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Education and Human Services

Interested in providing meaning and support to others or helping them learn and flourish? Do you desire a challenging work environment where your work directly impacts others?

Majors & Minors Related to this Community

  • Art
  • Anthropology/Sociology
  • Elementary Education
  • English, American, and Comparative Literature
  • Health Promotion Studies
  • Health Education
  • History
  • Music Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Professional Writing
  • Psychology

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Sample Classes to Learn the Basics

  • ART 102 - Art Appreciation  
  • ED 206 - Introduction to Education  
  • ENG 104 - Intro to Nonfiction  
  • HIS 100 – Introduction to History 
  • HPX 100 - Health Promotion and Maintenance 
  • MED 206 – Intro to Music Education  
  • PSY 100 - Intro to Psychology  
  • SOC 100 – Intro to Sociology  
  • SPA 162 - Introductory Spanish I  
  • SW 200 - Soc Work & Social Welfare Services  

*Check with your academic adviser to ensure successful and timely completion of your college degree

Community Support For Your Professional Journey

Katherine Roe                            Elementary Education Program and edTPA Coordinator, Assistant Professor

Specialty: Literacy, Special Education, Classroom Technology, Differentiated Instruction

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Daniel Barrett,                                 Chair and Professor, Department of Psychology

Specialty: Social Psychology

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Brian Clements, PHD                Writing Department Professor and the Department Chair

Specialty: Creative and Professional Writing

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Debra Manente,                        Associate Director of CSC

Specialty: SPS and VPA Liaison

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Related Majors and Minors and What You Can Do With Them

Art

The areas of concentration are Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, and Studio Arts, comprised of Painting and Sculpture. All areas of emphasis share a common two-year foundation program leading into the technical specializations of the final two years. Explore Art Opportunities

Anthropology/Sociology 

Sociology is a social science that analyzes human interactions, so students in this major study individuals, groups, communities, organizations, cultures and societies. Explore Anthropology/Sociology Opportunities

Elementary Education 

A program that prepares individuals to teach students in the elementary grades, which may include kindergarten through grade eight, depending on the school system or state regulations. Explore Elementary Education Opportunities

English, American, and Comparative Literature 

A literature major involves reading and analyzing works of literature. This means discussing texts and understanding their historical, cultural and literary significance. Explore Literature  Opportunities 

Health Promotion Studies 

The discipline of health promotion and education, also called wellness studies, aspires to educate communities in the skills needed to maintain personal health. Explore Health Promotion Studies Opportunities 

History

A program that focuses on the general study and interpretation of the past, including the gathering, recording, synthesizing and criticizing of evidence and theories about past events.. Explore History Opportunities

Music Education

Music education is a field of practice, in which educators are trained for careers as elementary or secondary music teachers, school or music conservatory ensemble directors. Explore Music Opportunities

Secondary Education 

A program that prepares individuals to teach students in the secondary grades, which may include grades seven through twelve, depending on the school system or state regulations. Explore Secondary Education Opportunities

Social Sciences 

Social sciences are a group of academic disciplines that focus on how individuals behave within society. Explore Social Science Opportunities

Social Work 

Social work is an academic discipline and practice-based profession that concerns itself with individuals, families, groups, communities and society as a whole in an effort to meet basic needs and enhance social functioning, self-determination, collective responsibility, and overall well-being. Explore Social Work Opportunities

Spanish 

Major programs in the bachelor of arts degree in Spanish, and education programs in elementary or secondary education with a concentration in Spanish, offer students a curriculum that is balanced between the study of language, cultures, and literary traditions from Spain and Latin America. Explore Spanish Opportunities

Professional Writing 

This major prepares students for careers in a variety of writing fields, including technical and scientific communication, business communication, editing and publishing, journalism, and public relations. Explore Professional Writing Opportunities

Psychology 

A psychology major examines the science of human behavior and mental processes. This includes the study of the mind, the brain, and human and animal social interactions. Explore Psychology Opportunities

 

See Your Future In These Opportunities

Technology, Environmental and Physical Sciences

Instruct at coding camps and classes

Teach underprivileged children the basic sciences

Assist in scientific studies and student research

 

Financial, Business and Consulting Services

Teach business techniques at a University

Consult families struggling financially

Head a language learning program for underprivileged children

 

Media, Arts, Marketing & Entertainment

Teach the arts to students of any age

Integrate marketing into a human services organization

Direct communications for a health services organization

 

 

Government, Public Policy, Law and Non-Profits

Instruct and train military cadets

Counsel and provide psychological care for veterans

Work on campaigns to improve the quality of the education system

Healthcare and Wellness

Teach the arts to students of any age

Integrate marketing into a human services organization

Direct communications for a health services organization

 

Stretch your imagination, define the edge and envision your future! Intersecting your Education and Human Services talent and skills with these other industries can provide new and exciting opportunities:

Technology, Environmental and Physical Sciences

Instruct at coding camps and classes

Teach underprivileged children the basic sciences

Assist in scientific studies and student research

 

Financial, Business and Consulting Services

Teach business techniques at a University

Consult families struggling financially

Head a language learning program for underprivileged children

 

Media, Arts, Marketing & Entertainment

Teach the arts to students of any age

Integrate marketing into a human services organization

Direct communications for a health services organization

 

 

Government, Public Policy, Law and Non-Profits

Instruct and train military cadets

Counsel and provide psychological care for veterans

Work on campaigns to improve the quality of the education system

Healthcare and Wellness

Teach the arts to students of any age

Integrate marketing into a human services organization

Direct communications for a health services organization

 

 

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BEST PRACTICE #10: HOLD NEW-HIRE PANELS.

New-hire panels are one of the best ways to showcase an organization to interns as a great place to work. These are panels of five or six people who were hired as new grads within the last three years. They act as panelists in a meeting of interns, giving a brief summary of their background and then answering questions from the intern audience. Your interns get insight about your organization from your new hires—people who they perceive are like themselves and who they consequently view as credible sources of information.

In these meetings, I’ve found that the interns consistently bring up the same topics: Why did you choose this employer over others? What was your first year like? How is being a full-time employee here different from being an intern? Do you recommend getting a graduate degree? In the same field, or an M.B.A.? Is it better to go straight to graduate school after the bachelor’s or better to work a while?

It’s also fairly consistent that the new hires will offer other types of advice to your interns, such as how to handle finances those first couple of years out of school. (Their typical advice: Don’t run right out and buy a new car, and, Start contributing the maximum to your savings plan as soon as you are allowed.)

College relations staff should attend these sessions, but should remain unobtrusive, staying in the back of the room so as not to stifle the conversation. By being there, you stay aware of what is on the minds of your target group, and you can answer any detailed questions that may come up, such as those related to benefits.

BEST PRACTICE #11: BRING IN SPEAKERS FROM YOUR COMPANY’S EXECUTIVE RANKS.

One of the greatest advantages to students in having internships is the access they get to accomplished professionals in their field. Consequently, speakers from the executive ranks are very popular with students—it’s a great career development and role modeling experience for interns. Having a CEO speak is especially impressive. Best scenario: Your CEO speaker is personable, willing to answer questions, and willing and able to spend a little informal time with the students after speaking—your interns will be quite impressed.

For you, having your executives speak to interns is another way to “sell” your organization to the interns, and get your executives invested in (and supporting) your program.

BEST PRACTICE #12: OFFER TRAINING/ENCOURAGE OUTSIDE CLASSES.

Providing students with access to in-house training—both in work-skills-related areas, such as a computer language, and in general skills areas, such as time management—is a tangible way to show students you are interested in their development.

You may also want to consider providing interns with information about nearby community colleges: Many students will be interested in attending during their work term to take care of some electives and/or get a little ahead with the hours they need to graduate. If you have the budget, you may also want to consider paying the tuition for courses they take while working for you, but, as is the case with housing, any assistance you can provide—even if it’s just providing them with information about local schools—will earn you points with students.

BEST PRACTICE #13: CONDUCT FOCUS GROUPS/SURVEYS.

Conducting focus groups and feedback surveys with these representatives of your target group is a great way to see your organization as the students see it. Focus groups in particular can yield information about what your competitors are doing that students find appealing.

BEST PRACTICE #14: SHOWCASE INTERN WORK THROUGH PRESENTATIONS/EXPO.

Students work very hard at completing their work and are generally proud of their accomplishments. Setting up a venue for them to do presentations (formal presentations or in a fair-type setting such as an expo) not only allows them to demonstrate their achievements, but also showcases the internship program to all employees.

BEST PRACTICE #15: CONDUCT EXIT INTERVIEWS.

Whether face-to-face or over the telephone, a real-time exit interview done by a member of the college relations team is an excellent way to gather feedback on the student’s experience and to assess their interest in coming back. Having the students fill out an exit survey and bring it to the interview gives some structure to the conversation.

BEST PRACTICE #2: HOLD ORIENTATIONS FOR ALL INVOLVED

It’s important that everyone “be on the same page,” so to speak. Make this happen by holding an orientation session for managers and mentors as well as a session for students. Orientations ensure that everyone starts with the same expectations and role definitions. This is time well spent—the effort you put into these sessions will pay off throughout the program.

BEST PRACTICE #3: PROVIDE INTERNS WITH A HANDBOOK AND/OR WEBSITE.

Whether in paper booklet format, or presented as a special section on your website, a handbook serves as a guide for students, answering frequently asked questions and communicating the “rules” in a warm and welcoming way.

A separate intern website serves many of the purposes of the handbook, but has the advantage of being easy to change. You can use your website as a communication tool, with announcements from the college relations staff or even articles of interest written by the interns themselves.

BEST PRACTICE #4: PROVIDE HOUSING AND RELOCATION ASSISTANCE.

Few employers can afford to provide fully paid housing for interns, but you’ll find that you get a lot of appreciation if you offer any kind of assistance toward housing expenses. If that’s not possible, provide assistance in locating affordable housing: For those relocating to the job site, the prospect of finding affordable, short-term housing can be daunting. Easy availability of affordable housing will make your opportunity more attractive to students, broadening your pool of candidates.

If you can pay for all or some of your interns’ housing, be sure to design (and stick to) a clear policy detailing who is eligible. This will eliminate any perceptions of unequal treatment. In addition, be aware that employer-paid or employer-subsidized housing is considered a taxable benefit. Check with your internal tax department on exceptions to this.

You will also want to consider the issue of relocation, which is separate although related to housing. Many organizations pay some or all of their interns’ relocation expenses to and/or from the job site.

BEST PRACTICE #5: OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS.

Pairing a scholarship with your internship is a great way to recruit for your internship program—and this is especially true if you are having difficulty attracting a particular type of student or student with a specific skill set to your program. Attaching a scholarship can increase your pool of candidates with the desired qualifications.

BEST PRACTICE #6: OFFER FLEX-TIME AND/OR OTHER UNUSUAL WORK ARRANGEMENTS

Students mention flex-time as one of their most-desired features in a job. (A flexible time schedule during their internship eases their transition to the workplace.)

If you think about how students spend the day on campus (varied schedule each day, with varied activities such as work, class, social time), you can understand that 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday is a bit of an adjustment for them. A flexible schedule can make them feel less chained in by an unchanging routine.

Other work arrangements that have been found successful with students include keeping them on as part-time, remote employees after they go back to school (depending on the type of work they do for you and whether they have a willing manager), and having them come back and work over school breaks for a couple of weeks. These are excellent ways to keep communications open and build a stronger bond.

BEST PRACTICE #7: HAVE AN INTERN MANAGER.

Having a dedicated manager for your intern program is the best way to ensure that it runs smoothly and stays focused on your criteria for success. Unfortunately, the size and resources available to most internship programs mean that this isn’t always possible. If your program isn’t big enough to warrant a dedicated full-time staff member, an excellent short-term solution is to hire a graduate student (look for a student working toward an advanced HR degree) to be your intern, and put this college relations intern in charge of the daily operation of the internship program. This gives the interns a “go-to” person, and gives you and your staff a break from the many daily tasks involved in running a program of any size. For this to work, you have to plan the program structure in advance (don’t expect your intern to do it), and be very accessible to your college relations intern

BEST PRACTICE #8: ENCOURAGE TEAM INVOLVEMENT

Involve your college recruiting teams—whether they are “volunteers” who participate in college recruiting, staff members dedicated to college recruiting, or some combination of both—in your intern program. They can sponsor social or professional development events, and help to orient the interns to your company culture. In my experience, college team members served as cooks at intern picnics, hosts at speaker events, and drivers for social outings such as ball games.

BEST PRACTICE #9: INVITE CAREER CENTER STAFF AND FACULTY TO VISIT INTERNS ON SITE.

Although some programs—especially those that are very structured on the university side—make visits by career center staff and faculty a regular practice, most do not. In general, career center staff and faculty members have relatively few opportunities to visit employer work sites to see firsthand the types of experiences that their students are getting. By inviting them to your site, you will build a better working relationship with these groups, which can lead to more student referrals, enhanced campus visibility, and increased flexibility on their parts when your business needs dictate it.

BEST PRACTICE #1: PROVIDE INTERNS WITH REAL WORK ASSIGNMENTS.

Providing interns with real work is number one to ensuring your program’s success. Interns should be doing work related to their major, that is challenging, that is recognized by the organization as valuable, and that fills the entire work term.

You can guarantee that hiring managers provide real work assignments by checking job descriptions, emphasizing the importance of real work assignments during a manager/mentor orientation sessions, and communicating with interns frequently throughout the work term to determine who they perceive what they are doing.

 

Don't try to change what can't be changed...you can REFRAME!

(HINT, you have to work with, not change, gravity)

 

 

Consider your views on the world

Reflect on what work is and what it means to you

What dysfunctional thoughts can be reframed?

What's the life challenge/opportunity we want to solve and/or learn more about?

 

Take some personal assessments 

Evaluate your current work/play/love/health

Open up meaningful discussions with your family and friends

 

 

 

 

Create some future Life Sketches; do real brainstorming and think up lots and lots and lots of ideas

More = Better

 

 

Narrow your testing options, build some ideas, select some ideas, and plan the quick/cheap/easy prototype

Ask a lot of questions

 

 

Get into some real work, try stuff, reflect on what works for you and refine your next steps to designing a better life

 

 

 

 

Keep moving forwarding and just do stuff. ​
Turn your ideas into action.  ​
The Career Success Center has lots of ​custom ideas for you. ​

 

 

Ask lots of questions, ​research your options, ​be active in class, ​follow interesting organizations​ and people​

 

 

 

Life and the career process ​is not just one or two things-​it is a process.

Turn bumps in the road ​into learning opportunities. ​

 

 

You live, eat, work, study with others, ​so they all are a part of your life. ​
They have lots of ideas, experience, and contacts, and ​should be a part of your life design​

 

 

 

Learn different ways to look ​at things to get unstuck​

 

 

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