Financial Counseling and Planning Careers and Internships

Career possibilities

Family finance careers:

  • Investment adviser
  • Financial planner
  • Financial aid officer
  • Insurance agent
  • Consumer credit counselor
  • Loan officer
  • College financial aid counselor
  • Credit counselor
  • Financial adviser
  • Financial counselor
  • Fundraiser
  • Investment counselor
  • Marketing/sales representative

Housing or family policy careers:

  • Housing specialist
  • Human resource specialist
  • Loan officer or processor
  • Mortgage representative or mortgage lender
  • Property manager
  • Real estate agent
  • Policy analyst
  • Housing advocate
  • Program caseworker
  • Housing planner
  • Energy auditor
  • Social Security representative
  • Property manager

ISU offers career exploration services.


Students majoring in financial counseling and planning are required to complete a 320-360 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.

HDFS 491 internship procedure

Learn about student internship experiences

View Financial Counseling and Planning internship experiences at Career Connections.

Find permanent positions

  • Contact Information

    Lisa Enloe
    HDFS Internship Coordinator
    2315 Palmer

    Karen Colbert
    ECE Practicum Coordinator
    2317 Palmer

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