Child, Adult & Family Services Careers and Internships

Career possibilities

A degree in Child, Adult, and Family Studies and Studies provides a background in . . .

Careers working with children:

  • Preschool teacher
  • Childcare administrator
  • Foster care or adoption specialist
  • Child advocate
  • Volunteer coordinator for child services
  • Child service organization director
  • Grief counselor

Careers working with youth:

  • Volunteer youth services coordinator
  • Youth services organization  executive director
  • Youth services organization program consultant
  • Adolescent pregnancy preventionist
  • Addiction specialist
  • Grief counselor
  • Homeless youth outreach coordinator
  • Youth counselor
  • Youth services director
  • Juvenile court officer
  • Camp counselor

Careers working with families and adults:

  • Addiction counselor
  • Adoption/foster care specialist
  • Program coordinator
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Organization executive director
  • Organization program consultant
  • Parent educator
  • Grief counselor
  • Protective service worker
  • Family planning consultant

ISU offers career exploration services.


Students majoring in Child, Adult, and Family Services are required to complete a 320- to 360-hour internship during their senior year with the goal of applying the knowledge learned in the classroom to a work setting.  Students find and choose an internship site themselves with the support and guidance from the HDFS department internship coordinator. Internships can be completed in Iowa, out-of-state, and even internationally.

Below are examples of organizations where students majoring in child, adult, and family services have completed their internships:

HDFS 491 internship procedures

Learn about student internship experiences

View Child, Adult, and Family Services student internship experiences at Career Connections.

Find permanent positions

  • College of Human Sciences Career Services offers many career planning resources, including one-on-one student consultations.
  • Students can use CyHire (Former Career Services Management System) to search job postings from companies that contact Iowa State to recruit.
  • Contact Information

    Lisa Enloe
    HDFS Internship Coordinator
    2315 Palmer

    Karen Colbert
    ECE Practicum Coordinator
    2317 Palmer

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