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Two full semesters of internships are required for students in the Community Mental Health and Social Gerontology concentrations. An internship is optional for students in the Early Childhood Studies concentration. Students in the Environmental Studies BA and BS degree programs are required to complete a one semester, 3 credit internship in Environmental Policy, Environmental Resources or Environmental Education.

Students in the Legal Studies concentration may use SSC 498, “Community Internship” to fulfill one of their upper level course requirements.   The internship offers students the opportunity to work with a community, government, or private agency related to their major.  This internship is open to seniors in good academic standing.


Students need to complete at least 50% of the course work in the major to be eligible for an internship. The 50% of course work must include the prerequisite courses for the major (with a grade of C or better) and at least 2 upper level courses from the major.


Students in the Environmental Studies concentration must call 645-2245 x0 to schedule an appointment with Sandy Geffner.  Students in Health and Human Services or Legal Studies must call 645-2245 x0 to schedule an appointment with Roslyn Joy-Colón, Internship Coordinator. In this appointment guidelines for arranging an internship and possible internship sites will be discussed.  This appointment should be scheduled in the middle of the semester prior to the semester during which the student will be interning.


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  • Ashley Machovec

    Originally from Binghamton, NY, I came to University at Buffalo as a transfer student from my local community college. After switching my major a few times, I chose to be an early childhood education concentration with a teaching and speech pathology minor. Taking a wrong turn on main street in Buffalo, I ended up at […]

  • Clarissa Cardarelli

    I’m from Orchard Park, NY and I am studying French, Linguistics, and International Studies with a regional focus in Africa. I chose International Studies as my major since I have always loved learning foreign languages and about foreign cultures. I plan to use what I have learned about foreign relations, economics, and politics to pursue […]

  • Shontay Barnes

    Originally from Buffalo New York, I am pursuing a double major in Health and Human Services/Community Mental Health and Psychology. I chose this major because I learned about the excellent opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the field.  I was very pleased to see that there was an internship component of the major.  My participation […]

  • Cherrelle Collins

    For me this major encompassed everything I am. After pursuing nursing, and realizing that clinical work was not “for me”, I started to hone in on my leadership skills, ability to direct, inspire and HELP. It was at that moment that I realized I wanted to become instrumental in helping someone else find their “calling” […]

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