Internships/Experiential Learning

Internships to Capstones

SLP and Audiology clinic students at work

One of the strategic goals of the University of Illinois is to encourage students to complete an internship, capstone, or other learning experience. Each unit in the College of Applied Health Sciences encourages—and, in many cases, requires—students to gain exposure to experiential learning through a field placement, either at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Every year, hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Applied Health Sciences gain professional experience through external placements. Bachelor’s degree programs in community health, interdisciplinary health sciences, speech and hearing sciences, and recreation, sport, and tourism include internships among their graduation requirements. Graduate students in public health, health administration, and health technology must complete external placements and capstone projects with professional partners.

Each of these requirements is designed to give students real-world, hands-on experience that helps them transition from school to the workforce. Internships also give students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they’ve gained from their studies, and to bring fresh perspectives to the organizations with which they work.


On Campus Internship Opportunities

Distilling DNA

  • Campus Wellbeing Services
    The U of I Wellness Center endeavors to empower the Illinois community to incorporate healthful practices into their lives and to help create a culture of wellness that supports healthy living, personal growth, and enhanced quality of life
    Projects: Mapping wellness resources on campus and in the Champaign-Urbana area, expanding walking programs for students and faculty, and creating wellness newsletters.
  • WRC (Women's Resources Center)
  • DRES (Disability Resources and Education Services)
    Variety of internship experiences available: Career services, physical therapy/athletic training/occupational therapy, testing office
    Outreach is an important component of the internship experience
  • CCIL (Cancer Center Illinois)
  • CDL (Child Development Laboratory)
    Work with CDL Director and Associate Director in identifying health and nutrition issues related to program services provided for enrolled children
    Projects: Develop in-service training materials for CDL staff members, assist teachers in developing health and nutrition educational materials for use in classrooms, develop parent workshops on health and nutrition issues during the early childhood years
  • CHEZ (Chez Veteran's Center)
  • CHAD (Center on Health, Aging, and Disability)
    Conducting original research on issues faced by older adults
    Projects: Development and implementation of outreach programming and education materials, Assistance with public outreach events for older adults, Attending and minute-taking at monthly meetings of Age-Friendly Champaign-Urbana and Champaign County Senior Task Force
    Preferred Skills and Qualifications: Passion for working with older adults, Strong writing and verbal communication skills, Interest in and experience with research, Junior or Senior standing with a 3.0 GPA preferred
  • Campus Rec 
  • Beckwith Residential Service
    Internships vary-includes outreach, wellness programs, and helping students with disabilities navigate campus/completing activities of daily living.
  • La Casa Cultural Latina



Casual Friday

Intern Interview


Department of Health and Kinesiology
207 Freer Hall
Champaign, IL 61820
217.300.6461 |

Department of Speech and Hearing Science
2001 S. Oak St., Suite B.
Champaign, IL 61820
217-300-9606 |

Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism
1206 S. Fourth St.,
Champaign, IL 61820
217.300.5703 |