Internships and service-learning are fieldwork experiences that bring theory and classroom learning to life.
All students majoring in family and human services are required to complete the service-learning course, FMST 387 Community Services for Families, and one internship course, FMST 397 Internship in Family and Human Services.
Students in the human services track and the leadership in the nonprofit sector track also complete a second internship course, FMST 497 Advanced Internship in Family Studies and Community Development.
Students enrolled in FMST 387 are placed in groups of four or five which work at community agencys designated by their professor. The group spends 30 – 60 hours on-site completing one or two projects assigned by the site supervisor. In addition, students learn new skills and theories in the classroom.
Internships are individual learning experiences. Each FMST 397 student is required to work at his/her internship site for at least 120 hours, while also completing classroom requirements. FMST 497 students spend 240 hours at their sites and complete classroom work.
Students must fulfill certain requirements prior to enrolling in FMST 387. Additionally, students must complete FMST 387 prior to enrolling in FMST 397.
While there is some variation, a typical pattern for students is to complete FMST 387 during the spring semester of their junior year or fall semester of their senior year and FMST 397 in the semester immediately following FMST 387.
Student enrolled in FMST 387 are assigned to a site by their professor. The site may serve youth, the elderly, families, or entire communities.
Students choose their internship sites from a list of over 80 approved internship placement sites list. They also serve a variety of populations.
During fieldwork experiences, students can establish relationships with mentors, become
acquainted with workplace culture, and gain exposure to populations they may not have
previously considered. The most important benefit of fieldwork for our students is
the opportunity it provides to integrate classroom knowledge with real-world experiences.
FMST 387: Community Services for Families
"My service-learning site was at Soccer Without Borders in Baltimore, Maryland. I was an academic coach tutoring middle school students who are refugees or immigrants from many different countries around the world. I was able to connect a lot of aspects of it back to what we had learned in class. For example, in one class we talked about cultural competency and how the clients we work with as human service professionals may come from different backgrounds, but it is important to understand and respect their culture. Working with children from many different parts of the world, I was able to connect with each of them in different ways."
Internship Requirements and Approval Process (PDF)
Advanced Internship Requirements and Approval Process (PDF)
Fieldwork Policies (PDF)
Criminal Background Check/Drug Screen Student Rights and Responsibilities (PDF)
Criminal Background Check/Drug Screen Policies and Procedures (PDF)
Internship Handbook (PDF)