Internships/Study Abroad

Central encourages students to supplement classroom activities and to explore areas not susally covered in regular coursework by arranging internships. Interns at the Department of Human Services in Knoxville assist with family evaluation, while interns at MECCA in Iowa City and Des Moines learn how to work effectively with people, struggling with alcohol and other drug dependencies. Interns at Orchard Place in Des Moines work in child psychology, and those at Crisis Intervention Services in Knoxville and Oskaloosa handle domestic violence cases. The Christian Opportunity Center in Pella provides interns experiences working with mentally and physically challenged people with autism.

Internships are also available to students who study in Yucatan, London, or on the Chicago Metropolitan Center program. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:


  • Casa Cuna (government-operated orphanage)
  • Hogares Juveniles (shelter home for abused and abandoned youth)
  • Public schools, Merida businesses, or village schools
  • ProNatura (nonprofit¬†environmental conservation group)


  • Amnesty International
  • The Bayswater Family Centre
  • Family Planning Association (sexual health agency for the U.K.)
  • Field Land Homeless Family Centre
  • Riverside Mental Health Centre
  • Shelter, National Campaign for the Homeless


  • Care of the Mentally Handicapped
  • De Krullevaar (nursery school)


  • Cook County Probation Office
  • Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • Children’s Memorial Hospital, Child Life Department
  • Jobs for Youth
  • Tuesday’s Child (working with trouble youth)
  • University of Illinois Institute for Juvenile Research


Often, internship experiences later result in paid, part-time positions during college, full-time positions upon graduation.For more information on careers, job search links, internships and study abroad: