HDF 377: Professional Development in HDFS

This course is designed to prepare students for their internship experience and to contribute to the development of their professional skills and career goals. This course is required for all HDFS majors in the Child, Youth, and Family Studies concentration. It is a prerequisite for the internship (HDF 499), and it is usually taken one semester before the internship.


  • Grades C- or better in HDF 111, HDF 112, & HDF 202 or 203 or 204 (previously HDF 211, 212, 302, 303, and 304)
  • 2.50 GPA
  • Senior standing
  • Permission of instructor

Please see the Catalog Description, along with a Sample Syllabus (PDF), of HDF 377.

Please see here for the following important forms:

Placement Checklist

All items below must be completed in order to begin your internship.

TaskPurposeComplete by
HDF 377Prerequisite for HDF 499Complete one semester prior to internship
HDFS Internship Eligibility Application FormTo obtain information on your internship and graduation plansDuring HDF 377
Research possible placementsInterview at least 3 agencies. Use the Placement Process (PDF) as a guide.During HDF 377
Register for HDF 499You will need written permission in order to register for this class. NOTE: You MUST have a 2.5 GPA AND have completed HDF 377 in order to do your internship, NO EXCEPTIONS!Contact Internship Director during the semester BEFORE your internship to register for HDF 499
HDFS Internship Application FormTo obtain internship and supervisor informationDec 1 (Spring Interns), August 1 (Fall interns)
Attend Orientation MeetingTo receive information on the internship process and to obtain important forms to start your internshipSemester prior to internship; Students interning in the Fall should attend the orientation meeting at the end of Spring semester. Orientation typically occurs on Reading Day

Placement Examples

The list below contains examples of agencies where students have been placed in the Triad area. The purpose of this list is to help begin your search, however you are NOT required to intern at one of these agencies.

Agency NameLocationPopulationSpecialty
Adult Center for EnrichmentGreensboro, NCOlder AdultsAging
After Gateway, Inc.Greensboro, NCAdultsDevelopmental Disabilities
American Red CrossGreensboro, NCFamiliesMilitary
Arts for LifeWinston-Salem, NCChildren (All Ages)Therapeutic Recreation
Autism Society of North CarolinaGreensboro, NCFamiliesAutism
Beaufort-Hyde Partnership for ChildrenWashington, NCChildren (All Ages)Education
Beyond AcademicsGreensboro, NCYoung AdultsDevelopmental Disabilities
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater GreensboroGreensboro, NCChildren (All Ages)Administrative
Black Child Development Institute of GreensboroGreensboro, NCChildren (School-Age)Education
Boys and Girls ClubGreensboro, NCChildren (All Ages)Recreation
Caswell County Partnership for ChildrenYanceyville, NCFamiliesChild Development
Center for New North CaroliniansGreensboro, NCAdultsImmigration
Center for Youth, Families, and Community PartnershipsGreensboro, NCFamiliesResearch
Children’s Home Society of NCGreensboro, NCChildren (All Ages)Adoption
Church World ServicesGreensboro, NCAdultsImmigration
City of Greensboro Parks and RecreationGreensboro, NCAll GroupsVaries
Cognition in Context Lab at UNCG (HDFS)Greensboro, NCChildrenResearch
Communities In Schools of High PointHigh Point, NCAdolescentsEducation
Communities in Schools-Dudley High SchoolGreensboro, NCAdolescentsEducation
Crisis Control MinistryWinston-Salem, NCAdultsPoverty
Cross Roads: Sexual Assault Response & Resource CenterBurlington, NCAdultsSexual Assult
Davidson County Senior ServicesThomasville, NCOlder AdultsAging
DREAMS Treatment ServicesGreensboro, NCAdultsSubstance Abuse/Addiction
Fairview Family Resource CenterHigh Point, NCFamiliesEducation
Family Abuse ServicesBurlington, NCAdults-WomenDomestic Violence
Family Crisis Center (Randolph County)Asheboro, NCAdultsDomestic Violence
Family Life Education ServicesGreensboro, NCAdultsEducation
Family Life Education Services-Wise GuysGreensboro, NCAdolescents-MalesEducation
Family Service of the PiedmontGreensboro, NCFamiliesVaries
Foster Friends of North CarolinaGreensboro, NCChildren (All Ages)Administrative
GCS Character Development & Service-LearningGreensboro, NCChildren (All Ages)Education
Glen Haven Community CenterGreensboro, NCAdultsImmigration
Guardian ad Litem (GAL)Greensboro, NCChildren (All Ages)Abused and Neglected Children
Guilford Child DevelopmentGreensboro, NCFamiliesVaries
Guilford Child Development-Learning TogetherGreensboro, NCAdultsEducation
Heritage GreensGreensboro, NCOlder AdultsAging
iGrow – Infant growth and development study at UNCGGreensboro, NCFamiliesResearch
Interactive Resource CenterGreensboro, NCAdultsHomelessness
Latino Coalition of Randolph CountyAsheboro, NCAdultsVaries
Lindley Habilitation ServicesGreensboro, NCChildren (All Ages)Physical Disabilities
NC Cooperative Extension Agency (Rockingham County)Reidsville, NCChildren (All Ages)Education
NC MentorGreensboro, NCAdolescentsDevelopmental Disabilities
New Arrivals InstituteGreensboro, NCVariesImmigrants
One Step Further, Inc.Greensboro, NCAdolescentsLegal Assistance
PACE of The TriadGreensboro, NCElderlyVaries
Parents as Teachers Faith Community NetworkGreensboro, NCParentsEducation
Partners for Healthy YouthGreensboro, NCAdolescentsAdministrative
Reading ConnectionsGreensboro, NCAdultsEducation
Ready for School, Ready for LifeGreensboro, NCChildren (All Ages)Administrative
RHA HowellGreensboro, NCAll GroupsDisabilities (All)
Rockingham County Partnership for ChildrenReidsville, NCFamiliesVaries
Senior Resources of GuilfordGreensboro, NCOlder AdultsAging
SHIELD Mentor ProgramGreensboro, NCYouth in Grades 4-12Education
The Children’s HomeWinston-Salem, NCChildren (All Ages)Group Home
Therapeutic Alternatives, lnc.Asheboro, NCFamiliesCrisis Services
Triad Ladder of HopeHigh Point, NCAll GroupsHuman Trafficking
Tristan’s Quest, Inc.Greensboro, NCChildren (School-Age)Developmental Disabilities
UNCG Campus Violence Response CenterGreensboro, NCAdultsViolence
UNCG-Department of HDFSGreensboro, NCVariesResearch
United Way of Greater GreensboroGreensboro, NCAll GroupsAdministrative
Urban MinistryGreensboro, NCAll GroupsHomelessness
Well Spring Retirement CommunityGreensboro, NCOlder AdultsAging
Winston Salem Children’s Developmental Services AgencyWinston-Salem, NCFamiliesDevelopmental Disabilities
Women’s Resource CenterGreensboro, NCAdults-WomenAdministrative
World Relief: High PointHigh Point, NCAll GroupsImmigrants
Youth Enrichment Group Home, Inc.Greensboro, NCAdolescentsGroup Home
Youth Focus- Act Together Crisis CareGreensboro, NCChildren (All Ages)Group Home
Youth Focus-My Sister Susan’s HouseAdolescents-FemalesGroup Home
Youth Unlimited, Inc.High Point, NCChildren (All Ages)Group Home
YWCA-GreensboroGreensboro, NCVariesVaries
YWCA-High PointHigh Point, NCAdolescentsEducation