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Human Services Internship Application

Applicant Qualifications

  • Senior status at Old Dominion University
  • Successful completion of all course work (prior to beginning of internship) which includes general education, minor/cluster, HMSV, and elective courses.
  • GPA in HMSV major of 2.0 or better
  • GPA overall of 2.0 or better
  • Grade of C or better in HMSV 339, 341,343W, 344, 346, and 368 (Note: a C- is not acceptable)

Application Deadline

Application deadlines for internship are as follows:

January 15 for a fall internship in the same year.
May 15 for a spring internship during the following year.
September 15 for a summer internship during the following year.

These application deadlines are strictly adhered to and late applications will be considered for later semesters only.

Mandatory Orientation

Once your application is received you will get a confirmation email with specific information for a mandatory orientation. Failure to attend this orientation will disqualify you from completing your internship when requested. The information is sent far enough in advance that there should be no extenuating circumstance that would preclude you from attending the orientation.

The Human Services (HMSV) Internship is a 12-credit course designed as the culminating experience of the Human Services Program and completed during one semester at the end of the student's undergraduate studies, after the completion of all course work. The major goal is the application and practice of human services in a setting related to the career goals of the student. It is in the internship that human services students are given actual practice in implementing the human service professional's role in a supervised setting. This experience is viewed as the focal point for the integration and synthesis of prior didactic and laboratory experiences.

The internship is a 400 hour practical experience, with at least 100 of those hours being direct client service hours. Because of the amount of hours required to complete the internship and the number of projects to be completed, no courses are allowed to be taken concurrently with internship. The HMSV program realizes that many of its students work either part-time or full-time and may have family and other responsibilities. Therefore, it is important to plan ahead to determine when you will be completing your internship so you can make necessary accommodations to successfully complete internship when scheduled.

Students are responsible for selecting and finalizing their own internship sites. Appropriate placements include group homes, homeless shelters, crisis centers, day programs for individuals with Alzheimer's, mental retardation, mental illness, or other conditions that warrant specific programs, social service agencies, community services boards, probation and parole, and other support service-related agencies. School placements within a classroom setting are considered educational rather than human service internship sites and will not be approved.

Students should be completely familiar with the contents of the internship handbook before contacting an agency to act as his/her internship site. Agency personnel often want to know internship requirements, such as projects and number of hours, prior to agreeing to have an intern student. Being prepared and able to answer the agency's questions will reflect more positively on your capability, organization skills, and competence to better assure you of finalizing a placement.

To discuss a possible internship site or if you have any questions, contact the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Kathleen Levingston, at klevings@odu.edu. For additional, more detailed information on the internship, its requirements, and the process, access the appropriate internship handbook (TTN or main campus and the semester in which you will be completing internship).

Each agency must assign a site supervisor to provide the intern student with consistent guidance, support and supervision. In accordance with ODU policies, the site supervisor must have at least a master's degree or a bachelor's degree and 10+ years experience in the field of human services. The site supervisor meets with the intern at least once a week, reviews and signs off on all projects and log sheets to ensure confidentiality of client information, and completes a midterm and final evaluation on the intern. Additional information on a site supervisor's responsibilities can be found in the site supervisor handbook.

For TELETECHNET students, a Site Adjunct Instructor (SAI) is assigned to act in the same capacity as the course instructor for main campus students. The SAI must approve a TTN student's internship site, meet regularly with the student during the internship semester, review and grade projects, complete a midterm and final evaluation on the student, and submit a final grade. Additional information on the SAI responsibilities can be found in the SAI Handbook.

Effective April 13th, 2011, students are no longer permitted to Video Stream internship regardless of reason.