Internships are an integral part of Gerontology students’ educational experiences. Internships provide students with the opportunity to observe and interact with professionals engaged in day-to-day activities in an agency or organization working with older adults or helping to meet the needs of the aging population. Placements help students gain occupational skills through hands-on work experience and allow them to apply their gerontological knowledge to their work settings.
The internship is required for Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate students. Master of Arts students in the Program Administration concentration must complete an approved internship for at least 3 credit hours. Internships are an elective for Master of Arts students in the Research concentration. The internship class is offered in the Spring and Summer semesters each academic year and requires an application. Undergraduate students register for Gerontology 4910 and graduate students register for Gerontology 8910. Internship details are outlined in the internship manual.
Students should have completed at least three gerontology courses (nine credit hours) before applying for an internship and must be in good academic standing in their gerontology program. Undergraduate students are required to have a “C” or better in all gerontology courses and an overall GPA of at least 2.5. Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in their gerontology program to be in good standing.
Students must download and fill out the internship application form and submit all application materials to the internship coordinator by the deadlines specified below. Applications must include: a completed application form, an up-to-date resume, a current printed copy of their academic evaluation (available through PAWS/Go Solar), and the name of a reference from a Gerontology Institute faculty or affiliate faculty member.
applications are due October 15
Summer applications are due March 15
Internship Site Selection
Internship sites should be selected in consultation with the internship coordinator. All internships must be approved by the Gerontology Institute’s internship coordinator.
For more information about student internships, including agencies interested in becoming an approved internship site, please contact the internship coordinator, Dr. Candace L. Kemp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-413-5216.