can I do an internship?
Where do I do my internships?
How many hours do I have to do?
Are there prerequisites?
What kinds of things will I be doing?
What kind of supervision will I receive?
What happens during site visits?
Are there papers and tests?
What about readings?
What happens in the Internship Seminar?
Who grades me?
How do I apply?
Is there an interview?
can I do an internship?
There are two internships in the program, and they are done
starting in the spring of the junior year. Students have the
option to do the first internship in the fall of the senior
year instead and transfer students may need to wait until
fall of the senior year. The second internship can be done
in any semester after the first is completed.
do I do my internships?
There are literally hundreds of placements available in the
Greater Hartford area. You will work with an advisor to find
a placement that suits your needs. The Human Services Internship
Data Base is a good place to start. You can search the data
base and get some basic information on the agencies. More
detailed information can be accessed once your application
many hours do I have to do?
The first internship, which is 3 credits, requires 115 hours
for the semester. That works out to about 10 hours a week,
assuming you begin on time and end a little before exams.
The second internship is 225 hours, or about 20 hours a week.
Both internships also have an on-campus seminar that is required
and it meets for 75 minutes each week.
To do the beginning internship you must have completed the
following courses or their equivalents:
Introduction to Education and Human Services
EDH 120 Psychology of Exceptionalities
EDP 132 Human Development
And at least one of the following (two is preferable):
EDG 330 Group Functions in Human Services
EDG 331 Helping Skills
EDG 332 Appraisal and Evaluation
EDG 333 People in Systems
kinds of things will I be doing?
After you get oriented to the agency, you will have a conference
with your site supervisor and university instructor. You will
talk about your learning goals and the activities available
at the agency to meet them. You will take on more responsibility
as you and your supervisor feel you are ready.
kind of supervision will I receive?
You will have a supervisor at the site who will spend at least
one hour each week with you. It will be a quiet time, away
from the hustle and bustle of the agency, and it is a time
for you to ask questions and get feedback. You will also have
a university instructor who will lead the seminar, read your
journals, and visit you at the site.
happens during site visits?
During the first visit, your university instructor will want
to tour the agency if s/he has never been there, and then
to meet with you and your supervisor. At this meetings you
will all discuss your progress so far and make sure everyone
understands and agrees to your learning goals. During the
second visit your instructor will want to see you “in
action” if that is possible, and to meet with you and
your supervisor to review your progress.
there papers and tests?
No tests, but yes, there are papers. You will be keeping a
journal and writing in it every week, combining open reflection
with some structured assignments. In addition, you will be
asked to complete a profile of a client and/or a community.
You will have the same book for both internships, although
you will focus on different parts of it. The book is called
The Successful Internship. You may very well have additional
readings assigned to you by your site supervisor.
happens in the Internship Seminar?
During the seminar you will be discussing situations and issues
of concern to the group of interns. You will be learning how
to offer support and peer supervision. You will also have
a chance to discuss the ideas in the book and ask whatever
questions you have.
Your site supervisor fills out a mid semester and final evaluation.
Both of these documents are available on this web site in
the documents section. Your grade is given by your university
instructor and is a combination of your performance at your
site, your participation in the seminar, and your written
do I apply?
You can fill out an application on this site and send it in.
You will then be notified of your acceptance or of any problems.
there an interview?
After your application is accepted, you can search the data
base for ideas, and you will meet with an advisor to discuss
your placement. Together, you will generate three or four
possible sites and then you are responsible for contacting
them, seeing whether they need an intern, and arranging an
interview. At the conclusion of all your interviews, you and
the sites will make your selections.