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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. Please review our spring volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community. Students are able to better understand their interests and talents through these experiences.

  • Community
    • Reading Across America Session I: Program meets July 5-July 28 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9-11:30 a.m. Students work in a small ability group with a teacher helped by a K-State aid. Enrollment is through teacher recommendation. The program is only for students who have just completed K, 1, 2, or 3. Contact Marianne Cullers at rcullers1@cox.net or 785-539-6736. 
    • Math Around Manhattan Session II: Program meets on Wednesday only: July 6, 13, 20 and 27. 9-11:30 a.m. Enrollment is through teacher recommendations. Students work on individual work sheets, games, and projects (on their levels) to help improve their math skills. Hopefully, each student will have his/her own tutor or will share a tutor with two other students. The program is only for students who have just completed K, 1, 2, or 3. Contact Marianne Cullers at rcullers1@cox.net or 785-539-6736.
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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). Check this site frequently for updated information on available internships.

New Internship Opportunities

Military Extension Internship Program (Develop professional skills in childcare and youth development through practical work experience with military children, youth, and families) Contact: Jessica Wandless, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Internship Coordinator, at jwandles@purdue.edu

- Nonprofit Connect Contact: Jackie Baker, jbaker@npconnect.org  


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 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: