Education & Human Services

Education and Human Services Gaucho Path Way encompasses: Education, human services, education-focused global/public health, human resources, and organizational development

One of the most important steps in your career development is gaining experience, such as internships. These opportunities help you connect your academic preparation to the world of work as you explore career fit and strengthen your resume to become competitive for either occupations or graduate school. Some occupations may also have common paths to gain experience and enter the field. For instance, certain industries and organizations may provide more opportunities to gain experience through volunteering rather than starting with a formal internship. It’s important to explore those paths and qualifications of the field to help inform your own goals in gaining experience.

Not sure where to start? Consider these steps:

  1. Clarify your interests, assess yourself, and explore how your interests related to careers and industry areas
  2. Research occupations, qualifications and potential paths towards that career field to best align your experience now with your preparation for a future job 
  3. Assess your current level of experience and where you should start—For instance, many competitive internships look for previous part-time work or leadership experience which may necessitate pursuing part-time jobs and volunteer experience to begin your path
  4. Explore opportunities and resources below and prepare for the application and interview process.

Strategies to Gain Experience Related to Education and Human Services

  • The good news about gaining experience in this Education & Human Services is that there are many ways to work with people that will help you to clarify the way in which you want to work with people, and whether there is a particular population of people you might want to work with.
  • Seek out experiences that will provide you with direct interaction with people. In most cases, these can help you to both clarify your goals and gain valuable experience. A large number of opportunities will be in volunteering in schools and non-profits, but there are also some paid options, and possibilities of earning units.
  • Get involved with campus organizations that relate to your interests, such as Communication Association, Hermanos/Hermanas Unidas, Human Resources Club, or Active Minds, and consider becoming an active member in a related student organization or business fraternity that allows you to develop the organization and recruit new student members.
  • Off-campus internships and opportunities can come up at any time. Typically, local organizations recruit anywhere from one-month to about one-quarter before the intended start date for the position. Think broadly when looking for opportunities and concentrate more on the skills you will obtain and training you will receive during the experience rather than the title of the internship.

Sites with Listings and On-Campus Recruitment Events

Sites with Listings

UCSB

On-Campus & Local Internships & Opportunities

WORKING ON-CAMPUS

OTHER ON-CAMPUS EXPERIENCES

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State, National, International- Internship Programs and Related Opportunities

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If you wish to propose an internship to a company that does not have an advertised position or a formal program, consider using Career's Internship Toolkit to help plan your proposal and agreement. The Toolkit offers tips and guidelines to help plan internship experiences, set expectations with supervisors, and reflect on the experience. The Internship Toolkit is available to download in the Document Library which can be accessed from your Resources tab when logged into GauchoLink