About HDFS Undergraduate Resources

Careers in HDFS

A wide-variety of career options are available to HDFS majors. A recent publication by the National Council on Family Relations shows career paths relevant to all concentrations.
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Child Life Road Map

For students completing our Child Life Concentration with the intent of pursuing a career as a Child Life Specialist in a medical setting.
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Become a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)

Through completion of specific undergraduate courses, students can obtain provisional certification as a Family Life Educator. Certification as a Family Life Educator will enhance your competitiveness for jobs in an HDFS-related field.

Become a Certified Early Education Teacher

Experiences play a vital part in the child’s early development and education. HDFS students lead successful careers as certified early education teachers in pre-k settings.Early childhood education keeps more children in school, creates more successful students, and produces graduates that become economically productive and active citizens.

For more information, please contact Margaret Vollenweider at willi50@auburn.edu.

HDFS Internship and Professional Day

Since its inception in 2008, the annual Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) Internship and Professional Day has grown to include attendance by over 250 undergraduate majors and more than 45 university, local and regional program representatives. At this event, students are provided with an exclusive venue to learn about careers in Human Development and Family Science and to discover opportunities for practicum, service-learning and full-time internship positions. Through conversations with our community representatives, students also have occasion to hone their professional communication skills.

Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Initiative, HDFS/AU
Alabama Partnership for Children, Montgomery AL
Alabama Pre-Post Adoption Connections, Montgomery AL
Alabama Rural Ministry, Auburn AL
Auburn High School Mentoring Program, Auburn AL
Auburn on the Hill, Auburn University
Auburn University Career Services, AU
Auburn University Early Learning Center, HDFS/AU
Big House Foundation, Opelika AL
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County, Auburn AL
Bradford Health Services, Montgomery AL
Camp Good Grief, Auburn AL
Camp Twin Lakes, Atlanta GA
Child Care Resource Center, Opelika AL

Children and Family Connection of Russell County, Phenix City AL
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta GA
Children's Healthcare System of Alabama, Birmingham AL
Circle of Care Center for Families, Valley AL
Columbus Regional Healthcare, Columbus GA
Creative Learning Center, Destin FL
East Alabama Child Advocacy Center, Auburn AL
East Alabama FOCUS Program, Opelika AL
East Alabama Medical Center Foundation, Opelika AL
East Alabama Mental Health Family & Children's Services, Opelika AL
Family Guidance Center - Success by 6, Montgomery AL
Family Childcare Partnerships, HDFS/AU
Four Corners Ministries, Opelika AL
Freedom Twenty-One, Auburn AL
Friendship Mission, Montgomery AL
Gift of Life Foundation, Montgomery AL
Harris Early Learning Center, Birmingham AL
Hospice Advantage, Auburn AL
Hosanna Home, Lafayette AL
Human Development and Family Science Graduate School Program, AU
Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy Program, College of Human Sciences
Leap for the Stars Tutoring Program, Auburn AL
Lee County Youth Development Center, Opelika AL
Lee-Russell Council of Governments - Area Agency on Aging, Opelika AL
Lifeline Children's Services, Birmingham AL
Magic Moments, Birmingham AL

Make-A-Wish Foundation, Birmingham AL
Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program, HDFS/AU
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Alabama-Mississippi Chapter, Birmingham AL
Office of School Readiness, Child Affairs, Montgomery AL
Parkway Baptist Preschool, Auburn AL
Pine Hills Literary Project, Auburn AL
Prescott House Child Advocacy Center, Birmingham AL
Relay for Life/Lee County, Auburn AL
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Atlanta GA
Salvation Army-Lee County, Auburn AL
Sleep, Health, and Development Project, HDFS/AU
Storybook Farms, Opelika AL
United Way of Lee County, Auburn AL
Unity Wellness Center, Opelika AL
Women's Hope Medical Clinic, Auburn AL
Women's Philanthropy Board, CHS
YMCA Camp Crosby, Alpine AL
Young Women's Leadership Program, Women’s Resource Center, AU

HDFS Service Learning Opportunities

The Auburn University Early Learning Center, Harris Early Learning Center of Birmingham, and the Marriage and Family Therapy Center provide readily available opportunities for service-learning and internships. Service learning provides students with opportunities to explore career trajectories and gain valuable professional experience for building their resume.