Internship and Practicum

Gerontology faculty at UNC have strong ties with professionals in the aging network, including academics and practitioners in the field. We collaborate with you, and with agencies and organizations in your community, to plan elective internships, practicums, volunteer, and other hands-on opportunities. Here are some typical settings in which our students have practiced community-based learning as part of their gerontology education:

  • Area Agencies On Aging
  • County Offices on Aging
  • Senior Centers
  • RSVP volunteer programs
  • Alzheimer's Associations
  • Adult day care
  • Memory care
  • Independent and assisted living centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospice
  • Ombudsman
  • Veterans Administration
  • Activity and wellness programs
  • and others, including experiences based on specific student goals. Unique learning projects have included the development of an age-friendly exercise program for a balance training organization, researching needs and planning a support group for caregivers of older adults, and creating a group mentoring program about aging to be used in the corporate workplace.

Students planning an internship or practicum will contact Dr. Susan Collins, the UNC gerontology graduate internship advisor, at the beginning of the semester PRIOR to their internship.