Setting up your Human Services internship in HDFS is a 4-step process:

1. Gather information and choose your internship site
2. Complete the Intent-to-Place Agreement
3. Work with your site to complete the Learning Plan
4. Register for the course and BEGIN your internship


 

1. Gather information and choose your internship site

 

Selecting a site for your field education experience

The Internship Coordinator’s Office has gathered information from the local and regional sites on these lists, and spent years building relationships with their managers and staff in order to ensure compatibility with our learning objectives and program requirements.

Students are strongly encouraged, though not required, to choose a field education site from this list.

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Getting a new site approved

Want to do your internship at a site not on our list?  Students are permitted to make arrangements to do an internship with an agency or organization not on our approved site list, however you must be even more organized and begin the process earlier, to allow time for the Instructor/Internship Coordinator to make contact with the site, review their materials, and ensure compliance with our program. The first step to getting a new site approved is to reach out to that site by phone and find out if they would be willing to work with you as a student. If they are willing, then you or a staff person at the site should email the HDFS internship coordinator by the following deadlines below to begin the approval process.

 

Deadlines for New, Not-Yet-Approved Sites
To serve your internship in: You, or your prospective site, must email the HDFS Instructor/Internship Coordinator by these dates ONE TERM PRIOR:
Fall 5 p.m. Friday Week 3, Spring term
Winter 5 p.m. Friday Week 3, Summer (main session)
Spring 5 p.m. Friday Week 3, Fall term
Summer 5 p.m. Friday Week 3, Winter term

 

2. Complete the Intent-to-Place Agreement

The Intent-to-Place Agreement represents the formal agreement between the student and their chosen site to work together for the practicum or internship. The completed agreement should be scanned and emailed to Dr. Lori McGraw at lori.mcgraw@oregonstate.edu once both the student and Field Mentor have committed to the placement and thoroughly read and signed this document.

This Intent-to-Place Agreement serves as a placeholder for your place in the corresponding seminar class for the term of your practicum/internship and begins the process of negotiating your Learning Plan.

 

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Intent-to-place agreement deadlines
To serve your internship in: Your intent-to-place agreement is due by these dates the term prior to the term of your practicum/internship:
Fall 5 p.m. Friday Week 7, Summer (main session)
Winter 5 p.m. Friday Week 7, Fall term
Spring 5 p.m. Friday Week 7, Winter term
Summer 5 p.m. Friday Week 7, Spring term

 

3. Work with your site to complete the Learning Plan & Evaluation Tool.

Students applying for an approved site should begin working with their site to complete the Learning Plan & Evaluation Tool as early as possible, right after or at the same time that you submit the Intent-to-Place Agreement.

NOTE: The Learning Plan will not be accepted if the student has not submitted the Intent-to-Place Agreement by the prior deadline (as above).

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This document requires careful consideration and adequate time for consultation with your Field Mentor to complete. This form asks you and your Field Mentor to give in-depth thought to how the learning activities available to you as a student at the site will align with the required learning outcomes of our program.

Completed examples

Refer to these completed Learning Plan & Evaluation Tool forms.

 

Completed form due by:

5 p.m. Friday of Week Nine the term prior to your internship.

 

This form must be fully and thoroughly completed, signed by you and your Field Mentor, and submitted by the deadline in order to move forward with completing your field work.

Early submissions are welcome and appreciated!

The HDFS Instructor/Internship Coordinator will review your Learning Plan in detail and respond to you with any required revisions. You will have from the time of receipt until 5 p.m. Friday of Week Ten to make the necessary revisions and re-submit your document. By the end of Week Eleven you will hear back as to the status of your submission and receive an override to enroll in the appropriate field education course for the upcoming term

 

Term of placement LEARNING PLAN DEADLINE
(early submissions welcome!)
Required Revisions Due Students Notified & Enrollment Overrides Sent by Coordinator
Winter Friday 5pm of WK9, prior Fall term Friday 5pm of WK10, three weeks later Friday 5pm of WK11
Spring Friday 5pm of WK9, prior Winter term
Summer Friday 5pm of WK9, prior Spring term
Fall Friday 5pm of WK9, prior Summer term (main session)

 

4. Register for the course and BEGIN your practicum/internship.

Once your Learning Plan & Evaluation Tool has been approved by the HDFS Internship Coordinator’s Office, you will be issued a registration over ride through the Registrar's Office that enables you to enroll for the HDFS 310 or 410 course.