The Human Services Fieldwork experience provides students with opportunities to integrate theory and practice. Student placements are in approved human services agencies: alcohol and substance abuse services, services for older adults and physically challenged people, and/or child and families, schools, family courts, adult and juvenile probation, hospitals, group homes and community agencies.
Students are required to complete two semesters of supervised field experience during their course of study:
Associate Internship (HUS2305 and HUS2405)=
125 clock hours each semester, total 250 hours
Baccalaureate Internship (HUS4701 and HUS4801)=
200 clock hours each semester, total 400 hours.
At the associate degree level, students are provided with academic and professional preparation, job readiness and resume writing skills. They are also helped to develop a professional portfolio. In the associate degree program, students have the opportunity to receive Credit by Examination for prior experience in fieldwork (HS 305). The baccalaureate-level internship involves professionally supervised work experience carried out in human services agency.
Weekly seminars assess student growth, explore student concerns and professional practice issues. The development of responsible and appropriate problem-solving techniques is emphasized. Students must complete all professional internship placement documentation, complete a placement interview and attend the professional internship orientation prior to enrolling in Internship courses. Policies and procedures are stated in the Professional Internship Performance Standard Manual.
Students graduating with a degree in human services are prepared to become members of a profession that works with individuals to assist them with learning how to problem solve. Students learn how to utilize an eclectic approach that blends various theoretical approaches to problem-solving, helping individuals to attain their highest levels of functioning.
Classes are held during the day, in the evening and on Saturday, offering scheduling flexibility.
Internships are an important component of the degree and certificate programs. Students are placed in such agencies and organizations as:
Below you will find the Human Services Field Practicum Manual and required internship documents: