Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the eligibility and admission requirements?
Human Services Leadership Program and Internship HSL-325 (120 hours):
Completion of a minimum of three courses in the Human Services Leadership major, as follows:
HUMAN SV-203 Introduction to Human Services
HUMAN SV-310 Interpersonal Relations in the Helping Professions
One additional core course, HUMAN SV-320, HUMAN SV-335 or HUMAN SV-340.
Minimum Human Services Leadership grade point average (GPA): 2.75
Minimum cumulative grade point average (CUM GPA): 2.50
Completion of at least 65 University recognized credits.
Advanced Internship -HS 420,421,422 (280 hours):
Completion of all Human Services Leadership required program courses except 440 which may be taken concurrently. HUMAN SV-440 is offered in Fall and Spring semesters only.
Minimum Human Services Leadership grade point average (GPA): 3.00
Minimum cumulative grade point average (CUM GPA): 2.75
Completion of request (including payment receipt) for Caregiver Criminal Background Check (submitted with Advanced Internship Application Materials).
- How do I apply for internships?
Instructions and application forms are available in pdf form on this website (see student forms) and in the Office of Field Experiences, Nursing/Education room 113. Applications must be fully completed and turned in (N/E 113) by March 1 for summer and fall semesters and by October 1 for the spring semester. Please follow instructions carefully. The preference card which must be submitted with your application materials is available on this website and in hard copy form.
- May I turn in the application after the due date?
Applications submitted after March 1 for the summer or fall semesters or October 1 for the spring semester must be accompanied by an appeal stating the reason for tardiness. The Field Placement Appeal Form may be found on the student forms page, in N/E 113 or on the door of N/E 619.
Appeal forms must be submitted to the Human Services Leadership Field Placement Office (N/E 619). Students will be notified of the disposition of their appeal following faculty consideration.
- What is the process for site placement?
A preference card listing the student’s top three choices of placement sites (obtained from the placement site binder located in N/E 113 or on the Field Placement Directory) must accompany an internship application. Every effort is made to pursue the student’s first or second choice.
The field placement office mails a request letter to the site. Sites may either accept, decline or accept pending interview the placement. Students receive a letter informing them of the placement request.
When placement cannot be arranged at any of the student’s choices or none of the preferred sites are available, the student will receive an e-mail advising them of the need to re-pick their site preferences. It is very important that students do so in a timely manner.
After placement confirmation, students receive (by mail) a confirmation letter. Included with the confirmation letter will be a liability form which must be completed within the first few days of the start of the placement semester (following the first group seminar). This form must be completed and returned as directed to avoid interruption of your placement.
- What is the service area for field placements?
Our service area includes Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Green Lake and Fond du Lac counties. A map of our service area can be found online.
- What sites are available?
The current, approved placement sites are listed in the Placement Sites binder, located in N/E 113 or on the Field Placement Directory page.
- What if I find a placement site not listed in the placement directory?
Please contact the field placement office directly. The field office will assist you with the process for consideration of placement within an agency outside of our directory. The Field Placement Office will present your proposal to the faculty who will determine if a placement site is a proper fit for our program. The field placement office will notify you regarding the disposition of your proposal.
- May I directly contact potential placement sites?
The field placement office has made agreements with area agencies that are listed in the Field Placement Directory and in the field placement binder located in N/E 113. For this reason, we ask that you do not contact the placement sites directly with the exception of an approved out of area placement (for Advanced Internships only).
- Is placement outside of the service area possible?
Internship students complete their 120 hours at an approved site within the service area.
Advanced Internship students may file an Out-of-Area request to do their placement at a site outside of the service region if they are eligible (please refer to the out-of-area placement request form to determine your eligibility). Potential out-of-area sites are proposed by the student. Typically students have met with their proposed supervisor and obtained tentative agreement for placement. This form may be obtained from the Office of Field Experience (N/E 113), the Human Services Leadership Field Placement Office (N/E 619) or on this site (student forms). Please be as detailed as possible in your appeal and provide contact information for the potential site supervisor. Request forms must be submitted to the Human Services Leadership Field Placement Office (N/E 619). Students will be notified of the disposition of their request following faculty consideration.
- Do I need to enroll in the internship courses?
You must enroll in 18-325 (Internship) or 18-420/421/422 (Advanced Internship) as soon as possible after your enrollment date.
- Can Internship or Advanced Internship be satisfied by study abroad trips?
Abroad trips sponsored through our program or other university sponsored study trips will satisfy Internship (HS 325). They will satisfy half of Advanced Internship hours and the remaining 140 hours will need to be completed at an approved Human Services Leadership Field placement site.
For study trips not sponsored by the University, contact the HS field placement office prior to making a commitment to any trip.
- If I'm studying abroad to meet internship requirements, do I still need to apply for the field experience?
In addition to completing the necessary procedures with the International office, students will apply and enroll in coursework just as they would for a traditional field placement.
- Do I have to complete my internship in one semester?
Internship (HS 325) and Advanced Internship (18-420/421/422) are each one semester courses. Students are required to complete their field experiences in a single semester and attend bi-weekly seminars which are a required part of the course.
- Can I start my hours early?
Hours may not begin until following the first seminar of the semester. You may meet with the placement site prior to this for an orientation, training, and to determine your schedule. If a student is unable to complete their hours during the course of the semester, contact your instructor. It may be possible to receive an incomplete for the course and extend the time to complete your hours.
- Can an internship be paid?
All Human Services Leadership internships are unpaid.
- Will my travel time to my field placement count toward the required hours of my internship?
No, your time spent traveling to and from your field placement will not count towards your required hours.
- Are all Internship and Advanced Internship seminars held on campus?
No, off-campus seminars are required at the instructor's discretion.
- Can I complete my internship at my place of employment?
Completing an internship at your place of employment requires an appeal. Appeals to do an internship at your place of employment will be considered only when the internship duties differ significantly from regular job duties. As well, hours clocked for internship must be separate from employment hours and must be unpaid. Appeal forms must be submitted to the Human Services Leadership Field Placement Office (N/E 619). Students will be notified of the disposition of their appeal following faculty consideration.
- Do I need to have a Caregiver Criminal Background Check completed for each internship?
You are required to have a Caregiver Criminal Background Check (CCBC) upon admission to your Intro course (HSL 203) and for your Advanced Internship (280 hours). An additional CCBC will be required for Internship (120-hour) if there has been a change in your status since the initial background check. The Caregiver Criminal Background Check form is included with the Advanced Internship application materials (student forms) and in N/E 113. Please read thoroughly and complete as instructed, attaching a payment receipt as indicated.
- Do I need a tuberculosis test?
Tuberculosis tests are required only if your placement site requires it. You will need to make arrangements. Provide a record of the TB test to the UW Oshkosh Health Center and to your placement site.
- Are policy exceptions ever made?
An appeal process is available for consideration of exceptions to policies and procedures. The Field Placement Appeal form may be obtained from the Human Services Leadership Field Placement Office (N/E 619), Office of Field Experiences (N/E 113) or on this site (student forms) Please be as detailed as possible in your appeal. Appeal forms must be submitted to the Human Services Leadership Field Placement Office (N/E 619). Students will be notified of the disposition of their appeal following faculty consideration.