Application Instructions

  1. Review the FAMS Internship 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. Once accepted into the program, you will then need to 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

  • Students who intern with the Stronger Families Project commit to attending in person: an on-campus meeting each Monday afternoon for 1 hour and a twice weekly nightly teaching site in Utah County.
  • 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 (The Stronger Families Project does not operate in the summer)
First priority deadline April 1st November 1st Not applicable
Application closes May 1st December 1st Not applicable

Students are welcome to apply earlier than the "First priority" deadline; however, if they are accepted, they will need to wait to register for the online course until university registration is open. Applications received by the first priority give students a better chance to be accepted or assigned with their preferences. Applications are accepted until the closing date (with few exceptions).

Students who are not selected to participate are advised to replace the 482R credit with a 481R Community practicum/internship credit.

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 with a missing video of your teaching demonstration. If you do not get an emailed response after submission, it will be your responsibility to follow up with the Stronger Families Project at . If you contact the program coordinator, , an alternative interview may be accepted to replace the virtual mock teaching video.

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 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.

For those who do not have access to the Survival Skills curriculum, click on this link to use as content for your mini lesson. You do not need to teach everything on this handout, but teach what you choose in an engaging, memorable way. Use at least one teaching method such as an object lesson, visual aid, role play, etc.

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.   

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