Internship

Your internship lets you bridge the gap between school and the work world.

Apply classroom theory and learning to your future career field.

Internship requirements: non-child life option

For any internship in the child development, youth development or family studies track:

  • Enroll in CFD 466.
  • For six credit hours of CFD 466, you’re required to complete 300 clock hours at your internship site.

Tips for success

  • Pick how much time you want to have at your internship each week. Consider splitting your hours evenly throughout the semester. For example: An 18-week internship would require 16-to-17 hours per week.
  • Depending on your site, you may schedule the hours in a way that suits you and your supervisor.
  • Your internship coordinator can work with you to design the kind of experience you want.

Internship requirements: child life option

For internships in the child life track:

  • Enroll in CFD 466.
  • Need more upper-level hours? Or, need to maintain full-time student status? You can take up to six credit hours of CFD 499. Contact the child life emphasis internship coordinator for approval to enroll in CFD 499.

Tip for success

Most child life internships require 500-to-600 placement hours. This means you’d be at your internship about 35-to-40 hours per week in a semester.

Internship benefits

  • New knowledge and insight into your interest area.
  • Work with pros who will act as your mentors.
  • Discover and develop your strengths.
  • Preview your career path and have a better idea of your goals.