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The Internship Experience

The Internship Experience is a requirement for any FSHD student with a concentration in Family Services orGerontology.
More detailed information, including HOW to enroll in FSHD 409, Internship, plus required documents, deadlines, and course related announcements, are available in our Canvas Community “FSHD Family
Services- Gerontology.”  In addition, the Canvas Community site holds our database for a comprehensive Site Directory of more than 120 approved Internship sites.

Students will be invited to join our Canvas Community once they have declared their FSHD major with concentrations in Family Services or Gerontology. Students must accept the invitation to be fully enrolled in the community site.

NOTE: f you have already declared your FSHD major with one of these concentrations, and do not yet have an invitation to join the Canvas Community, please contact the FSHD Department immediately.

General Information

The FSHD Internship Experience is a 9 credit course requirement for all FSHD students concentrating in Family Services or Gerontology and is typically completed during the last semester of the students’ Senior year
(i.e. the semester of graduation). This Internship course combines both on-site and academic components (outlined below), and the intern is responsible for successful completion of both in order to receive full credit.

On-Site Component

  • Students must complete at least 300 hours working at their chosen Internship site.
  • Students are responsible for finding/securing their own Internship Site, much like a regular job search.
  • Site approval is based on the Department Site criteria found on our Canvas site.

Academic Component

FSHD 409 (Internship) is also a 9 credit course designed to monitor and supplement your on-site work. In addition to coursework assigned by your professor, final grades for this class are determined by your on-site
performance and ability to meet the 300-hour requirement.

One way to think of the 9 credits of FSHD 409 as 6 credits of fieldwork and 3 credits of complementary course work.


  • The Site Directory:  Containing more than 100 sites that have worked with our Interns in the past, the Directory is available through our Canvas Community – FCST Internship Experience.
  • The Annual FSHD Internship Fair:  Held during the fall semester each year, the Fair provides an excellent opportunity for students to create connections face-to-face, often securing Internships on the spot.  Dates announced yearly.