Human Service Studies - Internship/Practicum Information

Welcome to the Human Service Studies field placement page.  Whether you are a Human Service Studies minor or major, the field experience is often the most challenging and interesting experience students have during their academic career.  Students are encouraged to use the field experience to broaden interests and apply learned skills.  Field experiences offer a great opportunity to solidify your interests in a particular type of agency or clientele or discover new interests within the human services field.  The following information will guide you through the field placement process and answer many questions you may have.

You are encouraged to keep track of your work documenting your field experience.  Many students have found that personal journals, completed projects, recognitions, etc. can be compiled to form a professional portfolio.  Students have used this information when applying to graduate school and preparing for job interviews.

There are two courses offered that complete the experiential or "field" component of the Human Service Studies curriculum.  As a Human Service Studies minor or major, you are required to take HSS 381.  In addition, all majors are required to take HSS 481.  The course descriptions are described below.


Three weeks of direct practice and observation in a human services organization provide the opportunity for students to apply and conceptualize various aspects of human service delivery using this approach. Student learning will be guided and enhanced through weekly seminars, written assignments, and faculty site visits. Prerequisites: HSS 111, 2.1 cumulative GPA, status as a declared Human Service Studies major or minor, and approval of application for practicum. Offered winter and summer.


This internship in human services provides an opportunity for students to practice the roles, tasks, and skills of human service professionals. Students work full-time in an approved placement in a human services agency that offers experiences consistent with the goals of the human service studies major. Periodic conferences with the teaching faculty member and the agency field supervisor provide students with feedback and mentoring as they gradually assume the responsibilities of professional-level work in the field. Offered fall and spring. Taken concurrently with HSS 482: Capstone Academic Field Seminar.

IMPORTANT:  If you will be doing your internship in a school during Spring semester, you must account for Elon' spring break as well as the school's Spring break.  You will not be able to take off both spring breaks and complete your required hours.  Most likely, you will need to work in the school during Elon's spring break and take off during the school's spring break.

Phil Miller leads the Human Service Studies Field Placement services.  If you have questions or need further info, please contact him via email or via phone at 336-278-6406.

Field Placement Guidelines
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Regulations for Practicum (pdf format)  (Word format)