All human relations majors are required to complete an academic internship. This experience not only assists students with summer and part-time opportunities, but they often lead to full-time positions upon graduation. The human relations service learning opportunities consistently provide the foundation for the experience sought by today’s employer.
Each student, with the support of his/her academic advisor, is mentored through the internship application process to obtain and complete an off-campus experience that offers real-world experience in a variety of settings. The internship allows each student to experience his/her ideal professional role upon planning to either enter the workforce or begin graduate school. Students have completed internships both locally and globally, with each internship experience being individually designed to meet the student’s interests and needs.
The human relations faculty embraces the application of theoretical concepts via engaging students in off-campus course-related experiences. This program has pioneered this concept and successfully applied the experiential approach as a nationally recognized hallmark of the major. Presently, each student completing the human relations major will earn a minimum of 200 contact hours working in a professional environment. Previous students have developed strategic plans, created marketing strategies, facilitated training workshops, coordinated special events, written news releases, attended professional conferences, evaluated programs, developed budgets and a myriad of learning activities.