Child Studies Program



The Child Studies Professional Internship program allows Santa Clara University students to demonstrate their advanced teaching, tutoring, and child advocacy skills while working in K-12 classrooms as well as in a variety of community-based fields such as social work, music/arts education, and allied health professions. The Internship Program connects organizations seeking child-centered expertise with upper level college students and creates a critical first step toward career mobility.

Student Benefits:

  • Gain professional experience while applying classroom theory to real-world situations
  • Develop and focus career goals within authentic contexts
  • Network with professionals in your field of interest
  • Test and explore a variety of career options (the internship course may be taken for up to 2 quarters of course credit)
  • Enhance professional skills specific to your career interest (teaching, child advocacy, social work, special education, health-related fields and more) while honing soft skills such as team work, communication and time-management
  • Learn through informative guest lectures from a variety of leading practitioners in education and child-centered fields
  • Identify professional mentors
  • Receive up to 5 hours of academic course credit per quarter
  • Several placements offer opportunities for ongoing paid employment following internship experience*

Student Requirements: 

  • Enroll in CHST 191 Internship course (which meets 2 hours weekly for 10 weeks) and complete all academic course requirements
  • Fulfill all volunteer requirements designated by placement organization prior to start of internship (volunteer packets, TB testing, background checks as determined by each internship site)
  • Participate in on-site internship orientation
  • Complete 80 hours of internship service within 10 week quarter and obtain signature of internship site supervisor

Internship Site Requirements:

  • Provide written internship job description
  • Review student agreement
  • Provide necessary training, supervision coaching throughout internship
  • Complete designated student evaluation

Sample Placement Site Opportunities:

Music for Minors: Provide music education in San Jose Schools under the supervision of Master Teachers using cutting edge music and music theory lesson plans, (option to work with ESL, special needs students and Title 1 schools)*Possibility for employment as substitute teacher following internship.

Breakthrough Silicon Valley: Deliver high expectations academic curriculum in after school setting for top performing middle school students seeking to enter college as first generation applicants *Summer fellowship application opportunity following internship.

Second Step Suite: Create a safe and supportive school community with social-emotional skills, bullying prevention, and child protection. Interns will work in pairs to refine lesson plans and serve as lead teachers in after school setting. *Student employment opportunity potential following internship.

Gatepath: provide inclusive programs for people at all stages and ages to create opportunities of greater independence for children, youth, and adults with special needs. * Opportunity for paid internship following academic internship placement.

K-12 School Placements: Join dynamic Master Teachers in selected creative learning environments to teach in elementary classroom or discipline-specific high school settings. Students will have opportunities to co-develop curricula and tailor lesson plans to address unique student learning goals.


CONTACT: Dr. Jennifer Merritt408-554-5013

Download the full Child Studies Internship Program Brochure here!