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EIU Department of Human Services and Community Leadership

Internship in Human Services

(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



Online Application

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

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

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.




Three options for 3 credit hour (completed 120 hours total):


  • 6 weeks (June 15, 2020 - July 25, 2020)  = approximately 20 hours/week
  • 7 weeks (May 13, 2020 - June 30, 2020) = approximately 17 hours/week
  • 8 weeks (June 1, 2020 - July 25, 2020) = approximately 15 hours/week


One option for 6 credit hour (completed 240 hours total):
  • 8 weeks (June 1, 2020 - July 25, 2020) = approximately 30 hours/week
  • HSL 4275 Internship 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 internship 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 "hired" 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.

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.



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

  • They need volunteers or Interns for SP2020.

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. 

pediatric interactions

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. 

DC Health


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.


Related Pages

Contact Information

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

Klehm Hall 2014

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