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Before you graduate, you will be required to spend a semester in a human services organization as an intern with an approved organization which meets a social or economic need.  

Below are some answers to questions to prepare you for your internship (HUSV 4994) experience.


All majors and combined majors with Human Services are required to complete a one-semester internship.


An opportunity for a practical learning experience in a human services organization combined with a concurrent weekly seminar and reading.

Internship Criteria  

  • The internship must provide a professional growth opportunity.
  • The internship must be supervised and the supervisor must complete a final evaluation.
  • The Northeastern Internship Coordinator will do a site visit mid-semester.
  • The internship must be with an organization that meets a social or economic need.


We recommended students who take the course are in their second semester of their junior year or the first semester of their senior year. The planning process for an internship is done the previous semester with the Internship Coordinator.


The human services internship coordinator works with students to identify high-quality internship placements that match students’ interests and career goals.

How is internship different from co-op? The internship is typically unpaid, the internship course (field experience and seminar) counts for one course ((6 SH); students have concurrent reflection; the internship experience emphasizes students’ learning goals.  (Students take this class in conjunction with their other classes that term.  On co-op, students are not in classes.) Students have concurrent reflection and typically take additional courses, and the internship experience emphasizes students’ learning goals.

Internship Meetings

If you are interested in registering for HUSV 4994 for the upcoming semester you are required to submit an application online and meet with the internship coordinator. The internship course is offered in both Fall and Spring semesters.

  1. Students interested in the internship course will have to submit an online application (including an updated resume, transcript, and wishes for a site/internship).   The link will be provided by email to eligable students before registration commences for the upcoming term.
  2. Once the application is turned in.  The internship coordinator will reach out and ask you to set up a meeting with them.  (This must be early on in the semester BEFORE students hope to take the class).
  • During the meeting, we will discuss the internship and seminar expectations and guidelines for identifying an internship. Please note: the student must be a junior in their second semester or a senior to enroll in this course.

Once the student has landed an ‘approved internship’, they will be able to enrolled in the class.

Contact Lisa Worsh with any questions.