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April Schwarzmueller
Coordinator of Human Development Discipline

Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Human Development

Human Development

The Human Development Internship

The purpose of requiring an intensive internship is to provide the student with an opportunity for experiential learning in an applied situation. Its goal is to integrate the theoretical aspects with one's ability, when placed in a significant new role under professional supervision. The internship is taken in the summer prior to or during the spring of the students Senior year.

cambodiaBy the Junior year the student, in conjunction with the mentor and internship professor, should begin to think about an appropriate internship experience. Practical aspects of interning must be planned, such as transportation and course load for that particular semester. In addition, the student must notify the internship professor in which semester she/he desires to be enrolled. A certain number of group and individual meetings are required with the internship professor each semester. Evaluation procedures are explained in these meetings. The internship is very demanding but rewarding as a learning experience launching one into the career-work world.

Recent internships have included:

Acodo Orphanage (Cambodia)
Youth development
Cambodia Dutch Organization
English language instruction
Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA)
Community education, shelter and counseling services for survivors of domestic violence
Community Partners for Youth
Grant writing
Department of Children & Families
Abuse investigations
Don Cesar Hotel
Human resource work, interviewing, paperwork, phone intake
Family Resource Center
Counseling, intake
JWB Best Initiative
Grant writing, group facilitation, workshop development
Loyola Hospital
Interviewing and research
Neonatal Unit
Research, shadowing
Perkins Elementary School
Counseling, group facilitation, curriculum development, tutoring
Pinellas Association for Retarded Children (PARC)
Services for developmentally disabled or developmentally delayed children, teaching, group work, case management and counseling.
City of Sarasota
Grant writing for Resource Council regarding social needs of community
St. Petersburg Challenge School
Counseling, mentoring, tutoring in dropout prevention school for 4th & 5th graders
St. Petersburg Free Clinic
Individual and family support, needs assessment, counseling,financial assistance, medicare, etc.
Turning Point
Intake for homeless alcoholic and drug dependents
Women's Resource Center
Facilitating women's groups, teaching, counseling, curriculum development
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)
Health and social services for men, women and children. Counseling,group work and administration.

Life After Eckerd

A degree in Human Development is the key to a variety of careers such as school counselor, health promotion specialist, substance abuse counselor, clinical social worker, rehabilitation counselor, psychotherapist in private practice, youth program director, child development specialist, human resources coordinator, and a host of others.

The Eckerd Difference

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