Gaining experience for your future career prepares you for the world awaiting you after college.

The Department of Child and Family Studies provides many opportunities for you to practice what you learn in your classes before graduating. Look through the opportunities provided to students.   


The Department of Child and Family Studies wants to help you help others. Learn about the services we offer to help our community while giving our students the hands-on experience they need.

Horizons Enrichment Center

The Horizons Enrichment Center encourages independence and community interaction for individuals with special needs. This program allows guardians and caregivers respite from the full-time responsibilities of care giving.  

University School for Young Children

Gain real experience working with preschool aged children at the USYC in a caring and supportive community.

Family Studies Alumna

"“The family studies/child development department is amazing! Your professors are there for you no matter what time of day it is, no matter what day it is. They value success, determination, hard work, and honesty.” "

Madison Littrell

Selfie of Madison wearing a grey shirt.

The EDvolution Center

Learn to use the tools of tomorrow today. The EDvolution Center provides a place for students to apply the technology of the future into their education and field.

Internship Opportunities 

Learn to apply course material in the real world and build your resume. The Department of Child and Family Studies partners with local agencies so students can gain experience working with different populations. 

Community Counseling Center 

As an Administrative Agent for the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH), Community Counseling Center (CCC) is entrusted to provide a full array of comprehensive behavioral health services within five southeastern Missouri counties of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Madison, Perry, and Ste. Genevieve. The Center is funded by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Cape Girardeau, Perry and Ste. Genevieve County Mental Health Boards, fees for services, grants, contracts, private and corporate gifts. 

Gibson Recovery Center

The Gibson Center works to bring every individual a new chance for a better life and provides services to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or handicap. The Gibson Center is a non-profit corporation formed for the purpose of creating and operating needed substance use services. It operates under the statutes and regulations of the State of Missouri which governs organizations of this type. 

Safe House for Women

The Safe House for Women is a not-for-profit, private 501(c)(3) domestic violence agency that provides safe shelter, 24-hour crisis hot line services, intensive case management, counseling, court advocacy, referral services, and education programs. The Safe House was established in 1991, providing safe shelter and a crisis hot line as a source of immediate help for victims of domestic violence and abuse. 

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau

Along the banks of the Mississippi River, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is home to Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, a skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation center recently built in February 2014.  

Cape Girardeau Public Schools

Cape Girardeau Public Schools (CGPS) is committed to providing a high-quality education for every child in the school district. We believe by using a rigorous curriculum, offering an extensive range of courses, and providing a wide variety of extracurricular activities, our students will be prepared to succeed after graduation. 

Office Location
Scully Building 114
Mailing Location
One University Plaza, MS 5750
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701