Family Science 482R Practicum Application (Stronger Families Project)

Application Instructions 


  1. Read the FAMS Info Sheet.
  2. Meet with your academic advisor to ensure that you are eligible for the Stronger Families Project.
  3. Create a virtual interview. Detailed instructions are below.
  4. Complete the Stronger Families Project Internship Placement Form.  Detailed instructions below. 
  5. Complete Internship Orientation, and save your completion code. Your completion code will be displayed on your screen and emailed to you once you complete the orientation.
  6. Now that you have completed the prior steps, you are waiting for acceptance into the Stronger Families Project via email. If accepted, the link to apply for credit and further instructions will be provided in your acceptance email from the Stronger Families Project. Please have your complete orientation code available at that time.

Special instructions


  • Some applications, evaluations, and assignments will use the term "internship" rather than practicum.   As a Family Science student, the terms practicum and internship will be used interchangeably.
  • If you are a Behavioral Science-Family Studies (BESC-FAST) major, please select Family Science when asked for your internship major in the application.
  • Students graduating in FAMS must complete a 3-credit internship course the same semester with one agency for 120 hours minimum. This amounts to roughly eight hours per week throughout the semester. In addition, there are Canvas online assignments each week for an additional 1 hour minimum/week. Total required hours 9-10/week minimum. Students must earn a B- final grade to pass the course in addition to  completing 120 documented hours and successful submission of a professional portfolio.  
  • Please carefully read the additional instructions below to ensure you are properly completing all steps in the process.


Detailed instructions and deadlines


Fall Spring  Summer
Application opens February 1 September 1 The Stronger Families Project does not operate in the summer.
First priority deadline* March 1 October 1 Not applicable
Application closes May 1 December 1 Not applicable

*If you do not apply by the first priority deadline, you still need to apply as quickly as possible. Applications received by the first priority give students a better chance to be accepted or assigned with their preferences. However, you still need to apply, whether or not you are accepted — it is a professional competency all students need to experience to prepare them for future job interviews.

Applications will be vetted by FAMS faculty, and applicants will be notified during the middle of the semester whether they will participate in the Stronger Families Project. Students who are not selected to participate are advised to replace the 482R credit with a 481R practicum/internship credit. FAMS faculty will only write a letter of recommendation upon graduation for students who have applied to the Stronger Families Project.

Within a week of submitting your form, you will get an email acknowledging that your placement form and virtual video interview were received. Your application will not be complete (or accepted) with a missing video. If your virtual interview video link is broken upon reviewing your application, you will be denied. Look for an email confirmation. If you do not get an emailed response, it will be your responsibility to follow up with the Stronger Families Project at

Virtual interview instructions

The purpose of this virtual interview is for faculty to get to know you while you offer a brief example of your teaching to determine best class placement in the field.

In preparation for completing your interview, watch this video which will give you a basic idea for completing your interview.

You will record your virtual interview with your laptop, tablet, or phone and upload it to YouTube as an “unlisted” video (unsearchable, but live for those who have the link). 

Step 1: You should dress professionally. If possible, be sure to stand. Use a background is (delete) congruent with a professional interview and free from external distractions. Prepare a 5-minute (maximum) teaching presentation for this interview by choosing a short section with ONE main idea from the Survival Skills family life education curriculum from FAMS 4500. Learn that section well enough that you do not need to read or refer to it while teaching. If you are bilingual in Spanish and indicate on the placement form you’d like to teach in Spanish, your teaching demonstration should be in Spanish. Even if you are not a native Spanish speaker, we welcome those to apply who are conversant.

Step 2: Record yourself in front of your invisible audience. To begin, please give us a 30-second introduction about yourself and if you have parenting or formal teaching experience. Next, identify your intended audience for this mock teaching: children, teens, or parents. Finally, present your prepared section using the pedagogical practices learned in your methods class. Don’t be nervous, just have fun! We’re all rooting for you.

Step 3:Once your video is recorded to your phone, tablet, or computer, upload your video to YouTube. This video can assist you with that. Please ensure the link works when you’ve logged out of YouTube.

Step 4: Add the video link to your Stronger Families Project Internship Placement Form.