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As a part of the human services curriculum, all students are required to complete comprehensive field experience. This may consist of a HUSV-related co-op plus other forms of experiential learning or participation in the internship program. The Human Services program is committed to assure that students have a robust portfolio of experiential education opportunities upon graduation.

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

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. The internship program requires both a field and reflection component.  Students can expect to meet a minimum of three times over the course of the semester with other students enrolled in the program. Students have concurrent reflection and typically take additional courses, and the internship experience emphasizes students’ learning goals. During the placement, students will have regular supervision.

Internship Process

If you are interested in registering for HUSV 4994 for the upcoming Fall semester you are required to submit an application online and meet with the internship coordinator. 

Whether a student is requesting a waiver with course credit replacement or applying to internship program the process must be completed when a student has 64 credits OR their spring semester of their third year, whichever is later.

The direct links will be emailed to eligible students before registration commences for the upcoming term but can be sent to students by request earlier.

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

An opportunity for a practical learning experience in a human services organization combined with a concurrent seminar and reading. The internship cohort can expect to in person a minimum of three times over the semester.

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 course instructor will meet with the internship site mid-semester. The internship must be with an organization that meets a social or economic need. The internship supervisor meets regularly with the intern. The internship is 150 hours, or roughly 12 hours a week, over the semester.

We recommend students take the course in the Fall before a student intends to graduate. 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.

  1. Students interested in the internship course will submit an online application (including an updated resume, transcript, and goals for a site/internship).   The link will be emailed to eligible 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’, the restriction will be lifted and they will be able to enroll in the class.

Contact Natalia Stone with any questions.