Since careers within Human Development (HD) can include any type of work associated with a condition effecting a person’s quality of life, it is important to offer fieldwork experiences for HD majors in multiple arenas. Under the auspices of “Community Engagement”, the HD department offers a variety of opportunities to explore potential careers.
A number of HD courses require students to select a site from the Cal State S4 database, in which to volunteer during the semester they are taking a particular course. Course discussions are derived from these fieldwork experiences. Service learning required volunteer hours in a course may vary between 15-30 hours, depending on the course requirements. These service learning hours are often students’ first hands on experiences within an area of personal interest as a potential career.
This opportunity is for HD juniors considering a career in education. Collaborating with the College of Education, this experience provides research opportunities for HD juniors who are interested in designing, implementing, and studying learning experiences for elementary and middle school children and their families using both low and high tech tools. The goal of the project is to understand how children develop design thinking, systems thinking, and computational thinking skills through playing and creating games.
Part of the culmination of the HD program is taking HD 495: Field Experience in Human
Development. The course is normally taken during one’s senior year. As part of the
course, students are required to do a minimum of 90 hours of field experience at an
approved site listed on the Community Engagement listing of approved agencies by visit
the Cal State S4 Database. Orientations for the HD495 course are mandatory to be taken a semester prior to the beginning of the course (normally a week or two before priority registration). This allows for time for the
student to complete any interviews or health and background checks, which are often
required by many field sites (especially those working with vulnerable populations,
such as, children and patients). Both face-to-face and online course orientations are available, depending on individual student’s preferences. HD internships are
normally voluntary. You can contact the instructor or HD internship coordinator for
more information. The required field experience for HD495 provides an opportunity
for students to experience the day-to-day requirements of a possible career choice
in the field of Human Development. Some sites even hire their previous interns!
In order to meet the needs of HD students, the department has established the following four options for experiencing an HD internship:
For more information on HD fieldwork, please contact the Human Development Internship
Dr. Kathy Fuller