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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.


Online Application


Dues dates for the internship 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 contact Dr. Bowers at for information.



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

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Contact Information

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

Klehm Hall 2014

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