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.

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 and 482. The course descriptions are listed 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. 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.

Practicum is offered on campus during winter term, utilizing local placements. In addition, the HSS Department frequently offers an international option during winter term.  Practicum is also offered first session summer as an on-line class, allowing students to utilize a distant placement.


The internship 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.

Monica Burney leads the Human Service Studies Field Placement services. If you have questions or need further info, please contact her via email mburney@elon.edu or via phone at (336) 278-6406.