Study: Remote Human Services Internships
Nicole Kras, Ph.D., HS-BCP 
 

Study Name: Remote Human Services Internships 

PI: Nicole Kras, Ph.D. Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Human Services, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, A City University of New York 

Research Purpose and Hypothesis: The rise of tele-health services and the unknowns of a post-COVID world, leaves open the possibility of an increase in remote human services internships for the future. The purpose of this study is to identify best practices in developing and supporting remote internships and discussing the role they will play in the future of human services education. This exploratory study begins this work by inquiring into the views of human services faculty, field coordinators, practitioners, and students about their experiences with remote internships.  

Research Method: An electronic questionnaire will be distributed to all current members of the National Organization of Human Services (NOHS). Upon approval, NOHS has a "Research Projects and Studies" benefit for organizational members. The organization will send the questionnaire link and study description to all current members, which includes human services faculty, staff, students, and practitioners. The study will be left open for two weeks. While the questionnaire responses are anonymous, participants will have the opportunity to enter their email addresses for an opportunity to be selected for one of three electronic $20 Amazon gift cards. Email addresses will not be associated with their responses. All responses will be kept in a password protected file on the researcher's computer. Responses will be collected and organized by the participant's role (i.e., graduate student, undergraduate faculty member, field coordinator). Results from the questionnaire will undergo a multi-stepped thematic analysis.

When social restrictions were implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic hit, several human services education programs created alternative options to in-person internships. This may have included the development of remote internships. For many programs, remote internships were a novel idea that needed to be rapidly developed and implemented. The rise of tele-health services and the unknowns of a post-COVID world, leaves open the possibility of an increase in remote human services internships for the future. I am interested the perspectives of those who have experience with remote internships as a student, faculty member, field coordinator, practitioner, or others in related roles. Attached is a link to a questionnaire about remote human services internship. At the end of the questionnaire, you will have the option to submit your email address to be entered into a lotto to win one of three $20 electronic Amazon gift cards. The questionnaire should take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you for your time and your consideration.

Participants: Individuals who have had experience with remote human services internships.

Study Link
Questionnaire
Informed Consent
IRB Approval Letter