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EIU Department of Human Services and Community Leadership


Internship in Human Services Program Administration

(Formerly FCS Family Services)

HSL 4275 Internship is an individually-planned work experience in a business or agency appropriate to the chosen area of academic specialization. 

The objectives of the internship are to 1) simulate a job search as you identify and secure an internship site appropriate to your professional goals, 2) provide a relevant professional experience equivalent to an entry-level position, and 3) allow for professional self-reflection.

In order to apply for HSL 4275 Internship you must have:

  1. completed either HSL 4200 or FCS 3500  with a C or better,
  2. be in good academic standing
  3. submit internship application by the due date (see below), and
  4. obtain approval from the Internship Coordinator and Human Services Department Chair

This pre-professional experience gives you the opportunity to put to practical use the knowledge and skills acquired as a student.  It is expected that you will gain an understanding of the philosophy, organization, and “inner workings” of your site and become familiar with the roles, responsibilities, and limitations within your field of study.


Internship Coordinator: Dr. Jill Bowers, // Klehm Hall 1048 // 217-581-6354 // 217-549-2835


 Online Application

Dues dates for the undergraduate practicum application (all paperwork will be submitted online):

  • December 1st for Spring Internship
  • April 20th for Summer Internship
  • August 1st for Fall Internship

Upon approval of the internship application, you will be administratively added to the course. If you are not enrolled in HSL 4275 by the end of finals week the semester before you will complete your internship, contact Dr. Bowers at for information.


  • HSL 4275 is like a college class. You will begin the internship at your site on the start date of the section you chose and end the last date of the semester. There is a syllabus and several assignments for HSL 4275 throughout the semester. You will need to check your emails after being enrolled in the course every 24 hours.
  • To be enrolled, you submit your application here (on this page). Once approved, Dr. Bowers will make sure that you get registered, but removing any financial holds are your responsibility. In other words, you will not register yourself as you do other classes, but you MUST submit the application and have it approved by the deadlines each semester.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application. If you submit it early and it's rejected for whatever reason, you can revise and resubmit it. However, if you submit it on the day that it's due and it's rejected, you will need to wait until semester to apply.
  • You must have your internship, a site supervisor, and an experiential learning activity planned BEFORE submitting your application. It's just as if you were applying and interviewing for a job. You submit the application here after you've been approved as an intern.
  • Your site supervisor cannot be your current boss or supervisor for your paid work (though you can accepted paid internships). Your site supervisor must also not be a relative or, your internship cannot be at a facility that is your family or friend's business. Your site supervisor must be authorized by the company/organization to serve in this role. And, they must complete an internship agreement form before you start, as well as your mid-term and final evaluations as failure to comply could result in you not passing the class.
  • Any international student who wishes to enroll in an internship, hours must work in tandem with the Office of International Students and Scholars. Current international students doing internships must be approved for Curriculum Practical Training (CPT). Students doing practicums after graduation must have Optional Practical Training (OPT). Without such approval, a student's immigration status can be lost.

Current Internship, Job, and Volunteer Opportunities

DCFS, After reading through the information, on their website, you can apply online or contact
Audrey D. Reischauer, MSW Associate Director of Academic Partnerships, DCFS Office of Learning & Professional Development by email ( phone (217-782-3182).



Illinois Coalition for Community Services/Teen Reach, Contact Program Manager, Claude Magee at

  • Need volunteers and interns for after school program (Currently needs volunteer staff, as well as volunteers to present on topics such as bullying for elementary and middle school students and confidence and coping for high school students). Contact Claude if you are interested.
  • Occasionally hires tutors ($15/hour) for after school program (contact Claude to check for availability).








Mattoon YMCA
, Contact Youth and Community Senior Program Director, Kayla Kerner at They are currently looking for interns.

  • Need volunteers for the STEM literacy program and interns for the youth programming at the YMCA.



LifeLinks in Mattoon, IL. To provide support and education for individuals and family, to improve recovery, to reduce the chances of relapse, and to set goals for the future. For more information, please contact

Generation 2 Generation. Contact volunteer coordinator, Jo Ellen Hickenbottom ( or Director, Bill Duey (

  • They need volunteers or Interns for SP2020. 


AmeriCorp VISTAs! VISTAs will focus youth developemnt through Stem programming. 

  • Approximate weekly gross wage - $235*
  • End of service stipend options including:

             Education award or cash stipend

Contact volunteer coordinator, Jo Ellen Hickenbottom ( or Director, Bill Duey (


CCAR Industries is taking interns and may have job openings for undergraduates or grads. See their website or contact Michael Finney, Director of Human Resources for more information.



Graduate students - Pediatric Interactions, Inc. is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. They have facilities in the Grayslake and McHenry areas in Illinois. Students will be interviewed between February 1 -- March 1, 2020. 

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Behavioral Perspective Inc. Join our team and make a difference in the life of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Contact Joy Henderson at or 217-737-1833 or visit to apply

Full-time benefits include:

Paid Holidays and birthday

Paid Time Off

Medical Insurance

Professional development

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Allendale Association. Interested in helping children, adolescents and familes? Contact James Walleck at or 847.245.6142 to be part of the great team.

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Urbana Park District. 2020 Summer Camp Positions at the Anita Purves Nature Center. Visit for all open position descriptions and to apply.

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Crosspoint Human Services. Crosspoint Human Services has openings for the following:

Care Coordinator-Shelter          Care Coordinator

Mental Health Therapist           School Based Mental Therapist

Supervisor II-Recovery Services

Interested people should contact Sheryl L. Baumeister at 217.442.3200 Ext 133 or email You can also send resume/application Crosspoint Human Services, Attn: Human Resources, 210 Avenue C, Danville, IL,61832. OR apply online at 

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Central East Alcoholism and Drug Council. Employment and internship opportunities at CEAD Council. If you are interested in hearing more about open positions, please contact Judy Brown, Program Director at 217-348-8108 or send a letter of interest and resume to CEAD Council, 635 Division, Charleston, IL.61920, OR



Mercy Home in Chicago. Summer Internship at Mercy Home in Chicago. This is a residential home that serves at-risk youth. Intern will gain valuable experience with youth while supporting the academic enrichment, career preparation and post-secondary exposure programs for junior high and high school students.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by April 15 to Katie Keller Smith at

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The Douglas County Health Department is currently looking for interns for their summer food programs in Douglas and Edgar counties. Email Amanda Minor ( and copy Summer Phillips ( for more information. 

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Camp New Hope. Volunteers opportunities are plentiful at Camp New Hope. If interested in volunteering contact Cam New Hope at 217-895-2341  or You can also contact Terri Cum (Program Director) at                                                                                                                                                                                                                            camp new hope                                                                                                                                                                             

YouthWorks Summer Positions. Are you interested in being part of a dynamic ministry experience that set you up for the future or build a relationship that inspire and challenge you to grow? Then contact the recruiting team at or 877.249.9904 or 612.729.5444

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Touch of Nature Environmental Center. Now hiring Summer camp staff. Benefit include:

  • On-site housing        Stipend at $275 per week       Education and Adventure

Attach resume and cover letter to Cassandra Roy at


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Disney Career Internship Program. Students who participate in this internship have access to many different benefits that come with living around the Disney parks, housing at apartment complexes (equipped with pool and a game room, as well as mental health and relationship support programs). Students also have access to a student center where they can focus their course work. Rent is take from students checks. Disney is also flexible in creating schedules for students who need to work around EIU classes if needed. Interns are provided with uniforms and laundry access, and they receive free transportation to their worksites, shopping sites, the beach, and other local tourist attractions. Interns also receive discounts on lodging, merchandise, and food, including free access and guest passes to any of the Disney parks and waterparks in their area. While working with Disney, student interns are treated as employees, so opportunities also exist for position advancements and pay increases, and some have reported working with celebrities.

The program is competitive, yet students can apply through, and contact Dr. Mikki Sherwood for questions and guidance. Dr. Sherwood can be reached at or by calling (217) 581-6374.



Lutheran Social Services of Illinois is looking for interns for the summer in Southern Illinois. LSSI frequently hires their interns for Child Welfare Specialist positions after a successful completion of internship. If you are interested or would like more information please e-mail, Evelyn Mancilla at 


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Contact Information

Dr. M. Sherwood, Chairperson
Department of Human Services and Community Leadership

Klehm Hall 2014

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