Gain Experience

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate research and teaching assistantships are available. Research opportunities are updated every semester, 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.



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).


The College of Health and Human Sciences' 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

HDFSA (Human Development and Family Science Association)

Students benefit from membership to both professional and campus organizations. We encourage all HDFS students to consider joining the HDFS Association on campus. The goal is to unite students interested in HDFS and provide leadership opportunities, resources, and service to the community and the university. Topics covered in our monthly meetings include gaining experience through internships and volunteering, minors and secondary majors, what to do with a career in HDFS, education abroad, and much more. We also serve the Manhattan community with one service project each month. This year we will be serving many different areas of the community; from young children, to the elderly, to those who need a warm meal. If there is a specific topic you want guidance on, let us know and we’ll do our best to help you out.

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: