All human development students are required to complete two semesters of field placements, one on-campus internship, the other at an off-campus site in conjunction with their capstone course. These internships provide opportunities to explore different areas of potential interest; develop strong leadership, communication, and teamwork skills; make connections for their futures, and become proficient in research.

Students can search for internship opportunities through Career Services.  To register for your Internship, you need to fill out an Experiential Applications, which can be found on the EXCEL website. Search internships by HDV.

Human development students have served in a wide variety of community placements relevant to their personal interests and individual career goals, including:

Search and Apply for an Internship/Co-op

Your own experience means your unique process! Utilize a variety of resources when seeking guidance to find an Internship or Co-op.

Consider making a virtual appointment with an EXCEL Staff member (like our Internship Coordinator) or a Career Coach in Career Services for guidance as you begin to search and apply. Faculty in your department are also great connections!

Using tools like hireOz by Handshake (SUNY Oswego's Internship, and job platform) or CareerShift will help you get going! You can personalize your search criteria to match your major, location, and interests. 

  • public schools
  • nursing homes
  • teen pregnancy programs
  • physical therapy practice
  • mental health facilities
  • daycare and preschool programs
  • summer camps and recreational facilities

  • Department of Social Services
  • Head Start and Even Start
  • District Attorney
  • Liberty Partnership
  • YMCA
  • Salvation Army
  • domestic violence shelters

International opportunities

Our students have studied and interned around the globe while earning their degree, including such diverse places as Australia, Japan, Korea, UK, New Zealand, and Italy.

Travel Courses offered by Human Development faculty

Current Opportunities

Past Trips

Dr. Mamta Saxena traveled to India with students to experience the culture and history of India - GLS 402 Practicum in International Development- Adopt a Village: A Visit to India.

Saxena ~ India