As a student in a CHHS program, participation in a hands-on professional experience is very relevant to your course of study. Through our college and our partnerships with agencies, businesses and organizations in Northern Illinois and throughout the Chicagoland area, you have several options to fulfill this requirement.
What is a professional experience?
A professional experience is an opportunity to gain hands-on skills that connect with your classroom knowledge. It provides formal training in your area of study to prepare you for your career, and it helps build your resume and your job network. It also increases your awareness of health professions and human services and your career options. You may receive academic credit for professional experiences.
Examples of professional experiences include:
- Paid and unpaid internships
- Professional clubs and service projects
- Part-time and full-time jobs
- Course prerequisites that includes paid and unpaid work experiences
- Didactic course with field experience or service learning components
- Course with interprofessional learning activities
To learn more about why the professional experience requirement is important for your future career success, or to discuss other professional learning options, contact your academic advisor in the College of Health & Human Sciences.