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HDF 480/481: Field Experience & Seminar

Participating in an internship is a great way to put classroom learning into practical experience. While engaged in the supportive environment of an internship you can test career goals, enhance professional skills, develop self-reliance, self-esteem, and responsibility. Furthermore, internships encourage networking with professionals and will provide increased marketability for employment after graduation. Below are two options for earning internship credits.

HDF 480/481 is the capstone course for HDF majors. ITR 302/304 may substitute for HDF 480/481 in extenuating circumstances. Meet with your academic advisor to plan your internship.

HDF 480/481: Field Experience & Seminar


  • Minimum 90 credits prior to internship
  • Permission of instructor


  • Senior field experience in community agencies; seminar with group discussions and related academic assignments
  • HDF 480 (field experience) 6-12 credits (S/U Only)
  • HDF 481 (seminar) 1 credit
  • Registration form due April 25 or December 5 the semester preceding the internship


ITR 302/304: Field Experience & Seminar


  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Minimum 60 credits prior to internship
  • Available free elective credit
  • Good academic and social standing


  • Earn between 6 and 15 free elective credits
  • ITR 302 (field experience) 3-12 credits (S/U Only)
  • ITR 304 (seminar) 3 credits (Graded)
  • Seminar offered online and in class (in class -spring only)


Explore Past Internship Opportunities

The following list is a sample of placements in which students have participated for experiential credits. This list is not exhaustive.

Rhode Island Internships

  • Bradley Hospital
  • Bristol/Warren School Department
  • Cranston Public Schools
  • Easter Seals of Rhode Island
  • Newport Hospital
  • RI Board of Governors for Higher Education
  • Rhode Island Hospital
  • Rhode Island Kids Count
  • Save the Bay
  • South Kingstown Cares
  • URI W. Alton Jones Campus
  • West Kingston Elementary School
  • Alphabet Soup
  • Child & Family
  • Children’s Friend & Service
  • Hazard School
  • Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence
  • City Year
  • Community Care Services
  • Kindercare Learning Center
  • Norman Bird Sanctuary
  • Plan USA
  • The Groden Center
  • The YMCA of Greater Providence
  • The ARC of Blackstone Valley
  • The College Crusade of RI
  • Early Intervention
  • Education Exchange

Out-Of-State Internships

  • Choate Rosemary Hall Summer Programs
  • Coastal Studies for Girls
  • Magnet School Public #120
  • Southern NH Speech-Language & Reading
  • Services, LLC
  • Trinity Risk, LLC
  • Stonington Human Services

Sources: HDF website Agency Listings, End-of-year-report pages 34-37: Internship Placements from Fall 2010, Spring 2011, & Summer 2011, and Explore Internship Opportunities by Major Archives 2009-2011 

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