Online Education

Distance Field Placement Process

Welcome to the HDFS Distance Internship Program!!

Internship is an important part of your undergraduate experience and a critical opportunity in your professional development. The experience and skills you gain as an HDFS intern will lay the foundation for your career. In order to secure an internship, you must determine your eligibility and then go through the placement process. Before you begin the process, please make sure that you have met the criteria listed below:

Step 1: To apply to participate in the HDFS Internship process, students must begin the process well in advance of the semester they wish to participate in the internship (approximately four months in advance). Please see the schedule below to ensure that you are within the appropriate window for the semester you wish to participate.

Semester desired to participate in internshipHDFS Distance Internship Placement Application
Must be submitted by:
Spring 2019September 6, 2018
Summer 2019February 9, 2019
Fall 2019April 26, 2019
Spring 2020September 6, 2019
Summer 2020February 7, 2020

*Applications will be reviewed three times a year. All students who have submitted an application will be contacted approximately one week after the due date. You do not need to resubmit your application unless your internship situation has changed.

Step 2: Next, students must ensure that they meet the necessary requirements to participate in internship. If you can answer YES to all four of the statements below you are eligible to participate in the HDFS internship.

[   ] You must be an HDFS student currently working towards a degree at CSU.

[   ] You must be a Junior or Senior during your internship term.

[   ] You must have completed at least 90 credit hours by the time you start internship.

[   ] You must have successfully completed HDFS 277.

Step 3: You will need to decide if you are going to complete a Local or Distance internship:

[   ] "Local" students live within 30 miles of the CSU campus during the semester of their internship. Local students will follow the local internship placement process as indicated on the HDFS website and announcements in the RamCT Advising Portal. "Local" students go through a different placement process than "distance" students. If you are a "local" student, please click on the website for guidelines for local students at Practicum / Internship for local students

[   ] "Distance" students live beyond 30 miles of the CSU campus during the semester of their internship. Distance students will need to follow specific instructions for establishing an internship site. If you are a "distance" student, you will need to follow the guidelines below.

Step 4: For "distance" students who meet the eligibility criteria above – congratulations! You are eligible to submit the HDFS Distance Internship Placement Application. This application will enter you into the placement process. Once you are admitted into the placement process, you will be invited to complete the remaining steps within the online Canvas Platform. You will be emailed instructions regarding how to access Canvas and what is next in the process. To be considered for the HDFS Distance Internship placement process – please fill out the form at HDFS Distance Internship Placement Application

Please note that the internship placement is not a guaranteed process. Students who register for HDFS 477 and miss any necessary steps or deadlines, including communicating with the Internship Coordinator, submitting any required forms, and/or completing an internship agreement with an approved site by the provided deadlines will be asked to drop HDFS 477 and forfeit their place in the internship program for the semester. Students can always apply to complete their internship in a future semester.

I look forward to working with you as you begin this exciting chapter in your HDFS education. Please let me know if you have any questions about the HDFS Internship process.

Dr. Jen Krafchick, CFLE
HDFS Internship Coordinator
Assistant Professor
(970) 491-2171