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Exchange Club Family Center"I completed several months of internship experience at the Exchange Club Family Center as part of my degree requirements for a Master of Science in Counseling. The learning experience proved invaluable. I was given numerous responsibilities, but felt comfortable to approach any of the staff for help when I needed it. The staff made a point to show their appreciation for the interns' hard work. This agency accepts a large number of interns each semester, so between the staff and other interns I was provided with a great deal of personal and professional support during these crucial learning experiences. I was also able to use my Spanish language skills to provide treatment services for Latino women and children, both individually and in a group setting. I developed strong clinical skills during opportunities such as co-facilitating a support group for female survivors of domestic violence, conducting assessments of domestic violence offenders, and providing play therapy for young children. Not only did my internship experience prepare me for the transition from school to work, but it also provided me with a job opportunity after graduation. This summer I will become an Exchange Club counselor in the domestic violence assessment program!" Jennifer P - Masters student in counseling and community agency/CEPR

—Exchange Club Family Center


Academic Credit

Academic Credit for Internship Experience

If you are interested in receiving academic credit for an internship experience, first consult with your academic advisor. If your department does not offer academic credit for an internship experience, you may choose to enroll in UNIV 4000/4110. (UNIV 4110 for University College students)

UNIV 4000/4110 - Community Internship (3-6 semester hours) Extensive professional preparation as an intern in a community setting that may limit student's enrollment in other courses. Prerequisite: Permission of student's department chair. Note: Students enrolled in UNIV 4000 are considered to be full time students for enrollment certification purposes. Download an overview of UNIV 4000 here. University College students download an overview of UNIV 4110 here.

Generally, students enrolled in 6 credit hours of UNIV 4000/4110 will maintain full time status for purposes of financial aid, repayment of loans, parents' insurance, and scholarships. However, the federal government requires that Pell Grant recipients must be enrolled in at least 12 credits a semester to be considered full-time for aid purposes.

If you have questions concerning your eligibility for aid, please contact DebraAnn Brown, Associate Director, Financial Aid and Scholarships at dbrown@memphis.edu.

To request a permit to register for UNIV 4000, click here.  The completed learning contract must be approved by your internship site supervisor and your department chair or advisor. In addition, you must complete the learning objectives form and submit both forms prior to the start of your internship.  Once these documents have been reviewed and approved, you will then receive a permit to register for UNIV 4000. University college students may see the UNIV 4110 overview above for the appropriate permit forms.

To request a leave of absence, submit a Personal or Medical Leave of Absence Request form and supporting documents to the Scholarship Office in 107 Wilder Tower.

 For additional information regarding UNIV 4000/4110 contact Kelly Penwell at kpenwell@memphis.edu or phone 901-678-3260.

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