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.
Junior Teaching Collaboration
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 HD 495: Field Experience in Human Development. During this course, students are required to volunteer a minimum of 90 hours at a pre-determined site listed on the Cal State S4 database. Orientations for the 495 course and the simultaneous fieldwork experience are required for all interns to attend a semester prior to the beginning of the course and internship experience. This provides time for the intern to complete any interviews or health and background checks which are required by their selected sites. Both face to face and online orientations are available, depending on individual student’s preferences. HD internships are voluntary and are an opportunity for interns to experience the day to day requirements of a possible career choice. 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