human development and family studies

Transition Center, 2 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

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HDF 480/481 Senior Internship

HDF 480 is the senior internship for HDF majors. HDF 481, taken concurrently, is the seminar that provides an opportunity for discussion and reflection of the internship experience. Please read all of the information below. Prerequisites:

  • Senior standing (90+ credits)
  • Completion of all HDF core courses
  • Completion of two early field courses

Internship information sessions The department holds HDF 480 and HDF 481 information sessions each semester.  For students interested in Fall internships, sessions are held the first week in March.  For students interested in Spring or Summer internships, sessions are held the first week in November. Sessions are held on both Kingston and Providence campuses.

Registration Form Deadlines

  • For Fall semester internships: May 12
  • For Spring semester internship: December 20
  • For Summer session internship: May 12

Registration form After you have chosen your site, complete the registration paperwork and submit it to the address below. After your registration form is approved, you will be notified by email and receive a permission number to enroll in HDF 480/1. As part of the registration form, learning goals, intern’s duties and responsibilities, and the daily work schedule will be developed by the student in conjunction with the agency site supervisor. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the agency site supervisor receives a copy of the approved registration form.

Submission of internship registration form to internship faculty instructor: Send completed registration form, with agency site supervisor’s signature to:

HDF Department Office
Attn: HDF 480/ HDF 481
University of Rhode Island/ Transition Center
2 Lower College Road
Kingston, RI 02881

Securing an internship Students secure their own internship, which occurs prior to registering for HDF 480 and HDF 481. The internship may be paid or unpaid, however a paid internship must be different than current paid employment. An internship will have different job responsibilities, hours, and supervisor than current paid employment, even if it is at the same agency. (Note: students who have three years of professional experience may choose to document their experience through prior learning assessment and receive credit for HDF 480). Suggestions for finding an internship include:

  • Searching RhodyNet (URI’s online database of internship, service and job opportunities)
  • Speaking with your academic advisor and professors
  • Searching local human service agencies via internet and other media

Requirements of site supervisor and agency

  • Agency must be located in Rhode Island.
  • Site supervisor must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
  • The site supervisor or the agency may not be related to you or your family.
  • The agency will assess whether or not you have the necessary background, seriousness of purpose, and overall maturity to successfully complete an internship at the agency. It may be helpful to research the agency prior to your interview.


Credits, Hours, Semesters

HDF 480 Internship hours for variable credit

6 credits 208 hours total 16 hours per week for 13 weeks
7 credits 243 hours total 18.6 hours per week for 13 weeks
8 credits 277 hours total 21.3 hours per week for 13 weeks
9 credits 312 hours total 24 hours per week for 13 weeks
10 credits 347 hours total 26.6 hours per week for 13 weeks
11 credits 381 hours total 29.3 hours per week for 13 weeks
12 credits 416 hours total 32 hours per week for 13 weeks
Plus 1 credit for HDF 481 the internship seminar

Agency site supervisor will:HDF 481 Seminar Students are required to attend and participate in all HDF 481 seminars. Grades are based on attendance, participation, and fulfillment of written assignments. Expectations for Student Intern, Agency Site Supervisor, and Internship Faculty Instructor To achieve the goal of a significant and meaningful professional experience, the student intern, the agency site supervisor, and the internship faculty instructor signify their agreement with the following guidelines by signing the internship registration form. Student intern will:

  • Complete the contracted number of hours during the academic term.
  • Fulfill or exceed the required fieldwork and academic components of the internship as outlined in the internship registration form.
  • Follow procedures, policies and regulations of the sponsoring organization in an ethical and responsible manner.
  • Attend and participate in the HDF 481 Seminar and complete written requirements as outlined in the syllabus.
  • Evaluate the student’s work and progress as an intern fairly and continuously in relation to the learning goals written on the internship registration form.
  • Provide feedback to the intern regarding progress and meet with intern regularly.
  • Give the student meaningful duties and responsibilities that are in the best interest of the student’s educational and professional goals.
  • Complete evaluation(s) of the student’s performance.
  • Meet with the student’s internship faculty advisor as needed.
  • Assist students with the parts of the internship registration form (for example the learning goals or agency description).
  • Provide the intern with a clear description of his/her assigned responsibilities during the semester.
  • Designate a qualified agency staff member to serve as a site supervisor.
  • Provide the intern with a meaningful orientation to the agency’s services, organizational and operating practices.
  • Provide the intern with opportunities to become significantly involved in agency activities consistent with the goals outlined in the learning goals.
  • Provide periodic work planning and review sessions for the intern and the agency site supervisor to assess progress and plan for continued learning.
  • Complete an evaluation(s) of the intern’s performance.

Internship faculty instructor will:

  • Meet with the student intern on a regularly scheduled basis in a seminar setting (HDF 481) to discuss theoretical and practical aspects of the internship.
  • Meet with the student’s agency site supervisor as needed.
  • Assist students in clarifying goals, planning and offering guidance as needed throughout the internship process.
  • Identify and approve potential internship sites.
  • Following department policy, approve the registration form.
  • Conduct seminar (HDF 481)
  • Monitor and supervise progress toward learning goals.
  • Assign a satisfactory or unsatisfactory grade for the internship (HDF 480) and a letter grade for the seminar (HDF 481).

Enrollment in HDF 480 and HDF 481 Enrollment is contingent upon completion and approval of the registration form, with the signature of the agency site supervisor. Upon approval, permission numbers for HDF 480 and HDF 481 will be e-mailed by the internship faculty instructor allowing the student to enroll for internship credit.

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