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Human Services Internship



  • The Human Services (HMSV) Internship is a 12-credit course designed as the culminating experience of the Human Services Program.
  • No courses are allowed to be taken concurrently with internship.
  • Internship is a 400 hour practical experience, with at least 100 of those hours being direct client service hours.
  • Students applying for the Human Services internship must meet all of the conditions outlined below in order to qualify for internship:
    • 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. (REMINDER - you must have 120 credit hours to graduate in which Internship will be your last 12 credits)
    • GPA in HMSV major of 2.0 or better and overall GPA overall of 2.0 or better
    • Grade of C or better in HMSV 339, 341, 343W, and 368 (Note: a C- is not acceptable)
  • During the semester before your scheduled internship, you will receive a link for an online internship orientation. Please note - the following paperwork will be due no later than 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the internship experience semester. These documents can be found under the Forms link below. Students who do not meet the deadline for submission of the forms will not be allowed to begin their internship and will need to reapply for a subsequent semester, following all application deadlines.
    • Internship Agreement Form
    • Supervisor Qualification Form
  • Please note that students with a prior felony conviction are strongly encouraged to select a different major as most agencies require background checks and those with a criminal record may not be able to complete an internship or find employment in the human services field post-graduation.


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; and
September 15 for a summer internship during the following year.

These application deadlines are strictly adhered to - NO EXCEPTIONS.


Students are responsible for selecting and finalizing their own internship sites. A directory of potential agencies is given above. 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.


For additional, more detailed information on the internship, its requirements, and the process, access the appropriate internship handbooks.


All other additional internship forms, class assignments, evaluations, and important links can be found on the link above.

If you have any questions, contact the Internship Coordinator, KC Joachim, at kjoachim@odu.edu.