Family Studies and Human Development Internships

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Meet your Experiential Learning Coordinator!

Cassandra Ott-Kocon
Experiential Learning Coordinator
Norton School of Human Ecology

Office: McClelland Park, Room 203J

Every FSHD major needs to complete at least one "Applied Skills" Requirement. This includes an internship/practicum, research/independent study, or preceptorship. Review the Applied Skills Advising Presentation to learn more!

Finding an Internship

Plan ahead! Start your internship search at least 2-3 months before your desired start date. Here are tips for starting your search:

Step #1: Explore Opportunities

  • Explore our up-to-date list of internship announcements for current opportunities!
  • Or start your own search by using the list of common FSHD internships - research organizations online and start reaching out to places you are interested in connecting with about possible internship opportunities.
  • Connect with Cassandra Ott-Kocon, Norton School Experiential Learning Coordinator, to start talking about your interests and identifying opportunities
  • Connect with the CALS Career Center
  • View the UA Career Development information and search internships on Handshake
  • Regularly attend UA career and internship panels organized by FSHD Student Services, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and other UArizona offices like Student Engagement and Career Development. 
  • Work your network – talk to friends, professors, and acquaintances. Consider talking to UA Alumni through the Bear Down Network. Set up informational interviews with alumni or contacts in industries and attend career fairs

Step #2: Make Contact with Potential Sites

  • Once you have identified sites that sound interesting to you, start reaching out to those organization to introduce yourself and inquire about opportunities.  You can connect with the volunteer coordinator, internship coordinator, or program director. Many organizations have online forms that you can complete to express interest in getting involved.
  • Prepare a resume, cover letter, and online presence: LinkedIn, Handshake. (Get help from the UAarizona Student Engagement & Career Development).
  • Remember: An ongoing job may not be used for internship credit unless distinct work and supervision are present. Students can be paid for an internship (and are encouraged to seek out paid opportunities), but an internship typically may not be undertaken in the same organization in which a student is regularly employed; the internship must be in a different department under a different supervisor doing work that is clearly differentiated from regular duties.

Step #3: Once you have found an internship site, complete the required workplan with your supervisor and turn the completed workplan in to Cassandra Ott-Kocon for enrollment.

  • Complete the Internship Workplan for Fall or Spring semester experiences. Internships in the Fall/Spring are available only to FSHD majors.
  • Complete the Practicum Workplan for Summer experiences. Practicums in the summer are open to FSHD major and FSHD minors.
  • Required Hours: 135 hours = 3 units, 180 hours = 4 units, 225 hours = 5 units, 270 hours = 6 units. It is important that you register for the correct number of internship units, based on the total hours you will complete at your internship site. Students will not be able to adjust their registered number of internship units at the end of the semester

Experiencing an Internship

  • An internship is typically 3 units, requiring a minimum of 135 hours of work which is typically 9 to 10 hours per week in Fall semester or Spring semester. Summer session hours may be worked between mid-May through early August.
  • Hours must be worked within the semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer) for which the student is receiving credit.
  • Once you are enrolled in an internship, you will have access to a D2L course page so that you can communicate regularly with your site supervisor and internship coordinator. The FSHD internship course will require regular reflections, monthly class check-ins, and a final presentation.

Information for Community Partners/Internship Sites

  • If an organization is interested in hosting an FSHD student as an intern, more information about the internship requirements, including guidelines for community partners and internship supervisors, can be found here:
  • Community Partner Handbook
  • Sample Student Evaluation Form - to be completed by site supervisor as part of the internship