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School of Family Studies and Human Services

Gain Experience

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate research and teaching assistantships are available. Research opportunities will be updated on a regular basis, but we also encourage students to speak with their advisor or professors about opportunities for both research and assistantships. Students can receive academic credit for these endeavors. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Service on our campus, in our community and throughout our country and world is an important component to the overall experience of our students. We strive to connect HDFS students with opportunities that fit their interests and will provide them with the valuable experiences they need to grow as individuals and professionals. Students are able to better understand their interests and talents through these experiences. Below are a variety of volunteer agencies we work with from every scale of community service.


HandsOn Kansas State logoHandsOn Kansas State: Days of Service:HandsOn is a student volunteer organization that promotes civic learning and leadership through meaningful volunteer and service opportunities between campus and community. They organize specific Days of Service for people to volunteer at, as well as listing local volunteer opportunities that people are encouraged to participate in. This is an especially great fit for anyone interested in a minor in Leadership Studies.

Kansas Reading Roadmap logoKansas Reading Roadmap: Volunteers needed Monday-Thursday, 3:50-4:50 PM. Marlatt Elementary works with the Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan to provide young children a small after-school group setting to work on their reading skills. Volunteers are always needed to help guide the small groups during the school year. For more information, email the Kansas Reading Roadmap Coordinator, Morgan Koenig, at morgank@bgclubmanhattan.com.

Head Start logoHead Start: Manhattan-Ogden USD 383: If you’re interested in helping young children from low-income families, contact Andrew Hutchinson, the program director for the Manhattan-Ogden Head Start program at andyh@usd383.org regarding volunteer and internship opportunities.


Cats' Cupboard logoCats Cupboard: K-State's food pantry is a collaborative effort among students, faculty, staff, and the community to provide food security for our students. If you are interested in volunteering to help the Cupboard spread awareness or run a food drive, contact Erin Bishop at catscupboard@ksu.edu or 785-532-0366.


Americorps logoAmeriCorps - City Year: City Year is a branch of the AmeriCorps that works to bridge the gap between the support students actually need and what schools are designed to provide. Volunteers work in under-resourced schools across 28 cities to identify students who are at risk of not graduating on time with their peers. As with the PeaceCorps, volunteers sign up for a one-year term and are compensated with a living stipend, living expenses, and unique scholarship opportunities. To learn more, you can read their introductory sheet (pdf), see their video presentation, or contact their Regional Recruitment Manager, Aaron Griffith, at agriffith@cityyear.org.


Education Abroad logoServe Abroad: K-State's Education Abroad program offers a variety of paths for you to volunteer internationally, not just attend classes. Gain hands-on experience, learn a new language, and soak up a new culture, all while serving a community in need. Nervous about going to an unfamiliar country? You can join one of the International Teams and work with a group of other K-State students over summer break.


Students who complete at least one internship during their undergraduate career can give themselves a competitive advantage, both when applying for professional positions and when applying to graduate school.

This document contains past internship sites of our students (pdf).

Find new internship and volunteer opportunities in our weekly newsletter!

MentorshipsProfessional Mentoring logo

The College of Human Ecology's Professional Mentoring program is available to all juniors and seniors in good academic standing. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn from successful and experienced professionals in the human services field.

HDFS Related Organizations

Students benefit from membership to both professional and campus organizations. We encourage all HDFS students to consider joining the HDFS Association on campus. The purpose of this organization is to unite students interested in HDFS and provide leadership opportunities, resources and service to the community and the university. Come to any of our meetings (pdf) to learn more about joining.

There are also many professional organizations that will provide students with up-to-date information in the broad field of human services or within a specific professional field. Some of these include: