Children, Youth & Family Studies Internships

Because we believe students learn best in actual professional settings, the CYFS major requires a junior-year practicum and a senior internship, providing up to 700 hours of resume-building experience. Many graduates say this emphasis on practical learning is what prepared them most for their first job out of college.

Junior Practicum

During spring semester, juniors serve 4-6 hours per week in a local organization that matches their academic interests and future professional goals. Students aren’t assigned to pre-determined sites, but work with a faculty advisor to find the best match possible.

Senior Field Experience

Seniors complete a full-time, 14-week Field Experience (our name for “internship”), specifically chosen to help them gain valuable experiences and skills in a professional environment. Interns work under the direction of an experienced on-site supervisor, who serves as a mentor and guide to the learning process, in addition to support from a faculty advisor. Because this is a full-time experience, students have the opportunity to go anywhere in the country – or across the globe. Click here to read more about our 2013 interns.

Examples of practicum and internship sites


  • Anacortes Lutheran Church (Anacortes, WA)
  • Lake City Presbyterian Church (Seattle, WA)
  • Snohomish Christian Church (Snohomish, WA)
  • Ascension Lutheran Church and School (Thousand Oaks, CA)
  • Luther Memorial Lutheran Church (North Syracuse, NY)
  • Augustana Lutheran Church (Portland, OR)

Social Service Agencies

  • Renton Area Youth & Family Services (Renton, WA)
  • Lutheran Community Services Family Resource Center (SeaTac, WA)
  • Eastside Domestic Violence Services (Bellevue, WA)
  • Volunteers of America, Housing and Transitional Services (Everett, WA)
  • Ryan’s House Youth Shelter (Whidbey Island, WA)
  • Animals as Natural Therapy (Bellingham, WA)

Camps / Outdoor Organizations

  • Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp (Lakeside, MT)
  • Overlook Farm, Heifer Project International (Rutland, MA)
  • Good Earth Village (Spring Valley, MN)
  • Camp Indianola (Indianola, WA)
  • Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp (Story City, IA)
  • Mount Cross Ministries (Ben Lomond, CA)

Parachurch Organizations

  • Jeremiah Center (Edmonds, WA)
  • Youth for Christ (Snohomish, WA)
  • Stonecroft Ministries (Kansas City, MO)
  • Youth Dynamics (Arlington, WA)


  • St. Anne Lutheran Church (London, England)
  • Lantern on the Hill Ministries (Ensenada, Mexico)
  • Canyon Creek Church (Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica)
  • Vestborg Upper Secondary School (Stranda, Norway)