated in CCPA
  • the internship must be related to the student's career goals
  • the student should have sufficient background to undertake the internship and learn from the experience
  • the internship must be unpaid; credit will not be granted for a paid work experience
  • the internship must be performed in an established business, agency or other appropriate organization
  • the internship site must not be owned in whole or in part by any of the student's relatives.

Note that Human Development majors are restricted to a total of eight (8) credit-hours in internship and independent study courses toward their degree (courses number 395, 397, 495 and 497).

If it is your first internship, you will register for HDEV 395, and if it is your second internship, you will register for HDEV 495. You cannot register online for HDEV 395 or HDEV 495. Registration must be completed in the Department of Human Development Department Office, UDC-407. Internships are graded on a pass/fail basis only.

Students are responsible for locating their internship site. A directory of sites and contact persons is available in the Peer Advising Office. Where Do HD Students Find a Site? for additional suggestions.

To apply for an internship, the student must submit a completed Internship Cover Sheet and an acceptable proposal to a faculty member with experience related to the area in which the internship will be performed. Preparation of the proposal requires thought and consideration, so planning should begin well before the registration period for the semester in which the internship will be performed.

Students should discuss the duties and responsibilities of the internship with their site supervisor and outline their duties in writing. The written outline will become part of the internship proposal which students should then submit to their faculty sponsor for approval. A student can register for an internship only after the proposal has been approved by the field supervisor and the faculty sponsor.

Note that students must obtain approval and signatures from both the site supervisor and their faculty sponsor. The HDEV 395/495 Internship Guidelines can be downloaded here: HDEV internship guidelines (.pdf, 66 kb). The signed internship cover sheet (.pdf, 21.8 kb) and a copy of the internship proposal must be returned to the department office when registering for HDEV 395/495.

Registration for internships must be done in the Department of Human Development Office, UDC-409. Students cannot register online for HDEV 395 or HDEV 495.

Undergraduate four-credit internship proposals should be filed no later than the middle of the second week of class. Undergraduate internships for less than four credits have a later add deadline. Check the department office at 607-777-2841 for exact dates. No proposals will be considered after the deadline for adding courses has passed.

A copy of the student's cover sheet and proposal will be placed in the student's academic file.

Internships are graded pass/fail and are typically three or four credits. One credit represents 45 hours of student work per semester. Those hours can include actual work on site, academic study or research and on-site or off-site preparation.

Faculty Sponsors

A faculty sponsor can be any full- or part-time faculty currently appointed in the Department of Human Development. He or she is responsible for serving as the on-campus coordinator and supervisor of the internship. As such, he or she must approve the internship proposal, maintain contact with the field supervisor to insure the proposal is properly implemented and submit the final grade to the Registrar's Office.

The faculty sponsor will be available for regular contact with the student during the internship, will submit a mid-semester evaluation form to assess student progress and may follow up with a phone call to the field supervisor.

Field Supervisors

The field supervisor is the person who will serve as the direct supervisor of the student during the internship. He or she is responsible for providing a mid-semester evaluation and a final evaluation on the student's activities to the faculty sponsor for use in grading the student.

The Proposal

The Internship Cover Sheet must be accompanied by a typed proposal which addresses the following:

  • What are the learning objectives for the internship specific to the student's educational goals statement and plan of study?
  • What is the student's academic/experiential preparation for undertaking the internship?
  • What activities will be undertaken during the internship and how will they be supervised?
  • What is the written component of the internship to be? (As a general guideline, written work may include a journal reflective of the day-to-day experience, plus a paper of 10-12 pages indicating how, or whether, the student's academic work illuminates practice and vice versa.)

Where do HD Students Find a Site?

Lots of places! Students have done practica and internships in local human service agencies, schools, health-care settings, businesses, government offices, criminal justice settings and Binghamton University offices. See the Peer Advisers in UDC-413 for a list of recent internship placements and contact names and numbers. You can also check out a number of placement possibilities online.

Human Service Agencies

Health Related Organizations

Local Schools

Other Education Settings

Local Government

Criminal Justice Agencies

Last Updated: 10/17/13