Extensive opportunities are available for gerontology students to get hands-on experience in part-time and full-time internships working in governmental departments, nursing homes, senior housing sites, senior centers, adult day care programs, and other community-based settings.
Internships are invaluable opportunities for students to gain "real life" experience in work settings similar to the ones in which they will be employed following their formal program of study. They vary in time commitment per week and the corresponding number of credits, ranging from a three-credit experience to a fifteen-credit "full time" internship.
Some gerontology courses (e.g., HDF 314) also build in fieldwork experiences as part of the course, thereby integrating theory, research, and practice into the studentís program of study.
The Program in Gerontology has developed a state-wide network of agencies and departments with which it works to develop internship experiences. Students are usually jointly supervised by a mentor at their program site and a URI faculty member. Please check with the Program for a listing of current internship opportunities, or with a specific department offering gerontology courses, for more information.