Experiential Learning Opportunities For Human Development & Family Sciences (HDFS) Students

Click on a topic below for links to experiential learning opportunities and support resources. 


UT CNS offers many courses in which students have the opportunity to learn through authentic science projects and other experiences. 

See the courses taught with an experiential learning component below. 

Human Development & Family Sciences courses 
CNS courses - all departments

Undergraduate Research

One of the most in-depth experiential opportunities available to HDFS students is
independent research within a faculty member’s research group.

The lists below are not exhaustive. TIDES offers weekly drop-in advising/consulation for CNS students seeking opportunities. 


The purpose of an internship is to gain valuable skills and experience, explore and refine your career interests, and network with professionals in your field.  Also, internships allow you to apply concepts you have learned in the classroom in a real-world, work environment.  

CNS Career Services is your college resource for career exploration and internships. 

TIDES offers drop-in hours each week in Painter Hall 3.04 for students who would like to discuss strategies for getting invovled in experiential learning activities and connecting with CNS and campus resources. The list below is a sample of opportunities and is not exhaustive. 

  • Opportunities

HDFS Applied or Research Practicum
CNS Career Services Search Tools for Jobs and Internships
CNS Career Services Job/Internship feed

  • Resources

CNS Career Services Job/Internship feed
CNS Career Services Guide for Human Development & Family Sciences
CNS Course Credit Options for Internships

Study Abroad 

Study abroad programs provide HDFS majors with access to interesting and relevant courses around the world. Immerse yourself in a new culture while earning credits toward your degree.
TIDES offers weekly drop-in advising/consulation for CNS students seeking opportunities.


CNS students can engage in entrepreneurial activities both in and out of the classroom. TIDES offers weekly drop-in advising/consulation for CNS students seeking opportunities.

CNS Inventors Program
Startup Science
Bridging Disciplines Programs - Innovation, Creativity & Innovation
Entrepreneurship Resources Across Campus

Other Activities  

Science Sprints

If you're interested in "doing science" and are looking for a shorter-term way to be involved, try out a Science Sprint! Science Sprints are one-day intensive, fun events bringing interdisciplinary teams of 10-25 undergraduates together to work on a meaningful science problem. All CNS majors are welcome.
Spring 2018 Science Sprint Topics and Registration Information